Modern Software Experience

2008-03-26

Safari license

The outcry over Apple’s pushing of Safari through Apple Software Update has not ended yet, but we already learn that Apple itself considers Safari illegal. No kidding.

Apple-labelled

Fabio M. Zambelli, brave man, took the trouble to read Apple’s license for Safari 3.1. There actually are two licenses, one for Safari for MacOS and one for Safari for Windows. Mr Zambelli read the Safari for Windows license.
He noticed that according to the license, you are allowed to have Safari installed on a single Apple-labelled computer at a time.. Thus, installation on a non-Apple PCs is illegal.

sentence changed

The full sentence is This license allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labelled computer at a time..

Responding to this revelation, Apple has quickly changed that line to This license allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on each computer owned or controlled by you..

Safari for Mac license

However, as I write this, the Safari for Mac license remains unchanged. It still includes exactly that sentence. Thus, it is still illegal for owners of more than one Apple-labelled computer to install Safari on all of them.

one computer at a time

Browsing through the license, I notice that they fixed the one sentence Mr Zambelli had called attention to, but still came across This license does not allow the Apple software to exist on more one computer at a time, which means that it is illegal for you to install Safari if anyone else in the world has already installed on any other computer...

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