Some questions regarding Vista licensing/warranty

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Nobody, Oct 14, 2006.

  1. Nobody

    Nobody Guest

    Vista lincesing terms have been published here:

    http://download.microsoft.com/docum...lish_895f9adf-8f5a-4441-a9a9-271913fc7dab.pdf

    There are 2 items (paragraphs 17, 18) there that I just can't comprehend at
    all (may be because English is not my first language, and I can't speak
    Legalese at all):
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    17. NOTICE ABOUT THE MPEG-4 VISUAL STANDARD. This software includes MPEG-4
    visual decoding technology. MPEG LA, L.L.C. requires this notice:
    USE OF THIS PRODUCT IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-4 VISUAL
    STANDARD IS PROHIBITED, EXCEPT FOR USE DIRECTLY RELATED TO (A) DATA OR
    INFORMATION (i) GENERATED BY AND OBTAINED WITHOUT CHARGE FROM A CONSUMER NOT
    THEREBY ENGAGED IN A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, AND (ii) FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY;
    AND (B) OTHER USES SPECIFICALLY AND SEPARATELY LICENSED BY MPEG LA, L.L.C.

    If you have questions about the MPEG-4 visual standard, please contact MPEG
    LA, L.L.C., 250 Steele Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80206;
    http://www.mpegla.com.

    18. NOTICE ABOUT THE VC-1 VISUAL STANDARD. This software may include VC-1
    visual decoding

    technology. MPEG LA, L.L.C. requires this notice:

    THIS PRODUCT IS LICENSED UNDER THE VC-1 PATENT PORTFOLIO LICENSES FOR THE
    PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL USE OF A CONSUMER TO (A) ENCODE VIDEO IN
    COMPLIANCE WITH THE VC-1 STANDARD ("VC-1 VIDEO") OR (B) DECODE VC-1 VIDEO
    THAT WAS ENCODED BY A CONSUMER ENGAGED IN A PERSONAL AND NON-COMMERCIAL
    ACTIVITY AND/OR WAS OBTAINED FROM A VIDEO PROVIDER LICENSED TO PROVIDE VC-1
    VIDEO. NO LICENSE IS GRANTED OR SHALL BE IMPLIED FOR ANY OTHER USE.

    If you have questions about the VC-1 visual standard, please contact MPEG
    LA, L.L.C., 250 Steele Street, Suite 300, Denver, Colorado 80206;
    http://www.mpegla.com.

    ==================================================

    Can anyone explain in simpler terms what they mean? I vaguely assume 18.
    means you can't use Vista to do any commercial work using VC-1 codec? Surely
    this can't be true! I am completely clueless about 17

    Also, one year warrany is something else I am curious about. Does it mean
    that if after one year my perfeclty legal copy of Vista (that only has been
    activated and used on one PC) all of a sudden decided it is illegal and
    stopped working I am just out of luck?
     
    Nobody, Oct 14, 2006
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  2. Nobody

    Spirefm Guest

    I don't know about the legalese but your present Vista will only work until
    June 2007. After that you have to buy the public version. Colin
     
    Spirefm, Oct 15, 2006
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  3. #17 "USE OF THIS PRODUCT IN ANY MANNER THAT COMPLIES WITH THE MPEG-4
    VISUAL
    STANDARD IS PROHIBITED, EXCEPT FOR USE DIRECTLY RELATED TO (A) DATA OR
    INFORMATION (i) GENERATED BY AND OBTAINED WITHOUT CHARGE FROM A CONSUMER NOT
    THEREBY ENGAGED IN A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE, AND (ii) FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY;"
    ---When using it for personal use, you can use the MPEG-4 format for
    creating home movies and things of that nature, You cannot rip movies
    because they were likely obtained with charge.

    "OTHER USES SPECIFICALLY AND SEPARATELY LICENSED BY MPEG LA, L.L.C."
    ---If you need to use Vista for video production in a proffessional maner,
    you must seek a commercial license for the MPEG-4 standard directly from
    MPEG LA, LLC.

    #18
    This is pretty much the same as MPEG-4, for personal use it's acceptable.
    if you want to use it for commercial purposes you need to get an independent
    license from MPEG LA, LLC

    This has always been the case. Just because a Codec came with an operating
    system does not give you commercial rights to use it.
    Most fonts that come bundled with an OS are often handled the same way, you
    still need to seek independent license from font foundry for commercial use
    of the font.

    -Ben
     
    Ben Salisbury, Oct 16, 2006
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