There is a software product I use that has a professional version, which costs money, and a community version, which is free and less capable. Also, the end user agreement for the community version restricts use to individuals and non-profits. This program is written specifically for the type of work I do and is very powerful. I've tried several alternatives, and they all seem to fall into one of two categories: 1) Powerful, but general purpose and somewhat clumsy to customize to my needs. 2) Customized to the type of work I do, but not very powerful.
When my boss was transitioning into management, he split his time between task duties and supervising. During that time he purchased a 5 user license of the software described above. By the time that license expired, he had been become a full time manager and the other people who used the software had moved on to other tasks (or out of the organization), leaving me as the only user of that software in our organization. So, the boss decided that he would not pay for the license any more. When I said I wanted to continue using the program, he told me to use the community version.
However, I feel guilty using the community version and concerned about the possible legal ramifications for me if the vendor should decide to pursue legal action. I do not report the violation, since it would be easy to determine who made that report, and I would surely be out of a job.
A one year license is a few hundred U.S. dollars. What might I do to persuade him to spend the money on a professional license?