What's the license for applications bought from the Mac App Store?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by MythicFrost, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. MythicFrost macrumors 68040

    MythicFrost

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    What's the license for applications bought from the Mac App Store?

    I know it says I can download and install it on every Mac I own, but does that mean multiple people can use that software at the same time? Like with iOS?

    So, let's say I bought a game, as an example, and install it on my mums Mac, my dads Mac, and my Mac, can we all play it at the same time? Like with iOS?
     
  2. eawmp1 macrumors 601

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    http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/us/terms.html#GIFTS

    Technically, unless you own the computers, you should not share the applications.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    An additional question: Does it suffice copying the application (.app) from the Applications folder to backup the application?
    I just wondered, as Air Display is only some hundreds of KB in size.
     
  4. MythicFrost thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks, I see. This works fine, in my case, as I own the other computers.

    I can't say I like that much though, I've always thought that since we all use the same iTunes account the license extends to all of us.

    What exactly does it mean "that you own or control"?
     
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    You control any computer on which you have an administrative account.
     
  6. talmy macrumors 601

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    Since the Mac App Store downloaded applications go into /Applications rather than ~/Applications, they can be used by anyone with an account on the computer. Seems like a mistake on Apple's part if they are really licensing it for personal use. However I haven't tried them on an alternate account -- maybe it needs to verify the license on every account it gets used on?
     

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