Re: Completely bonkers
Lets look at your points one at a time (Using the article as source for my responses)
"The iso images are available for free download, since this was an effort by the manufacturers to lower their cost in the cutthroat PC markets of yesteryear. How in any way can someone downloading these images for the machines they were intended for be in any way illegal ?"
Its not *if the end consumer does it themselves* You, or I or anyone can download a windows iso image and use it to set up a PC (License assumed to be owned) however a *reseller* has different requirements their options are :
1. Just provide the PC and nothing else.
2. Provide the PC and a document describing how to download your own image.
3. Put a copy of the Microsoft media creation tool on the machine with some instructions.
4. Create a recovery partition on the machine and use some image based backup of the initial state of the machine on there (Ive used Norton Ghost and clonezilla (free) for this in the past.
5. Sysprep the machine (Tbf Ive not done that since XP so dont know if its still an option)
6. Buy the licenced disks from microsoft as a reseller and pass the price on to the customer
7. Buy the licenced disks from microsoft as a reseller and absorb the price.
From the article :
"Normal end-users are allowed to download and use the recovery images for free. Resellers aren't allowed to download and redistribute them for free."
"How can they be fakes any more than the ones that anyone else downloads for the purpose of reinstalling. I thought that the licence key was the bit that really mattered."
Well, Ive not seen the disks but from the article :
"You see, these discs weren't your average burnt copies labeled with magic marker. The court noted that Lundgren had the discs printed professionally overseas with labels that claimed they were authorized copies of the restore media"
So there are two issues here really -
1. Not paying MS the fee for proper media (as a reseller he should have paid $25 per disk - but would get discount at those volumes.
2. Sticking a MS logo on the disks that he did distribute
If he had just had the disks printed with "Daves Recycled PC Recovery disk" and his own logo he'd probably have been OK.
"The real point here is that MS are trying to get sales of new machines. When will they realise that the right thing to do is to maximise the useful life of the machines, since not everyone needs a top spec machine. They should be happy that people are still using Windows."
From the article :
"US Customs and Border Protection seized the shipment of CDs when it arrived from China, and accused Lundgren of counterfeiting."
So customs started the process.. not MS.
In fact no where in the article does it say that MS had anything to do with the case. It was the US govt that took this guy to court, Im sure MS were involved at some point, but its hardly them instigating and pushing for charges.
"You have to wonder if this is another attempt to push sales of Windows 10 by sending perfectly serviceable but older machines to the scrap pile for purely business reasons. Stuff the planet, at least we are making a tidy profit."
Highly unlikely seeing as MS give vendors lots of ways to provide users with recovery options completely free, again from the article :
"...and the restore software is made available for free by Microsoft."
So if you'd like to take a few deep breaths and try to think rationally about this for a moment you might see that this isn't a big conspiracy by the evil M$ its quite a simple case of copyright infringement and sale of counterfeit goods.
If you still don't have a problem with that I have some Kevin Clone jeans to sell you...