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    Default Re: GE Fanuc & FANUC proprietary posts

    Information can not be copyrighted; the form in which information appears can. This applies to manuals, options etc.



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    As an FYI: Under EU law, All purchased equipment and software information including serial numbers, product keys and feature codes are considered personal and private information owned by the purchasing entity. Owners have all right to redistribute that information in any form. Companies have no right to use or restrict this information without the consent of the owners. This means anyone from the EU can provide anyone serial numbers, product keys and feature codes.

    Interesting how in the US we are still under the corporate (oligarchic) yoke of oppression; I thought we had a revolution to remove the crown's absolute and inconsistent application of power.



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    Well said.
    In North America, law is largely influenced by lobbyists. Fanuc is by no means the only company to 'lock out' features that are present already. That method is for the benefit of the manufacturer, NOT the user. As to the legality of 'turning on' options, even lawyers find it a murky area.



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    Well, we should clarify...

    Fanuc is no longer associated with GE.. Fanuc America is a private company along with others, its more like a franchise today.

    Since publishing purchasing codes/feature keys is legal in the EU, an EU site could be setup as a reference. Despite the legalities of having access to "the" information, it is still illegal (theft) to use features without purchase. Enforcement is an issue. The responsibility falls on the companies, Fanuc in this case, to ensure compliance for each fielded machine.

    Having said all that, I like Fanuc America's products and support. I can only recommend purchasing features to help them, and companies supporting their products, to stay in business.



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