Buying a used copy of Live

In most cases* copies of Live can be sold secondhand. To authorize the program and upgrade in the future, the serial number must be officially transferred to the new user's account. 

Before buying a used copy of Live, consider the following:

  • To use Live you must have a valid serial number that can be registered or transferred to your account.
  • Make sure the serial matches the version of the program offered by the seller. We are aware of situations in which someone sells a "full version" of Live but only has a serial number for Live Lite.
  • In some cases, sellers attempt to sell an educational license as if it were a full version license. We can only transfer an EDU serial if the secondhand buyer is also eligible for an educational license
  • In rare cases, sellers purchased their copy of Live with a fraudulent credit card. If Ableton becomes aware of a fraudulently purchased license, we must disable it - even if it has already been resold to an unsuspecting secondhand buyer. 

If you are unsure about a secondhand offer, you can ask the seller to contact us with you on CC, to get a confirmation that the license is legitimate. 

Please note that there are occasions when a license is verified by Support as legitimate and afterwards is discovered to be fraudulently purchased. In these scenarios we must disable any fraudulently purchased licenses even if they have already been transferred. 

*NFR licenses cannot be resold or transferred to new users.

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