Here in this section, we answer some commonly asked 'legal' questions:
Is IBM's Webfacing product 'illegal'?
I. Is IBM's Webfacing product 'illegal'?
As most of you are aware IBM's Webfacing takes existing green
screen/interactive applications and converts them to batch CPW.
However, one needs to have original source code to convert to batch
and this may take some time (days, weeks, months) to convert
depending on the application. Then, of course, customer
applications sometimes call OS400 commands (e.g. WRKSPLF, WRKSBMJOB) and
here is the problem; as
IBM cannot give the IBM source code (for conversion), what
does IBM's Webfacing product do? IBM allows the execution
of these OS400 Interactive commands without incurring the 'penalty'
This is the documented and observed behavior of IBM's Webfacing
II. Why IBM implies MAX400 and products like it, are perhaps not 'legal'?
IBM's tenure is that it believes
products like MAX400 modify IBM Licensed Internal
Code which is a violation of IBM's license
agreements with its customers pursuant to which the
customer agrees not to modify Licensed Internal
Max400 does not modify IBM Licensed Internal
Code. After you test/preview MAX400, simply end the
MAX400 job and all MAX400 tuning will end. To
uninstall the product, simply delete the object. If
you IPL your machine, and you wish to continue
running MAX400, you must resubmit the MAX400 job, as
MAX400 does not make any changes to the original
code of your system.
As MAX400 does not modify Licensed Internal Code, therefore, we believe customers are not in violation of IBM's license agreements. MAX400 enhances the operating system by 'technology' that enhances the Interactive CPW of the computer system. Of course, MAX400 interactive CPW enhancement technology is a trade secret.
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III. Will IBM come
to customer and say they are violating IBM's licensing agreement?
Secondly, IBM will concede to you that their
licensing agreements have been modified over time. IBM will try to
tell the customer that the customer perhaps is in violation but the fact is IBM
is very unlikely to sue a customer (especially based on changing
interactive rules made by IBM in the late 80's and early 90's
there was no interactive tax.) Only later IBM changed the rules and lowered
interactive on each AS400 model as they built it. So this is not a
'legal' position that they want to go to court with. Otherwise they
would sue various companies who 'beat' the interactive limit. All IBM
can do is put 'fear, uncertainty, and doubt' with the customer about
using a product like MAX400 (e.g. unstable, not modern enough
IV. How does
MAX400 position itself as AS/400 performance tuning / monitoring tool?
Yes. A lot of programs are system state programs
e.g. Operations Monitoring and scheduling, security etc. Such programs
exist in such a state to ensure it can complete tasks limited by *USER
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