04-25-2010, 06:39 PM
Originally Posted by Lohengrin
Many thanks Nick for the enlightening yet disconcerting appraisal. I work in education so there is no way I can work with illegal copies of software. Is there a method whereby I can determine whether or not the software is legal or not? If I click on, say, Soundtrack Pro and the About tab, I am advised that the software is licensed to this computer. If it is indeed illegal I will encourage the seller to reimburse me. Thank you again for your assistance.
First let me mention that I bear no malice towards you when I mentioned that the software on your Mac Pro is most likely illegal.
Many many folks who have just purchased a used Macintosh computer with a bunch of expensive software on it will get "argumentative" when you tell them the software is illegal.
Many many sellers of used Macintosh computers will install copies of really expensive software like any of the Adobe Creative Suite products, or the video editing software sold by Apple...as a way to "encourage" buyers to buy their computer because of the "GREAT" deal due to the software. Many sellers will even charge you "EXTRA" for all of this great (but most likely) illegal software.
If a buyer does not get the original install disks & original serial numbers for the software...then the software in many cases is an illegal copy. This software is meant to be installed on only one computer...since the single user license serial numbers are good for only one computer install at one time (but there are ways around this).
There are ways that corporations, universities, and schools can get multi-user software install licenses (which are very very expensive)...but generally speaking...these licenses don't apply when a single seller sells to a buyer.
The Mac Pro computer you purchased is still a very very good and expandable computer (I have one)...so if you got it for a good price then it might be a good idea to keep it. But if you paid more than it is worth...especially if you paid extra due to the software...then it might be a good idea to try & get your money back...if possible.
I hope that this helps...good luck,