selling AppStore purchased apps

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by clapperboy, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. clapperboy macrumors newbie

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    So if I buy Aperture 3, for example, then decide I don't like it, can I sell it on eBay or to my neighbor?

    I assume the answer is no. Whereas, with the physical disk, the answer is yes. Correct?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I would assume you are correct (unless you basically sell them your entire iTunes account)
     
  3. monaarts macrumors 65816

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    Technically speaking, you aren't legally allowed to transfer any software to another user, even if it is on a disc. However, not many people abide by that. I think that this is one thing that will bring the price down on apps through the app store... You can either pay $50 and have a physical disc or pay $30 and not. I'd personally rather save the $20. ;-)
     
  4. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    you are correct, you can't sell an app from the app store without selling your iTunes password to authorize it.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Sure about that one?

    From Apple's EULA on Aperture (as a physical disc and not from the app store):
    Isn't it amazing what an EULA will tell you? If you're going to give out any advice make sure it's at least right. Unless I am mistaken, making a one-time transfer (sale) is ok providing you remove the software from your machine and the buyer agrees to the EULA.
     
  6. clapperboy thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In the cases of Final Cut Studio and Adobe products, there are protocols in place for transferring licenses.
     
  7. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Wow what crawled up your butt? Most companies do not allow for the reselling of their software. Remember a while back where a guy got sued by AutoDesk for selling an unopened copy of AutoCAD on eBay? Each EULA is different. So Apple's allows for one transfer. Doesn't mean everyone does that.

    Also, transfer does not equal sale. It means you can GIVE the license to someone else. Selling it may go against that.
     
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Nothing crawled up my butt, calm down tiger. The point is, the guy gave out information that was wrong but make it appear to be an indisputable fact. I looked it up because my first purchase of Aperture 1 was off someone here. Curiosity made me look it up which provoked me to post it here. This was all done in under 3 minutes; how hard is it to actually fact check before you respond to such questions? It's similar to asking whether you can sell sub accounts from Mobile Me.

    There is a line between a simple "I didn't know" and pure laziness. And Apple is not Autodesk. The point there is familiarize yourself with what you're buying or leasing, protect yourself and know your rights. I see it was ruled that the software was not sold so the sale was infringing on AD's copyright.

    And you are right, transferring doesn't equal selling and best to check the EULA before you do.
     
  9. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Actually, no.

    In the US, first-sale doctrine applies. You can sell your copy of software.

    Now ... how this applies to App Store apps, I'm not sure.
     
  10. gumbyx84 macrumors 6502

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    Look into the AutoDesk lawsuit. From what I understand, future cases will be weighted against Copyright laws and First-Sale doctrine. This means that you may not be able to resell your software if the company doesn't want you to.
     

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