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posted by martyb on Monday August 05 2019, @10:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the evil-is-as-evil-does dept.

[Editor's note: We generally try to provide balanced coverage of a story. This interview is "straight from the horse's mouth" and is, therefore, going to contain the biases of the interviewee. Nonetheless, we thought the story interesting enough that we wanted to put it out to the community to discuss. --martyb]

Roy Schestowitz over at Techrights has an informal, follow-up interview with e-waste recycler Eric Lundgren about his ordeal with Microsoft. Lundgren spent time incarcerated as a result of his efforts to re-use old Wintel computers and keep them out of the landfill. He is now finally out of prison.

"The judge didn't understand the difference between a "Restore CD" and a "License"," he complained, "and Microsoft convinced the judge that the "Restore CD" was of equal value and functionality to a new MSFT OS w. new license! I was honestly dumbfounded.. I kept waiting for someone to get it in court .. Instead – The judge threw out all of my expert witness' testimony and only kept Microsoft's testimony.."

[...] Lundgren was sort of tricked if not blackmailed. It was the old trick of plea 'bargain' that was leveraged against him. "They threatened me with 47 Years in Prison," he told us. "So my only choice was to plea-bargain.. I told them I would ONLY plead guilty to "Restore CD Without License" but then Microsoft convinced the judge to value a Restore CD at the SAME VALUE as a Full Microsoft OS w. License!"

Earlier on SN:
Microsoft's Full Response to the Lundgren Counterfeiting Conviction (2018)
California Man Loses Appeal in Copyright Infringement Case (2018)
'E-Waste' Recycling Innovator Faces Prison for Trying to Extend Life Span of PCs (2018)


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  • (Score: 2) by darkfeline on Tuesday August 06 2019, @03:52AM (1 child)

    by darkfeline (1030) on Tuesday August 06 2019, @03:52AM (#876316) Homepage

    Just because you can download it does not mean you can distribute it, and it definitely does not mean you can distribute it commercially and make a profit.

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  • (Score: 2) by c0lo on Tuesday August 06 2019, @04:00AM

    by c0lo (156) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday August 06 2019, @04:00AM (#876319) Journal

    Just because you can download it does not mean you can distribute it, and it definitely does not mean you can distribute it commercially

    It's illegal, yes. Now, spell the harm he caused by doing it.
    'Cause dam' sure, I can tell what harm the (otherwise, legit) Microsoft's actions caused to society.

    it definitely does not mean you can distribute it commercially and make a profit.

    Demonstrate he was going to make a profit.

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