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 receive 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, to get an official confirmation of the whether the license is legitimate. Ideally they should provide us with your email address, so that we can put you on CC when we reply.

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