Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 2nd May 2009 12:08 UTC
Legal It's been relatively quiet around the whole Psystar case lately. The case is supposedly going to trial somewhere in November of this year, and the two opposing parties are probably preparing their cases. We've finally got some news on this front, as Apple is accusing Psystar of withholding financial information. Apple made its accusations in a partly censored letter to judge William Alsup.
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RE: Who is behind the curtain?
by TechGeek on Sat 2nd May 2009 14:12 UTC in reply to "Who is behind the curtain?"
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

open business is behind the curtain. We have allowed draconian laws to exist regarding software because we think its different than every thing else. But, IMHO, when you buy software, you buy a copy. Not license it. I also don't see why Apple should get to see the financial info for this company. This case is about copyright infringement and being able to do what you want with what you've bought. Including reselling it.

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looncraz Member since:
2005-07-24

THANK YOU!

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Fennec_Fox Member since:
2006-10-30

Thank you! This is EXACTLY how it should be viewed! The whole concept of a product I have to pay for outright, and yet never actually own is totally alien to me.

This has been argued for years, but I still think that a software is no different than a jacket. I go to the store, buy a leather jacket, come home and change, say, buttons on it. Then I want to re-sell the said jacket, explicitly disclosing to buyer that I have changed buttons. In software world, the manufacturer of a jacket would sue me for copyright infringement...

And yet, I am not re-selling an unauthorized knock-off, I paid in full for the garment... And I did include the appropriate CAVEAT EMPTOR statement... So, what seems to be the problem?

Edited 2009-05-02 18:20 UTC

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DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

open business is behind the curtain. We have allowed draconian laws to exist regarding software because we think its different than every thing else. But, IMHO, when you buy software, you buy a copy. Not license it. I also don't see why Apple should get to see the financial info for this company. This case is about copyright infringement and being able to do what you want with what you've bought. Including reselling it.


When you buy software, you buy the media. You can do whatever you want with that media, including re-selling it. The right to re-sell the software is not what is in question in this case, as it would have already been thrown out.

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Moredhas Member since:
2008-04-10

Personally, I think if I buy software (not bloody likely, but hypothetically), the copy I have is my collection of 1s and 0s, and I'll butcher it as much as I want. Obviously making copies and selling them as the original product, or distributing copies of commercial software freely should be illegal, because in both cases they undermine the sale of the original product (I don't feel this way about music btw - software and music are completely different). I'll do whatever I want with the copy I paid for though. Even if I want to resell it to some poor schmuck with a 20% markup, more fool him for buying second hand at a higher price than new.

I guess technically, those "Vista Transformation Packs" and that Flyakite OS X thing for Windows XP are illegal too, since they modify the operating system (at the very least they hack the themeui.dll, I think that's what it's called). I don't care though, once it's on my hard drive, whatever I do to it can't harm the original company.

I will say this, however: If you don't like the rules, don't play the game. If your freedoms are that important to you, use free software, not proprietary junk.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

I'm just buying the media, then Windows and OS X should only cost 27 cents. Thanks for the steep discount.

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Tuishimi Member since:
2005-07-06

Resell it ONCE since you bought it ONCE.

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