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They emailed me and said I must put it back up.
I sympathize with your plight. One of the first things I try to do if I install software on a web site is remove telltale footprints. The last thing you want is for your site to get caught up in some kind of witch hunt (as has happened to link directories and forums in the past). Removing any telltale signs of a software type is tougher when they require a copyright notice as part of their license.
One other thought - put the copyright notice in an image. SEs won't see it, but the software people may be satisfied.
Usually when you buy software, you are not buying the actual code, you are buying a license to use that code. So your specific rights with this piece of software would be stated in the licensing agreement.
Whether you were allowed to customize the script in other ways may also be worth checking in to.
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Generaly you are not actualy purchasing the software with your initial price, what you are doing is purchasing the right to use the software. There is a difference. The same can be said for microsoft windows for example. They still own the software, what you pay for is a licsence to be able to use it.
The extra price you are being asked to pay will actualy make you the owner of the code. This will allow you to modify it remove visable referances to the software company ect.
This form of software licsencing is not at all un-common, unfortunatly that just the way things appear to be going just now.
I will probably just purchase the copyright removal license. I do not really have the time to make this software, because I'm currently working on my own piece of software.
I'm glad to know how licensing works now, as it will come in handy when I release my software.