running OSX 'legally'
palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jul 12 11:05:26 EDT 2007
Its commonly said that running OSX on a non-Apple branded box would be running
it not legally. But this is not true of course. It would be running it in
violation of the Eula - but there is nothing illegal about this.
It might be in violation of a valid contract, which is quite a different
matter, and which might expose one to suit and civil penalties. If it
brought about a court order, it would be illegal to violate that. However,
whether such a EULA is binding is doubtful - does anyone know of a case where
anyone was sued for running some software on the 'wrong' platform? Eg, by
Apple for running OSX on non-branded equipment, or by MS for running Office
under Wine rather than Windows?
Generally you cannot, at least in the EU, tell people what to do with what
they have bought, after they have bought it. One suspects the lack of test
cases is discretion triumphing over valour.
And this is one thing that will make the release of Leopard for MacIntel in
full, bootable, non-upgrade form so very interesting...
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