Colin_Finck
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Allowed to include a tool for downloading non-free software?

Hello!

I know that I am only allowed to include royalty-free software in a virtual appliance entry, so I am not allowed to include for example free Microsoft software.

But am I allowed to write a small tool, which downloads such a software from an official site and only include this tool in my entry?

Thanks in advance,

Colin Finck

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Colin_Finck
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That sounds good.

But can someone from VMware mail here to verify that I am really allowed to do this? (because I want to be absolutely sure)

Best regards,

Colin Finck

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tysonkey
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It should be OK, as long as the tool itself has no components belonging to the software it's trying to install (especially if it's proprietary). It's not a good idea to host, for example a copy of Microsoft DirectX (customized, or not) on a personal site, for your tool to use, for obvious reasons.

Colin_Finck
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That sounds good.

But can someone from VMware mail here to verify that I am really allowed to do this? (because I want to be absolutely sure)

Best regards,

Colin Finck

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Dallas
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I have emailed some of the VMware people listed in this forum directly on this issue. I have not received any responses yet. I will pass them on if they answer.

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