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Re: [suse-linux-uk-schools] Preinstalled Windows: AARGH! I can't get it off!
  • From: "Mark Evans" <mpe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 8 May 2002 08:38:44 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <20020508083833.19533.qmail@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> MS's EULA is also complete garbage and isn't worth the paper it's
> written on. They should cut to the quick and just provide a disclaimer
> that their software comes with no warranty whatsoever & is only
> protected by copyright in law. My understanding is that copyrighted
> material is for fair use and the person who sells it to you can't then
> impose conditions on you that will prohibit it's fair use. In fact it
> applies to anything you buy doesn't it?

The conditions Microsoft are trying to impose arn't even
about use. They are in effect about resale. As if you had
a book which tried to impose conditions on selling it to
a secondhand bookshop or even on giving it to a jumble sale...
Book publishers lost quite a few court cases over this in the
early 20th century.

> Which is why I believe I'm not breaking the law by running one
> licensed copy of NT on 2 different machines, laptop & workstation,
> because to my mind it constitutes fair use the same way you can copy
> an audio CD for personal use.

According to the letter of current UK copyright law you cannot
do either. Even though several law lords agree that the
current law is both daft and unenforcable parliment dosn't
appear much interested in doing anything about it.

> Don't schools copy some sections of printed educational material and
> isn't that also considered fair use? Where do you draw the line? Why's

That's because the copyright holders collectivly grant
such a licence.

> software considered so different from other data?

The publishing industry (especially the section
publishing music, films and TV) want to have other
data treated more like software...


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