software from previous computer
- March 31, 2006 @ 9:09ambeav_jlr says:Years ago, our school district purchased computers with bundled educational software. The computers since have been replaced twice with newer models. We still have the old software but the question is the copyright issue. Can we legally put the software on the new computers since we don't own the computers that accompanied the software?
Failing that, I'd probably assume that you can't re-install the software on your new computers, since software is often licensed and not purchased. Some developers allow personal users to transfer software to another computer if they uninstall the software from the old machine, but I suspect this wouldn't necessarily be the case with an institutional license. But perhaps I'm being overly cautious. Anyone have a different take on this?
- April 2, 2006 @ 6:43pmCOvalle says:It sounds like you're talking about OEM software. I run into this situation in the course of my work pretty regularly.
In general, software licenses can be an iffy thing. Some parts may be valid, some parts may not be valid, depending on your jurisdiction. For the most part, it is safer to assume that the terms are valid unless you have advice from an attorney.
In my experience, usually that type of software is tied to the hardware by the license, like RDavis mentioned. You'll probably need to check on that if you can, but I haven't really seen otherwise.
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