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NewsForge: Macromedia Flash 7 Licensing: The Devil is in the Details

Jun 08, 2004, 11:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

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"Macromedia was trumpeting the news last week that a free version of its popular Flash 7 Internet client was now available for Linux. The new software gives Linux users greater access to multimedia content on the Internet than they would otherwise have. But careful readers of the licensing terms for Flash 7 urge caution for both end users and developers of Linux distributions.

"Under the terms of Macromedia's end user license agreement (EULA), you may install the player on only a single computer. If your family has multiple computers, I guess you're out of luck. The EULA specifically precludes installation on anything but Windows, Mac, Linux or Solaris desktop machines. If you're thinking of installing it on a laptop, forget it--it's not allowed, nor are any other kinds of mobile computing devices..."

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