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Can someone clarify installation on two pcs?

Jul 21, 2010 3:01 PM

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:


How many computers are covered by a single license of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3?

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.


Mark :-)

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    Jul 21, 2010 3:13 PM   in reply to mtimber

    You want to install LR on 2 machines, to be used by 2 different people(?)


    I'm fairly sure you would be breaking the terms of the licence.

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    Jul 21, 2010 3:16 PM   in reply to mtimber

    Essentially the license is single user, with installation on two computers, with only one in use at a given point in time.

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    Jul 21, 2010 3:27 PM   in reply to DdeGannes

    This is just my opinion, my interpretation may not be correct.

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    Jul 21, 2010 3:36 PM   in reply to mtimber

    Depends on the legal interpretation of "primary", i.e. is it possible to have more than one primary user?

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    Jul 21, 2010 4:43 PM   in reply to mtimber

    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.

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    Jul 21, 2010 4:54 PM   in reply to mtimber

    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.

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    Jul 22, 2010 9:05 AM   in reply to mtimber
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    mtimber wrote:


    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!


    Bob Frost

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    Jul 22, 2010 6:09 PM   in reply to bob frost

    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

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