I'll work from the bottom up so I don't repeat myself.
Since PearPC relies on Open Firmware (as any modern Macintosh computer does) there is no need for imaging or reverse engineering a ROM and running into any legal issues accompanied by that...
If there is anything that is not public domain that had to be worked out specifically to get the OS to run, there is a chance that copyright laws have been broken. You may be breaching countless patents too. Independant thought is not a defence
At least under german jurisdiction this is wrong. If I buy software in a store I don't sign any contract. After I have bought the software any additional restrictions (of course except normal (copyright) law) are void.
A contract is not necessarily written. You refer to normal copyright law, but obviously have no idea what it means. It means the author retains all rights to a body of work, and can license them out under any condition they see fit. Therefore if it says in the EULA "only use this while wearing a bra on a Tuesday" you are breaking the agreement which you freely entered into when you purchased the license if you do not do so.
I do have a lot of rights. And just because someone says I have no rights doesn't automatically make this true.
As far as the software goes you do not.
Running games on them, installing Windows on them and all this is just fine but installing Mac OS on PearPC is "illegal"?? I have a hard time to believe this...
You are breaking the license agreement.
Also, no one is "breaking the law" here as long as no court has ruled so.
So if you kill someone, you are only breaking the law if you get caught, tried and found guilty? Mmmm. There is a difference in the act, innocence and guilt.
but what of the few of us (kakaze), who bought a mac because of pearpc, and the few (myself) who will probably buy a mac because of pearpc.
Breaking the law for the greater good is not a defence. You are talking about morals and ethics, not the law.
i will probably buy a mac in 1-2 years due to the fact that i have seen the wonders of osx, so apple will get 1000$-2000$ from me because of pearpc.
That's fine, but your use is still illegal
Bollix, one thing you forgot to mention is that PearPC is also generating revenue for Apple.
Looking back on previous threads about people buying a Mac due to running PearPC and then craving the "full Mac experience", I estimate that PearPC has generated approximately $10,000 in PC sales for Apple. I hardly think they would risk such an obvious source of revenue over trivial legal questions.
Maybe Apple can't be bothered with the case. I am stating a simple fact of law. I am not justifying or condemning it. The law is the law. As far as revenue goes, everyone who uses pearpc with Mac OS is costing Apple the revenue generated from buying one of their computers, the only legal way to use their software.
Apple has not said anything yet, and apple is making profit from people buying the X disks. Apple would have said something about it already, because Pear is all over the net. Don't try to spoil the fun. It's just so cool to run a ppc in windows! Seeing it's so limited in what it can do, theres no point in getting all legal over it. I mean PearPC's a Technological Marvel. Have you tried it yet?
I use the tool myself, but I am fully aware of the legal implications. You're right it is a bloody marvel and great fun. What I don't like is when I see misinformed posts in this forum in which people who download warez OSs and software are looked down upon from people who are breaking the exact same laws by using Mac OS on a pearpc.