License terms of Lion on new MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by dacapo, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. dacapo macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2010
    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

  2. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    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.
  3. kappaknight macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2009
    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.
  4. dacapo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2010
    Thanks for the responses. Too bad they sort of conflict with each other. Hmmm...
  5. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It is licensed for a single computer.

    From the SLA (bottom of the first page).
  6. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    "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.
  7. dacapo thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2010
    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.
  8. joecd77 macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2007
    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.

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