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    Tricky question re second-hand sample libraries

    OK. When a sample library is sold, the original purchaser gets a license to use those samples. This license is non-transferable, ie the purchaser can\'t then sell the samples on to someone else and give them a legal licence to use them. All well and good, and we understand the reasons why this has to be so.

    With software, its different. The license agreements of most commercial software state that you CAN sell the software on to another user, and they will then have a full legal license to use it, as long as you don\'t keep a copy yourself. Generally you can even transfer the registration details with the manufacturer.

    So - here\'s a tricky situation. What happens when you buy somthing like NI Kontakt, which is a piece of software with samples included? Can you sell it on if you decided you don\'t want it any more? And if you do, can you include the samples with it (obviously without keeping a copy yourself)? It would seem a bit strange to sell on the software disk, but retain the sample content because that has a non-transferable license.

    Is it just a case by case thing, and all you can do is look at the individual license agreement and see what it says? Or is there some kind of established procedure or precedent for this type of software/sample combination?

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    Re: Tricky question re second-hand sample libraries

    Yippee! Another sample library license thread! [img]graemlins/tounge_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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    Re: Tricky question re second-hand sample libraries

    Email NI and see what they say.

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    Re: Tricky question re second-hand sample libraries

    Originally posted by Owel:
    Email NI and see what they say.
    <font size=\"2\" face=\"Verdana, Arial\">It\'s not NI\'s decision. There are two licenses in that package, one for the software and one for the sounds, and you definitely are not permitted to sell or re-license the sounds.

    I hope that clarifies it, we really don\'t need another 200+ topic on this subject.

    All the best,

    Doug Rogers
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    EASTWEST
    www.soundsonline.com

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