Originally Posted by Kolchak
Still an awful analogy. Name a rental company that writes a contract like that.
How about all of them? I rent about 30 cars a year, so I have just a bit of experience.
Read the fine print on your rental agreement. It generally restricts you from driving out of the country. In border states, you can usually get an exception, but it involves letting the company know you will leave the country and may involve an extra fee.
As for the 300 mile limit, those aren't as common as they once were, but there are still plenty of rental deals that involve mileage limits. You see them most commonly on deeply discounted rentals.
Originally Posted by chrisj2110
And second, you cant equate people wanting to use differently configured machines (Eg. a NetBook) with a LEGALLY purchased retail OS X DVD purchased from an Apple Store, IT IS NOT the same as someone stealing from a shop, or stealing a car. That is daft logic. AND NO, I do not believe in stealing, BUT this is NOT the same thing.
There's a difference between legally purchased and legally used. Read Judge Alsup's decision. Using Mac OS X DVDs on non-Apple hardware involves both an EULA violation AND a DMCA violation. It's just plain not legal (no matter what the whiners here say). Please read the decision. It specifically says that the EULA is valid. It also specifically says that installing OS X onto generic hardware is a DMCA violation and therefore illegal. It specifically does NOT say that it's only a violation if you sell the computer.
Try to see this from a legal perspective. Apple owns OS X and can therefore do whatever they want with it. They could give it away, sell unlimited usage of it for a nickel, or charge a million dollars per hour to rent it. There's absolutely nothing that restricts how they can sell or license it (other than copyright laws which have almost not restrictions on the copyright owner).
Now, Apple says "we are willing to let you use Mac OS X and will therefore create a retail box. This software is being licensed to you under the following terms - it can only be used on Macintosh computers and the price is $169 for a box set or $29 if you're a Leopard user". They have no obligation to do anything else, but that's what they've chosen to do.
You come along and say, "well, I'm not a Leopard user and I'm not going to install it on Mac OS X, but I'll pay $29 for the box and use it however I want". There's no agreement. Apple did not agree to those terms, so you are using the software without permission from the copyright holder.
It's not about YOUR rights (you don't have any rights to Apple's software other than what Apple gives you), it's about the rights of the copyright holder.
If you had ever developed anything worthwhile that had a marketable value, maybe you'd understand.