By: Nick Hodges
Abstract: The purpose of this article is to try to clear up a few of the common issues that arise when people read the RAD Studio EULA.
Many Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio customers ask questions and have concerns about the meaning of certain terms of the RAD Studio End User License Agreement. (EULA). By necessity, EULA’s are written by lawyers in “legalese”, and so they can at times be difficult to understand by a layman. The purpose of this article is to try to clear up a few of the common issues that arise when people read the RAD Studio EULA.
First, please note that this document is non-legally binding. It is not a contract. In no way is this document a replacement for the actual EULA. It is, however, designed to try to explain to you -- the CodeGear customer –the EULA for Delphi, C++Builder, and RAD Studio (hereafter referred to as "the product" or "our products"). It is not all-inclusive. That is, it does not discuss all parts of the EULA, but rather merely highlights specific, limited areas of the EULA.
If you have any doubt at all as to the meaning of the license, it is strongly suggested that you consult an attorney or contact the CodeGear legal department. Only executive officers of CodeGear and CodeGear legal counsel are able to make authoritative statements about the EULA. Other CodeGear employees are not able to make authoritative statements about the EULA or to otherwise amend the EULA.
This page does not discuss the EULAs for any other CodeGear products other than those listed above.
The RAD Studio license is generally considered non-transferable. CodeGear will not transfer a license from one user to another for any reason EXCEPT for the following two scenarios:
Under this circumstance, CodeGear will transfer the license from Andrew's account to Bill's account.
All such requests need to be made in writing and approved by CodeGear. Requests for a license transfer should be made through our Customer Service department, who can provide transferring parties with all the necessary paperwork for affecting the transfer.
CodeGear will not transfer a license when:
The license authorizes you to install the product on a reasonable number of machines as long as you are the only person using the product, and as long as only one instance at a time is used. For example:
When you upgrade an existing product, you are using the same license to upgrade. You may have two products, but you still only have one license. Therefore, you may not sell or otherwise transfer older products. You may continue to use the older products yourself (but again may not transfer to anyone else, including in your organization). This license pertains to all the copies of the product in your "upgrade train".
For example, you bought Delphi 5. You subsequently upgraded to every version including the current version. You may not sell or otherwise transfer your copy of Delphi 6 or Delphi 7, or any other version that is part of that upgrade track. You may, however, continue to have all of those versions installed on your computer and use them.
You can only enter into the EULA if you have purchased the product from CodeGear directly or from a reseller authorized by CodeGear to sell the product. This means that you may not enter into the license if you have purchased this product from any person or business not so authorized. For example, if you bought your copy of the product from eBay from a person who is not an authorized CodeGear reseller, you cannot use the product and you cannot be a party to the EULA.
A current list of authorized resellers can be found at:
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