Quoting Rory Browne (rory.browne at gmail.com):
> From http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/distribute.html>> You may also distribute Adobe Reader on a CD or any other physical
> media as long as you accept the terms and conditions of the electronic
> Adobe Reader Distribution Agreement.
>> That's one down. Three more to go.
Whoa there. Not so fast, sir!
The referenced page is merely one where you can retrieve an agreement
whereby one can _become an authorised distributor_. That includes,
among other things:
By accepting, you acknowledge reading and accepting the terms of the
full Adobe Reader End-User License Agreement. [link]
Following the link takes you to
http://www.adobe.com/products/eulas/main.html , where you can find the
referenced document in (naturally) PDF format. Quoting:
General Use: You may install and use one copy of the Software on
up to the Permitted Number of your compatible Computers [...]
Notices: You may not copy the Software except as set forth in
sections 2 and 14. [...]
No Unbundling: [...] You may not unbundle or repackage the
Software for distribution, transfer, or resale. [...]
No Transfer: YOU MAY NOT RENT, LEAST, SELL, SUB-LICENSE, ASSIGN,
OR TRANSFER YOUR RIGHTS IN THE SOFTWRAE, OR AUTHORIZE ANY PORTION
OF THE SOFTWARE TO BE COPIED ONTO ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL OR LEGAL
ENTITY'S COMPUTER EXCEPT AS MAY BE PERMITTED HEREIN. [...]
So, exactly as I was saying before, even though the program may be
downloaded -- from authorised distribution sites -- and even though you
can indeed sign some tight-assed Adobe contract to _become_ an
authorised distribution site -- that is not in any way to be confused
with Adobe granting redistribution permission to the public at large,
which I _greatly_ doubt that they have granted, or are likely to do in
the foreseeable future.
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