Re: Sage have started blocking people today, but not because of TLS
Its all about maximising the sales opportunity. If Sage turn off everyone at the same time their sales team / customer service will be bombarded by lots of very cross people, many of whom will have been in discussion with Sage previously and already made it clear that they do not wish to pay a substantial monthly fee to continue to use the facilities that they previously bought a perpetual licence for.
Switching off a few at a time is quite cleaver in one sense because it gives Sage time to focus on a few opportunities each day without blocking the whole sales department.
It also seems like a blatant abuse of their position given that they are potentially causing those users substantial stress and costly disruption. I assume from your post that they were not able to swiftly restore your licence to the system?
However tenuous as an excuse to sell subscriptions, the whole obsolete TLS excuse as a reason for turning off the old licence server does have some seed of truth because those TLS standards are indeed obsolete. Sage had said all along that they want to turn off the old systems that are insecure. Based on what they have said to you today, they are intentionally disabling licences though – that’s very different. They can’t argue that disabling the license is resolving the security vulnerability because the server is still on and its still talking to the client’s system.
There have been suggestions previously that the number of remaining perpetual licence users was so small as to not be relevant to Sage in terms of risk or loss. This strategy could suggest that there are still a reasonable number out there.
Keep hold of any evidence. Perhaps things will fall into place for a collective legal action.