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Re: [SLE] [OT] Legal Issues Type Question
  • From: Samy Elashmawy <samelash@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 01 May 2001 16:53:15 -0400
  • Message-id: <3.0.3.32.20010501165315.006a5f10@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
At 10:52 PM 4/30/2001 -0500, Jeffrey Taylor wrote:
>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.

Yehp , now if you have linux on all those machines and no mickysoft , you
could be in for some money besides your legal fees. If they \get cought
with nothing several times , that will realy blow there credibility big time.

>IANAL,
> Jeffrey
>
>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
you
>> don't think of MS as the Evil Empire yet, this may well push you over the
>> edge.
>>
>> http://www.theregister.co.uk/content/2/18589.html
>>
>> 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 ?
>>
>> Let's say that I buy a shiny new PC from Gateway, for the sake of argument.
>> I order it without an OS, since I intend to install a lovely fresh copy of
>> SuSE on it, and don't want to have to pay the MS Tax. A vigilant Gateway
>> employee then calls up MS and says "Stoo just bought a new machine without
>> an OS. Please add another point to my score, as I am trying to win my own
>> yacht from the MS 'Shop Your Customers for Profit' promotion". The next
>> thing I get is a phone call from a drone in Redmond. The call goes
>> something like this...
>>
>> Drone - "Mr. Powell, it has come to our attention that you just bought a
>> whizz-bang new Gateway PC without an OS. We will be sending the PC police
>> (http://www.bsa.org) over to make sure you bought a valid Windows licence
>> for that PC."
>>
>> Me - "Sod off ! It's running Linux."
>>
>> Question; can they still send the PC police round to check and see if I
>> actually have Linux on the box ? What about the other PCs here that may or
>> may not be running Windows ? Can they check those just because they're
here
>> and they feel like it ? How about my friend's PC in the corner that I will
>> be upgrading with a new processor in a couple of days ? I don't know if he
>> has a valid Windows licence or not. I certainly can't produce one for it
>> myself.
>>
>> And finally, how long is this kind of behaviour going to be tolerated
before
>> someone sees the light and puts a stop to this kind of thing ?
>>
>> Let the battle commence...
>>
>> Stuart.
>>
>>
>
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