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macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 17, 2015
Now I imagine this is a strangely specific case... but help would be appreciated.

I just purchased a MacBook Pro with OS X 10.12 and Final Cut pre-installed from the seller.
I would ideally like to get Final Cut Pro onto my iMac as well, and I would like to avoid spending money again on only app. I would imagine I could copy+paste the .app onto a flash drive or something and transfer, but that's where the issue is.

My iMac is running OS X 10.9 and is not compatible with the latest Final Cut as is on my MacBook. So I would need to have Final Cut Pro registered as "purchased" so I can go to the App Store from my iMac and download the last compatible version..

Does anyone have any kind of suggestion or is my only option to get it onto the iMac by purchasing it? Upgrading from 10.9 is not an option. Thank you.


macrumors 68040
Apr 25, 2012
Technically, you don't have a license for FCP on the computer you bought that came with it. If someone sells you a Mac with anything other than the OS, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, GarageBand and iMovie then the additional software was provided to you illegally.


macrumors 68040
Sep 8, 2011
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Like Hallux said, that's pirate software at this point. However, if you decide to purchase Final Cut Pro on your MacBook, then you'll be able to download the older version via the Mac App Store in OS X Mavericks on your iMac.


macrumors 68040
Apr 25, 2012
But the seller might have a legal copy with documentation and wouldn;t that be legal?

The EULA says otherwise.

Apple - Legal - Licensed Application End User License Agreement

I'll quote the pertinent part:

Scope of License: This license granted to you for the Licensed Application by Licensor is limited to a nontransferable license to use the Licensed Application on any Apple-branded products running iOS (including but not limited to iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch) (“iOS Devices”) or Mac OS X (“Mac Computers”), as applicable (collectively, “Apple Device(s)”) that you own or control and as permitted by the usage rules set forth in the Mac App Store, App Store and iBooks Store Terms and Conditions (the “Usage Rules”). This license does not allow you to use the Licensed Application on any Apple Device that you do not own or control, and except as provided in the Usage Rules, you may not distribute or make the Licensed Application available over a network where it could be used by multiple devices at the same time. You may not rent, lease, lend, sell, transfer redistribute, or sublicense the Licensed Application and, if you sell your Mac Computer or iOS Device to a third party, you must remove the Licensed Application from the Mac Computer or iOS Device before doing so.


macrumors newbie
Feb 18, 2017
Well depending on his country he's living in. In the European Union for example software is transferable even if the Eula says differently. The decision was made by the EU court and is valid for software without a subscription payment.
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