Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st May 2008 09:10 UTC
Apple The soap surrounding PsyStar, the company that offers a Mac clone for sale, just keeps on running. After the initial launch, the company was plagued by doubt and mystery surrounding its actual existence, but soon after videos started popping up of the OpenComputer out in the wild, beyond the company itself. Thanks to CNet, the company may now have fully redeemed itself.
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Very wrong - Apple does owe you. Once you've purchased a license to use the software you have certain rights. One of such rights is to run the software on hardware of your choice. The current situation with Apple's EULA can be easily explained with the following analogy: imagine Sony BMG started wrapping their CDs in an EULA which says "by unpacking this CD from this EULA you agree to only play said CD on a Sony-labeled CD player". No copyright holder can legally restrict the way licensed material is used. This is why in any sensible law system this kind of statement is automatically voided. Therefore it is also illegal to technically restrict such an act (e.g. by automatically aborting installation if you don't run on a genuine Apple computer).

The above statement of course does not apply to any other services associated with the copyrighted material. Apple may very well say that you are entitled to software updates only if run it on genuine hardware. This can be easily made part of a SLA (Service Level Agreement) and is in fact common industry practice - e.g. Oracle on supports you if you run their DB on something like RHEL, not anything like Debian.

Edited 2008-05-01 11:54 UTC

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