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RE: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question
  • From: "crrey" <crrey@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 1 May 2001 01:19:52 -0500
  • Message-id: <NEBBJLBFILJCDGDAKFKGEEHMCDAA.crrey@xxxxxxxx>
Ya, but what about the windows disk bought independently of a computer - the
boxed copy. As long as it's one the only computer I'm using then there's
not a damn thing they can do about it. Beside, my dad was a cop in San
Diego for over 30 years and I can see his reaction (snickering profusely)
when he sees a warrent to search for of confiscate a computer for
misdemeanor possession of two computers with on Microsoft lincensed cd
installed on a second computer. And let's not even start with the judges
and the DA's opinion of clogging up the court dockets with end-user
violation for putting a copy of what they thought was their own personal
Window 98/Me cd on their second computer. Talk about Linux and Mac
converts! This may be the best thing we could have hoped for. Why put so
much effort into trying to convince people that Windows is a overprice piece
of crap and that other OSes are more stable? Microsoft will be sending them
over in droves if they push it to the extreme.

-----Original Message-----
From: Stuart Powell [mailto:stuart@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Monday, April 30, 2001 2312
To: Jeffrey Taylor; SuSE Linux List
Subject: RE: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question

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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