To clarify so that there are no misunderstandings:
You buy LightBurn for $40 gCode version or $80 DSP version, as of today’s prices.
The “timer” starts from the first time you put your key into the software. You get one year of updates from that date, although they got padded by an extra few months for early adopters as a sign of appreciation.
Getting the upgrade from gCode to DSP simply adds the additional DSP Devices to your existing license. It does not affect the “timer”. You are just paying the difference between the cost of the licenses.
No one should be out of time yet, although some might be getting close. The system and processes for renewals are in the works
So to answer Wayne’s original question: no, an upgrade is completely separate from a renewal.