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Re: [SLE] <OT>Stay Legal - Stay Free (Software)
On Tue, 2002-04-09 at 17:16, David Herman wrote:
> On Tuesday 09 April 2002 01:47 pm, Dennis Tuchler wrote:
> > On Mon, 2002-04-08 at 17:12, David Herman wrote:
> > > I'm curious what legal authority ms or any other agency has which
> > > allows them to go into your business and disrupt it just to see if
> > > you might be breaking thew law.
> >
> > No legal authority; just the threat of yanking the right to use the
> > software.
> I guess this is becoming quite OT so I won't post further after this
> but...
> How can they prevent you from using software you purchased if they
> don't even have a legal right to confirm that its on your machine. (I
> seem to remember something about ms granting themselves audit rights in
> the eula for some version of nt but I may be wrong. But that wouldn't
> have anything to do w/ 98, etc.)

As I recall. Microsoft doesn't sell the software, but only licenses it
to the user, subject to conditions. The investigations are done to check
on compliance with the license.

dj tuchler

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