5 Replies Latest reply: Mar 10, 2012 10:56 PM by sudont
sudont Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

I know you can do home sharing, but how can you share content purchased through the Apple Store with people who aren't on your network? I understand you are allowed to share with a certain number of other computers, but I'm not sure how many, nor how to go about it. So, if someone comes over and copies some TV shows over to their computer, what needs to be done in order for them to view the files in iTunes on their computer?

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,065 points)

    You would have to authorize their computers using your account.

     

    Note that the degree to which you are implying sharing very likely goes beyond that according to licensed use.  It isn't intended, for example, that you share (quasi give) your movies with your friend who lives next door.  It's really there so an individual or a family who would normally have group access to items can continue to do so, or so if you own a cmputer, an iPhone, and an iPod you can keep a copy on each.  You haven't purchased the right to distribute 5 copies of everything to any 5 people.

     

    iTunes Store: About authorization and deauthorization - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1420

     

    Also read http://www.apple.com/legal/itunes/us/terms.html  about 1/4 the way down are "Usage Rules".

  • sudont Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Yeah, they're not trying to prevent you from sharing with a few friends. It's considered acceptable use and it's perfectly legal - and reasonable - to do so. What they don't want you to do is strip out, or bypass, the DRM. That said, the person I'm trying to share with is my roommate, but we can't do home sharing because I take my computer with me on the road.

     

    I meant to ask this the first time - when you authorize another computer, does this allow access to your Apple accounts? In other words, could that computer now be used to make Apple Store purchases? Can that be prevented?

  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,065 points)

    Sharing with friends isn't acceptable use.  Even items that don't have DRM cannot be shared with friends unless they happen to be in the room hearing the music as you are playing it for yourself.  I provided you with a link and it does say for personal use which does not include roommates unless they happen to be in the room as you are playing the music or you lend them your computer.

  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,705 points)

    It's considered acceptable use and it's perfectly legal

     

    Yes it's legal, but it's not supported by Apple and iTunes.

     

    Technology experts are working on a movie storage system where YOU have physical possession of the movie.

     

    This system stores the movie digitally on an optical disk system that will not be dependent upon a congested, complicated, and fragile network.

     

    Because all of the data is stored only a few feet from your television, all the bottlenecks are removed.  Performance and reliability are virtually flawless.

     

    Further, the system will not utilize any form of security codes, authentications, or passwords. Once the optical disc is purchased it can be moved around freely at will, and can even be lent or given to friends and neighbors with zero hassles.

  • sudont Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)

    Sharing with friends isn't acceptable use.

     

         Simply not true.

     

    Technology experts are working on a movie storage system where YOU have physical possession of the movie.

     

         Perhaps they will call it a Digital Video Disc? Although I can envision - in the future - having a problem retrieving these storage sytems from the persons you lent them to. I can certainly remember lending analog storage systems in the past - called "records" - and never seeing them again. This is why backups are important.