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Join Date: Mar 2009
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Re: Question About Mac OSX - 04-22-2009, 12:58 AM
I know people may think this is "stupid" or "illegal"... but if I purchase a copy of Leopard, then I will use it on all of the Macs I own :lol:
Sorry, but I am not paying for the same exact thing as a "Family License" so I can use it on 5 Macs (or Hacks). I am not going to spread my copy of OSX around to all of my friends, family, coworkers, acquaintances, random people on the street... but I am not going to purchase 2 copies (one for my MacBook Pro and one for my MacBook Mini :lol
I guess this is a violation of the EULA, but it is also controversial whether or not Hackintoshes are legal. Yeah, it is more cut and dry that using a single license of OSX is more illegal than a Hackintosh, but meh.
(Also, if I purchased an OSX 10.5.5 disk and I feel like installing OSX 10.5.6 directly from disk and not doing the combo update... then I will use my friends copy to avoid the inconvenience. In the end, Apple still has my support and money for the OS)
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Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Question About Mac OSX - 04-22-2009, 03:34 AM
As for illegality - there's a distinction between violating a contract or licensing agreement and committing an illegal act (although that distinction is increasingly being blurred by actions designed to criminalize behavior that would otherwise be just a business dispute) - in this case, there is a significant difference between violating an agreement (not illegal) and the law.
Finally, as noted above, it is not clear at all that a "hackintosh" violates the EULA, which states that "this License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time." http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/MacOSX.htm
If anything, it raises the question if you are violating the EULA by running the software on a macbook where you have covered Apple's labeling. Certainly, Apple could have tied it directly to hardware manufactured and sold by Apple - but it did not. Of course, anyone selling a hackintosh with an Apple label on it might have trademark or copyright infringement issues.
Join Date: Apr 2009
Re: Question About Mac OSX - 04-22-2009, 03:42 AM
I'm not sure if you understood what I was saying (I'm not as well-spoken as you), but what I meant in regards to installs and licenses is that the disk itself can be used as many times as you want, as long as each install is tied to a license for the current version x (for OS X 10.x, whether that's the license from the disk itself, from another 10.x disk, or from a Mac with an included license).
I was not aware of the clause that states that it has to be Apple-labeled, not Apple-manufactured. Interesting... I wonder how Psystar and OpenMac will use that to their defense. Is there some part of the EULA that defines what "Apple-labeled" means, whether it's "labeled by Apple" or "with an Apple label/logo"? Strange grey area...
In any event, I would suggest that everyone purchase enough licenses of OS X to cover the computers they will be using. It's the right thing to do by the EULA, and the right thing to do by Apple.
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