I imagine this is an issue with many software vendors. Activation via the Internet, and the activation is limited to the specific computer that was used to activate the license.
The problem appears if the SketchUp software company were to go out of business. The software would continue to run, but only as long as you stay with your current computer. If it breaks, or you want to buy a new one, you would have not way to transfer that license. Am I correct?
The reason I am inquiring is that I just started part-time for a company that uses SketchUp. I am now considering recommending SketchUp for the other company. That company uses a DWG editor, BricsCAD. The benefit of staying with native DWG files is that I have the option of using several other programs that use the same DWG format. SketchUp is its own unique file format. If I were to loose access to the program, then I can no longer use my drawings.
How have other companies handled this issue? Again, this is not an issue limited to SketchUp, since locking a program to a specific computer is so common now-a-days.