Office product key

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  1. Dale_Nx26 macrumors member

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    For Microsoft Office 2004 product key, if I uninstall Office from my Mac, does that mean that same product key is now available to use for another installation on a different Mac?? Thank you.
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    AFAIK, yessir
     
  3. Dale_Nx26 thread starter macrumors member

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    I didn't exactly uninstall it per say. I completely wiped out my hard drive and reinstalled OS X, so that leaves no trace of prior Office. Is there a problem with that? Could I now sell the Student and Teacher edition I now have?
     
  4. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    Generally one COA or license per running copy is the rule. If you don't even have it installed you have nothing to worry about.

    Commercial licensees pay for a certain number of 'seats' so that one license can apply. This is not your problem either.

    The new Windows 7 Release Candidate is a freely available download and apparently any one of a dozen or so keys will work for an install. I haven't compared my license to others on the list.

    Also many commercial copies of Windows come pre installed and the license is often physically installed on the outside of the computer somewhere. So in effect that computer will always be legal with that version of Windows. If you sell the computer the COA goes with it. This is parallel to what you intend, selling the software with the license included. It's legit.
     
  5. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    you dont have to be so ocd about it. you can keep it installed and still sell it...
     
  6. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Which is illegal. It's a safe bet that the OP has at least a shred of morality.
     
  7. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    My heart bleeds for microsoft and their financial losses.:rolleyes:
     
  8. sysiphus macrumors 6502a

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    So since they can afford to take the hit, that makes it ok? Glad to hear you're such a stand up guy. :rolleyes:
     
  9. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Stealing is stealing, no matter who you steal from.
     
  10. likemyorbs macrumors 68000

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    it's funny, in real life i don't run into nearly as many holier than thou goody goodies as i do on forums... its really not that big of a deal
     
  11. daflake macrumors 6502a

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    Ask me that to my face and I would say the same.... It is stealing. :rolleyes:
     
  12. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Fixed that for ya.
    ;)
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    You: +1 pack of gum
    Store : +0 money for gum

    You: +1 software suite
    Programmers: +0 money for software suite

    Exact. Same. Thing.
     
  14. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    I'm positive you can have two computers sharing a key. I think you can have up to three but not certain.
     
  15. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    Me + 1 pack of gum
    Store -1 pack of gum

    Me +1 copy of Office
    Programmers -0 copies of Office

    Copyright infringement doesnt make it any less legal or ethical, but its more correct, grammatically.

    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/steal

    I have (hypothetically, of course) taken nothing from MS, i only made a copy of the disc data. MS lost nothing because it cost them nothing when i (once again, hypothetical) copied my friend's disc. Had i gone into Best Buy and lifted a box of Office from their shelves we would have theft.
     
  16. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Too true, it'd be hard to argue that stealing gum is copyright infringement. :D

    Grammatically my sentence was fine. Semantically, well that could be argued. Either way your argument is against forum policy.
     
  17. ltldrummerboy macrumors 68000

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    I believe that you can install it on up to 3 computers you own.

    One license per person, not per computer. That's how Adobe does it.
     
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    I won't get into legal debates, but if you use Little Snitch to block outgoing connections, you can install as many as you want.
     
  20. nastebu macrumors 6502

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    But this is intellectual property, which means it comes in under that definition you cited, the "To take (the property of another) without right or permission" part. Intellectual property isn't physical, but it's still property.
     
  21. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    then you violate the agreement you make with MS when you install the program. Come on people, belly up to the bar and pay for the program. :mad:
     

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  22. Dale_Nx26 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all the replies everyone. So I uninstalled it on all my computers (i realized I had it on 2). Hopefully everything is legal for me to sell Office 2004. Bye!
     
  23. NoSmokingBandit macrumors 68000

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    How is this?
     

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