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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RE[2]: END USER licence agreement
by droidix on Fri 25th Apr 2008 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE: END USER licence agreement"
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I would suggest that a loophole is in the "agree" section. If the software can be extracted from the install media, and installed on hardware without using the standard installer, then the prompt to agree will never be shown. The article states that "If you acquire software via legal means, you technically don't need an EULA at all". I would be interested in knowing whether this would be valid.


I would like to hear more opinions on this as the specific method mentioned is actually used by some of the OSx86 guys to install Leopard. They use a shareware app named Pacifist that extracts and installs the packages directly from the DVD without their ever being a license to accept.

Now this shareware is for Mac OS X, so it might be questionable how they already have a working copy installed (except in the case of using a real mac to extract the files and then installing the drive in a generic PC).

But, a clever coder could write an open source version that runs on Linux. Now imagine using a Linux live CD tailored specifically for installing OS X on PCs. The user is just prompted to insert their retail Leopard DVD after the live CD has finished the groundwork like partitioning the hard drive and installing the bootloader.

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