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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Well this depends on how MacOSX and the Mac are marketed. If a Mac is sold as a "personal computer", then you have a point. If otherwise is marketed as a platform, a combination of both hardware and software, then your assumptions are not valid. In Italy for example, Macintoshes were always marketed as platforms and as such the idea of buying a mac without osx was never considered viable or legal. This is reflected on pricing as well. Macosx is priced relatively low (for the low numbers compared to windows counterparts) because part of the developement costs were already heavily charged on the original mac purchase.

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