Good news for Psystar

Discussion in 'Apple, Inc and Tech Industry' started by Amdahl, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Amdahl macrumors 65816

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    http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1557653/software-owned-licensed

    This is 'good news' for Psystar, because it means that license rules that attempt to limit the purchasers ability to use (or in this case, sell) the software are not enforceable, unless the software company actually is licensing the software, and takes the software back after the license expires.
     
  2. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    From the article you link to, this case appears to speak to the ability of a person or company to resell a software package and transfer the license. I don't think that is an issue in the Psystar case.
     
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The problem with the Psystar case, as I understand it, is that they are only enabling the EFI emulation, which in itself is no crime.

    Then they give you a Snow Leopard DVD, which is legal because it's unopened and they are not the end-user (hence the EULA doesn't apply) and say do what you want. At the worst, they are enabling the end-user, much like Limewire does, but they are still paying for the license, so unlike Limewire they couldn't get in trouble or copyright infringement.
     
  4. BaldiMac macrumors 604

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    First, they are not "only" enabling EFI emulation. The also have no emulate the SMC to present a decryption key that Apple has embedded in the SMC. OS X will not run without it.

    Second, Apple doesn't call their license a EULA. They call it an SLA (Software License Agreement). Psystar installs OS X on their computers. That is copyright infringement. If they did not install OS X, but they enabled their customers to be able to install it, that would be contributory infringement. Not much difference.
     
  5. couto27 macrumors 6502

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    more the facts that we dont no if psystar buys them from apple,retailer etc or do some copys.
     

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