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Ask OSNews: Hackintosh Legality
on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:23 UTC
A reader asks: "Can someone comment on the legality of using my brother's old Snow Leopard DVD to install OS X? My brother has Lion, so why can't he choose to give it to me? It doesn't violate Apple's 1 license per 1 computer policy."
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Comment by zima
on Wed 7th Dec 2011 21:34 UTC in reply to "
Depends on Jurisdiction
In WIPO signatory countries (like the US and Europe), you must accept the EULA terms to obtain a license to use (copy to disk or memory) the software and a license for the patents embodied in the software (codecs, etc.). In other parts of the world, it may not be a copyright violation or a patent violation.
"In WIPO signatory countries" is an almost redundant distinction, virtually whole map is in.
And what you claim one supposedly "must" do is rubbish - certainly I don't have to care, in one place in the EU, about licensing terms
which are contrary to the law
. Or about software patents, which don't exist here.
Actually, I can for example install one license of software on as many machines as I like - as long as only one will be used, only one will run, at any given time.
The DMCA would not apply to the Apple software as there are no access controls of any sort in place. There are technical issues to be overcome to use the software, to be certain, but there's no encryption or intentional impediment to prevent access or copying.
Apple used TPM at least for few years after Intel transition. Plus Apple themselves claim there are copy protection measures in OSX falling under DMCA, and the court of law agreed:
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