Crippleware laws

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Are there laws protecting consumers from manufactures using crippleware to slow or disable there products so you are forced to upgrade or replace a for example a cell phone or car or any device using a computer?
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As far as I know there are no laws protecting the consumer.This practice sounds all too familiar and similar to today’s mobile apps. You hit a brick wall and the only way to proceed is via micro-transactions. Those annoying in-game purchase you need. 
It all sounds a lot like the drug dealers of old, they give you a little for free to get you hooked then get you on the back end. 
Besides being an additional revenue stream for software vendors, I can see more of them going to Cloud based services like Adobe Photoshop where there is a monthly fee to use the software. No more need to pay for a one time upgrade when you pay forever to use the product.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    Great question that I don't know the answer to! I'm sure this is on the FTC's radar (or at least it should be)...Interestingly, a family member recently had a check engine light come on in her BMW. She took it into the dealer and was forced to pay ~$90 for them to tell her that her car needed a software update. Absolutely ridiculous!

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  • Subhendu Sen
    Software program/utility that does not have all features enabled or has limited capabilities until the user registers the program and receives a code to unlock the program/until buy is called crippleware. As per definition. yes, vendors can be forced to upgrade/replace for their market strategy/ profit. But different people has different opinions/ views.
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