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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:26 PM
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Is it legal to sell used software?
Edited on Mon Oct-09-06 07:28 PM by brentspeak
I notice on ebay that people auction off software -- WindowsXP, Adobe Photoshop, etc. Is this legal? I have a Microsoft Visual Basic package that I used for school a while ago, but which is useless for me now, and I would like to auction it off. How would go one go about transferring software to another user, if it is legal?
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-09-06 07:30 PM
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1. If they require pproduct activation, it may not be.
Without a transfer of license scenario.

Dunno about microsoft, but Apple is stringent on that sort of thing... :(
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:39 AM
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4. Specifics on Apple would be nice...
I can install OS X without entering a serial number. Final Cut Pro, they want a number. But they don't phone home.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:41 AM
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5. Oops, sorry. I meant Adobe.
These days, they're all the same as far as I'm concerned.
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:18 PM
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9. Adobe is a bit intrusive.
But they spend millions fighting pirates. The end result. Legit customers are inconvenienced. And the pirates use the key gen that comes with the installer.
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:44 AM
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6. Check your PM. nt
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:13 PM
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7. I really don't ever check it..
It is usually people bitching. If I wanted that I would go to my sisters house. Say what you want to here.
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HarukaTheTrophyWife Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:16 PM
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8. Whatever. I gave you OSX specifics in a PM. Check it if you want.
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Omphaloskepsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 12:32 PM
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10. Ah.. Ok.. I did check..
Thanks for the tips, but I already knew about those. Not to seem ungrateful. I'm a hard core Apple guy. 1984....

My mom bought me the original Macintosh when I was seven.. My psychiatrist thinks that is the only reason I can tell her "I love you" with a straight face.
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 10:58 AM
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2. s/k
For more opinions.
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 11:27 AM
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3. Most of the time, yes
But the EULA usually calls for you to un-install it from your computer before transferring the license for it's use to someone else.
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hunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-10-06 04:08 PM
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11. I'd remove it from my own computer and give it to a student who needs it.
Help a poor student out by removing it from your own machine and passing it on to the school you came from.

Personally I think they should use 100% free Open Source software in schools.

The machine I'm writing this on runs ubuntu.

It works with my cameras, my scanners, my music collection, my external drives, etc., and it's free of licensing worries.

It does not work with Miscrosoft Visual Basic, but I see that as a good thing.


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