I have purchased lightroom for a PC.
Now, am I right to assume that anyone can use that software on that PC?
That it is licensed to the PC?
Because at that moment, my wife and I both use the pc as a shared device.
But I would like to place a copy on the wifes laptop, which is her sole use.
But the license information says:
Subject to the terms of the software license agreement, the primary user of the computer on which Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 is installed may install a second copy of the software for his or her exclusive use on either a portable computer or a computer located at his or her home, provided that the software on the second computer is not used at the same time as the software on the primary computer. Lightroom is sold as multiplatform software, which means it can be installed on either Mac OS X or Windows.
Now, the computer lightroom is on, does not have a "primary" user.
It has TWO primary users.
So can I put this on the wifes laptop as well?
Thanks in advance.
I'm not a lawyer, but it seems to me the intent of the license is to allow use by ONE PERSON AT A TIME, on either of two computers. If two people are going to use it CONCURRENTLY, then you need two licenses.
I think common sense should prevail here. Adobe expects you to use the software at your convenience without having more than one person running under the same license, or running two copies concurrently without a good reason (e.g., the small overlap you might need to export/import catalogues form, say a laptop to a desktop.)
Letter-of-the-law is not what you need to care about. Spirit-of-the-law is sufficient. Are you doing something that essentially steals a copy of the software? If not, then don't worry about it.
I think it is a little ambiguous at best.
I think the issue is this:
Adobe cannot reasonable expect one copy on one machine to be restricted to one individual user.
But on the second machine, they are making that stipulation.
On the first pc it is not licensed to one "user" but to a pc.
On the second they are trying to license it to a "user" and not a pc.
I would love to hear from an Adobe representative on this one...
We are both primary users on the first pc.
So does that mean that "one" of us can have the software on a second pc?
We do not want to break the license agreement.
You can't both be 'primary' users - by definition, primary means 'first'. So the first user is the primary user!
I think you know the answer to this, but buying two copies is expensive.
It is a very nice convenience Adobe offers that you can install the software on a second device so that you can use a laptop while out and about and the desktop when home.
The setup you describe could very easily involve two people using the software at the same time - you on the desktop and your wife on the laptop. That's not within the license terms.
If too many people try to fudge the terms of the license, it could get narrowed down to one machine per license which wouldn't benefit anyone. The key part of the restriction is no more than one user at a time on a single licence.
Edited to add that I meant to be replying to the original post, not Bob Frost