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RE: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question
  • From: "Stuart Powell" <stuart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2001 23:11:33 -0500
  • Message-id: <HAEAICFGOEPNHBCFMHKPEEIEDFAA.stuart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Absolutely. No doubt they're going to go after the big offenders... first.
Once they've taken care of that, then they may filter down to home users.
Most of the people at risk are the ones who don't realise that OEM licences
do not transfer between machines. Just because you have Windows on your old
Packard Bell does not give you carte blanche to put it on a new machine from
the likes of Gateway and Dell, but it saves you some money when you're
working out the online quote.

Will this ignorance be enough to save Billy Homeuser from himself ?


-----Original Message-----
.com]On Behalf Of Jeffrey Taylor
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 10:53 PM
To: SuSE Linux List
Subject: Re: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question

They can send the PC police over, however, without a search warrant,
you don't have to let them in. If they can convince a judge of
probable cause, then they can get a search warrant. It is doubtful
that they will pursue this for a petty theft charge (1 Window
license). Now if there is a dozen or a hundred computers, it's grand
theft and now you are talking real money.


Quoting Stuart Powell <stuart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:
> Hello, everyone.
> I just wanted to see what trouble I could stir up this evening with an
> article I found this morning. I'm surprised Fred didn't send it on. If
> don't think of MS as the Evil Empire yet, this may well push you over the
> edge.
> This article raised many questions in my mind. Predominantly, though, is
> this: Just how far can Microsoft go in its pursuit of pirates without
> overstepping the mark ? How much of this power can be wielded beyond US
> borders ?

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