[ubuntu-uk] [Fwd: Re: [OT] - MS XP Pro OEM CD - How?]
eddie_armstrong at ntlworld.com
Fri Feb 15 23:16:48 GMT 2008
Alan Pope wrote:
> Being brutal - not our problem and somewhat "OT" for this list.
I clearly labelled the topic OT and i stressed that it must be a legal
When I started this thread, I had hesitation in bringing a Windows
subject to this group - however I felt someone here, might be able to
help me. As licence of OEM software goes with the hardware. I thought a
lot of people on this list might have faced this problem when
refurbishing systems and hence have a legal solution - IANAL and do not
fully understand the legality of copying something for which I have a
licence and which I can use legally and whether that constitutes
/software piracy /, only retrospectively do I think it MIGHT be the case
that /sharing/ it is wrong. Therefore I am open to a better solution
> My advice would be to call the OEM or Microsoft themselves.
As for the previous advice I was given I think it was given in good
faith and no one was attempting any fraud/theft/copyright
violations/piracy or anything else illegal. I DID search Microsoft's
sites using different search criteria and could not find a solution, I
also read articles and MS documents re OEM software licensing.
Microsoft would not have been harmed by this, there was no financial
loss; in fact probably the opposite, as I was refurbishing the machines
and putting them back into circulation; re-installing- XP giving them
more opportunities to get even richer , making them dual boot instead
of pure Ubuntu boxes.
I was not charging for this either
We download/copy/share licenced software all the time; as OEM software
has all ready been bundled and is only being re-installed it did not
occur to me that this was wrong. Obviously if there's a risk of breaking
copyright then we shouldn't advocate torrents but I don't think we were
'/promoting software piracy/'. I have never knowingly installed
stolen/counterfeit etc software nor advocated it - quite the opposite,
in fact. Hence my concern that solutions be legal.
There must be a legal way of getting a copy of MS OEM software - in the
absence of any other suggestion I will try phoning MS next week.
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