Quote: Microsoft’s lawyer argued to the court that the sales of the disks “displaced Microsoft’s potential sales of genuine operating systems,” while ignoring the fact these disks were inoperable without an existing license paid for or granted by the company. An expert witness testified there was “zero or near zero” monetary value in any of the disks; they were useful mainly as a convenience to users or maintenance technicians.
I appreciate his cause, but I think there is a much simpler solution: Have computer repair shops offer a DVD burning service. There is legal precedence for 3rd party services being able to legally make physical copies of digit files for consumers and charge for the service/materials.
This is absolutely fucking crazy.
But seriously HN: what are we going to do about it? If this were you going down like this, what might you ask us to do?
He was not providing people with restore media they could use to
fix their own machines. He was taking the restore media, burning
it onto discs _with official Microsoft and Dell logos on them
and then selling them to computer refurbishers who would then include them with PCs
they were selling.
Seems like the same thing? I thought it seemed convenient for those who lost their media.