macOS Big Sur adds ‘leasing’ terms that pull hosting services like Macstadium out of a legal gray area

Briant Stucki, over at Macstadium, seems to have made a fantastic discovery in the form of an update to the macOS software license agreement for Big Sur. Something that he called a “love letter” disguised as a software license agreement.

The update added an entirely new section to the software license agreement, bringing it up to 16 sections. This new section is called “Leasing for Permitted Developer Services,” and it makes people’s jobs at companies like Macstadium much easier.

  • Apple software and hardware must be leased “in its entirety to and individual or organization”
  • A lease period must be “for a minimum period of twenty-four (24) consecutive hours”
  • Customers must now accept software agreements for all installed software of leased hardware
  • All of these changes are only offered for “Permitted Developer services,” which are now spelled out for users
  • Developers may now “install, use, and run additional copies or instances of the Apple Software within virtual operating system environments”
  • The “lessor” such as Macstadium is fully responsible for making sure that all of these new requirements are upheld

Via MacStadium

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