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: sale of shiny discs
by WereCatf on Fri 25th Apr 2008 17:34 UTC in reply to "sale of shiny discs"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

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!

I am a layman ( girl actually, silly english :O ) when it comes to laws but I have understood that here it is legal to hack, burn or whatever you may wish the copy of software you have bought as long as you don't break the copyright law by sharing those hacks or modified copies of the software. So atleast here it should be totally legal to install OSX on any computer you own, I just doubt you would be able to sell computers with hacked OSX pre-installed. You _could_ sell a computer and non-modified OSX together along with instructions on how to hack it yourself though.

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RE[2]: sale of shiny discs
by Doc Pain on Fri 25th Apr 2008 20:15 in reply to "RE: sale of shiny discs"
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2006-10-08

[...] I have understood that here it is legal to hack, burn or whatever you may wish the copy of software you have bought as long as you don't break the copyright law by sharing those hacks or modified copies of the software.


This would be the case in Germany, too, as far as I do understand it. The legal term is "private backup copy" (private Sicherheitskopie) which allows you to duplicate, for example, installation CDs / DVDs for your individual use; regarding the intended use of these installation media, i. e. the installing process itself, you are required to have the license to do it (usually a shiny sticker on the back or the bottom of your computer) with the respective registration code. You even may give the duplicated media to someone else, as long as it is an 1:1 copy (no modifications), the person given the copy will of course need to have a license, too.

So atleast here it should be totally legal to install OSX on any computer you own, I just doubt you would be able to sell computers with hacked OSX pre-installed.


Well, I think so, too. In both regards.

You _could_ sell a computer and non-modified OSX together along with instructions on how to hack it yourself though.


This could be possible. The only situation interesting would be if it's allowed to sell these instructions ("how to do something that is not intended and may be illegal"), but you can surely sell a PC, a set of Mac OS X installation media, and give some sheets of printed paper as a "thank you present". :-)

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