Legal to use Leopard Background?

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  1. charliex5 macrumors regular

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    I'm sorry, but I couldn't figure out where to post this...

    Is it legal to use the Leopard Galaxy background for my website? Thanks!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Dozens of companies use the Earth photo that Apple uses. Whether that's legal is up for debate...

    Oh...

    I was going to say that it was okay, but I kind of derailed myself there...
     
  3. iParis macrumors 68040

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    I'm pretty sure it doesn't matter.
    Just don't claim it as your own.
     
  4. DYER macrumors 6502

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    if you shove copyright Apple inc (or whtever the actualt company name is) into the bottom corner or somewhere u should be fine. whether it is 100% legal is questionable but acknowledgment means u will most likely not get botherd
     
  5. hehe299792458 macrumors 6502a

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  6. charliex5 thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks!

    Thank you for the quick replies, I appreciate it.
     
  7. drichards macrumors 6502a

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    Its not quite original to say the least... but Apple's legal department has better things to do than hunt down every website using their photos from /library/desktops/
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'd think as long as you own license to the OS, you are entitled to use whatever it comes with.
     
  9. iParis macrumors 68040

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    What if he doesn't own the OS?
    He could be using a OS X Tiger or maybe a PC.
     
  10. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    unless your a huge multimillion dollar corporation, I doubt apple would care if you use their photo. just play dumb if a situation happens to arise :D
     
  11. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I'm pretty sure that's not true. Apple have almost certainly licensed that image for redistribution with OSX, but it is almost certainly copyrighted. Buying a copy of Leopard does not give you any redistribution right, or even any right to use it outside of the OS. Whilst Apple are unlikely to chase individuals over this image the copyright holders may well.

    Whilst I can't manage to find a link I'm pretty sure there was a case a few years back where someone re-used a stock image supplied with Windows and the original copyright holder took them to court.
     
  12. theotherguy macrumors member

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    use it

    the 1st thing you would get is a cease & desist letter, which you then just follow.
     

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