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dacapo
Jul 21, 2011, 03:58 PM
Just wondering about this scenario:

If I buy a new MBA, it comes with Lion...and I assume some sort of recovery media and/or license to redownload from the App Store.

Does the license cover my re-downloading Lion onto my MBP? Or do I shell out $30 separately?

Not trying to be ultra-cheap. Just don't want to waste money if I don't have to. Well, maybe a little cheap. :D

Thoughts?



Anonymous Freak
Jul 21, 2011, 04:42 PM
Just wondering about this scenario:

If I buy a new MBA, it comes with Lion...and I assume some sort of recovery media and/or license to redownload from the App Store.

Does the license cover my re-downloading Lion onto my MBP? Or do I shell out $30 separately?

Not trying to be ultra-cheap. Just don't want to waste money if I don't have to. Well, maybe a little cheap. :D

Thoughts?

Interesting... The only EULA I can find for Lion is for the version that is on the App Store, which uses the App Store policy of "all of your personally-owned or controlled machines". However copies of OSes that come with hardware tend to be more of a "this hardware only" thing.

I'd say that you would need to buy it.

kappaknight
Jul 21, 2011, 06:19 PM
Follow the EULA of the App store. There are ways to extra the app to make bootable CD's and USB sticks. You only have to buy it once.

dacapo
Jul 21, 2011, 06:39 PM
Thanks for the responses. Too bad they sort of conflict with each other. Hmmm...

Nermal
Jul 21, 2011, 06:41 PM
It is licensed for a single computer.

A. Standard and Preinstalled Apple Software License. Subject to the terms and conditions of this License, unless you obtained the Apple Software from the Mac App Store or under a volume license, maintenance or other written agreement from Apple, you are granted a limited, non-exclusive license to install, use and run one (1) copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-branded computer at any one time. For example, these standard single-copy license terms apply to you if you obtained the Apple Software preinstalled on Apple- branded hardware.

From the SLA (http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf) (bottom of the first page).

WardC
Jul 21, 2011, 06:45 PM
"Run" means "use" -- i.e. you cannot Install Lion on a corporate business's 50 computers for everyone to use a copy of Lion bought from one person's AppleID account.

You can install Lion on all of your personal machines (even if you own 50 intel Macs), if you are the sole user of those Macs, and will only be using one at a time.

This is sorta hard to understand, but that is basically what Apple means. They don't want someone installing hundreds of copies of Lion from one user account for multiple people to use concurrently, there are volume licenses for this kind of thing.

dacapo
Jul 21, 2011, 09:03 PM
It is licensed for a single computer.



From the SLA (http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf) (bottom of the first page).

Okay, that's what I thought. So, it works one way, but not the other.

That is, I can buy the Lion OS from the App Store and install on 2 or 3 or more macs, but I can't buy a Lion-pre-loaded Mac and install on other machines. It's only 30 bucks, so not a huge deal. But it's good to know, thanks.

joecd77
Jul 21, 2011, 09:36 PM
I'm trying to figure out Lion's licensing terms in regards to used Macs. If I upgrade one of my older macs that is currently running Snow Leopard to Lion. What happens if I were to sell that Mac? Am I supposed to downgrade to Snow Leopard and make the buyer repurchase Lion? I asked an Apple employee about this regarding the Family Pack and they basically said there is nothing stopping me.... I want to know what Apple's official policy is on this. I'm always buying used Mac for me and my family and selling them as well. I want to make sure I stay legal.