08-24-2010, 06:21 PM
I'll respectfully disregard the anti-sentiment American sentiment of the last comment.
As I said I don't know for sure that it's illegal BUT I also don't assume that it's not illegal to manipulate consumers into believing their current software is out of date plus force them to pay for operation critical "software fixes" in order to profit from selling twice as many licenses of software per year either.
It definitely could be viewed as a potential racketeering case if someone really wanted to sit down and look at it with unbiased eyes. With AutoDesk releasing lots of buggy or incomplete features in every version and then basically forcing users to pay to resolve the problems in the next release that they created on an intentionally rushed development schedule it doesn't seem all that different from some crime syndicate rackets.