Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Apr 2008 15:01 UTC
Legal When PsyStar announced they would be offering their own Macintosch clone, pre-installed with Apple's Mac OS X Leopard, they opened up a whole can of worms. Despite the fact that the company itself was shrouded in mystery and dubiousness, the possible implications of their actions sparkled an interesting debate here on OSNews as well as other discussion venues: can PsyStar and its users just discard Apple's End User License Agreement for Leopard? Instead of relying on my own limited layman's understanding of Dutch Common Law, I decided to contact Dutch legal experts, and ask for their opinions on Apple's EULA, and EULAs in general.
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sale of shiny discs
by mabhatter on Fri 25th Apr 2008 17:25 UTC
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European courts are very shy on restrictions beyond copyright. Imagine if a cookbook maker said those recipes were only "licensed" for parties, in your home, of under 10 people... it's a BOOK silly. Why that was ever allowed. As long as you are not making copies of the shiny disk then you should be good.

I'm sure they've already secured a box of legally bought OSX disks from Apple. Under European rules, they can make the programs on the shiny disk do whatever they want, they are supplying one legally bought disc per machine so they are not violating copyright. It's just that US copyrights have FAR too much power over software you can "rip" your CDs legally to iPods but you can't hack your legally purchased OS DVD to run on 1 machine of your choosing. See how silly that is!

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