People especially economists compare buying a software with buying a car. But this isn’t true. Actually the purchase is comparable to buy a license to use a special car with many restrictions.
e.g. you can’t
- install it on as many pcs you want. In contrast everyone you trust and has driver license can drive your car
- modify it (just a very little).
- give it away/sell it
- cannibalize it after it stopped working (a broken car you can strip from useful components)
- go to a car dealer/repairshop of your choice (there are some movements in the car industry to restrict this either)
- disable advertisments (in the car world they are optionally for your car)
- have a choice which car you use. In software world nearly every company tries to lock in the users
One similarity is: you are the product.
Many people live from you by exploiting your nescience (in the car as in the software industry)