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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by tupp on Sun 27th Apr 2008 01:16 UTC
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"In The Netherlands, an EULA constitutes as a contract, and as such, you need to treat an EULA according to Contract Law."

"Violating" an EULA is not a criminal offense. There are no criminal statutes nor legislation involved in an EULA (not even copyright) -- an EULA is just a civil contract. That is why it is called an end user license AGREEMENT.

So, it is not a crime to make a hackintosh, despite all of the whines from the dissuading Mac fanboys.

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