[ubuntu-uk] [Fwd: Re: [OT] - MS XP Pro OEM CD - How?]
alan at popey.com
Sat Feb 16 17:26:43 GMT 2008
On Fri, 2008-02-15 at 23:16 +0000, Eddie Armstrong wrote:
> 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
My "brutal" reply was to Tony Travis, not your original message, so I'm
a little susprised by this reply.
> 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
I don't think you need to be a lawyer to understand that you can't go
around making copies of, or sharing copies of software for which you
don't have explicit permission for. I would recommend that you should
read the license for software that you are running, which of course
includes the EULA for Windows if that's what you're running.
> 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.
Yes they were. Tom Bamford suggested using bittorrent to download/share
_copies_ of Windows XP.
> 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.
Whatever the intention, however nice it may be, the fact is that the
software is under a somewhat restrictive license. You can't claim that
"I was pirating this software so I could give the computers to poor
one-legged orfans" and expect that to be a legitimate defence in court.
> 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.
Again, I'd recommend you re-read the OEM Windows XP EULA as it makes
this pretty clear.
> 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.
I didn't say you did, I merely pointed out to Tom that it wasn't a good
idea for us (a free software group) to advocate / recommend the use of
pirated software and sharing of that software.
> 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.
That's probably your best bet.
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