Microsoft Sending a Man to Prison for Fixing Computers

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  1. 2048Megabytes

    2048Megabytes Active Member

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    Eric Lundgren is an electronics recycler. He noticed that lots of people throw away perfectly good Microsoft computers because they don’t know how to re-install the operating system which they have a license to use. The software can be downloaded for free. So he downloaded it and made re-installation disks.

    And now he’s going to jail for fifteen months for “software piracy.” Microsoft is happy that people are trashing their computers and doesn’t want anyone to stop them.

    Furthermore, the powers-that-be in the court system threatened to be extra hard on Lundgren if he spoke to the media!

    The Los Angeles Times reports, “Electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for trying to extend computers’ lives.”

    Glenn Weadock, a former expert witness for the government in its antitrust case against Microsoft, was asked: “In your opinion, without a code, either product key or COA [certificate of authenticity], what is the value of these re-installation discs?”

    “Zero or near zero,” Weadock said.
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    Still, Hurley decided that Lundgren’s 28,000 restore discs had a value of $700,000, and that dollar amount qualified Lundgren for a 15-month term, along with a $50,000 fine. The judge said he disregarded Weadock’s testimony. “I don’t think anybody in that courtroom understood what a restore disc was,” Lundgren said.

    A three-judge panel of the 11th Circuit deferred to Hurley in his judgment that Weadock was not credible, and that “while experts on both sides may have identified differences in functionality in the discs, [Hurley] did not clearly err in finding them substantially equivalent.”
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    “I got in the way of their agenda,” Lundgren said, “this profit model that’s way more profitable than I could ever be.”

    Lundgren said he wasn’t sure when he would be surrendering. He said prosecutors in Miami told him he could have a couple of weeks to put his financial affairs in order, including plans for his company of more than 100 employees. “But I was told if I got loud in the media, they’d come pick me up,” Lundgren said. “If you want to take my liberty, I’m going to get loud.”

    A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami declined to comment Monday.

    “I am going to prison, and I’ve accepted it,” Lundgren said Monday. “What I’m not okay with is people not understanding why I’m going to prison. Hopefully my story can shine some light on the e-waste epidemic we have in the United States, how wasteful we are. At what point do people stand up and say something? I didn’t say something, I just did it.”

    Guy Jailed for Helping People Fix Their Microsoft Computers
     
  2. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    What is this world coming to? Is Microsoft really that greedy? If they are that greedy then why did they offer free windows 10 upgrades unless they will eventually start charging for windows 10 on a monthly/yearly basis. There was nothing wrong in what he did.
     
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  3. Laquer Head

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    "...Lundgren’s 28,000 restore discs had a value of $700,000, and that dollar amount qualified Lundgren for a 15-month term, along with a $50,000 fine...."

    WOW,,, murica!
     
  4. johnb35

    johnb35 Administrator Staff Member

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    Those restore disks cost nothing basically. You aren't paying for the disks, its the license. Why trash all them computers when they can still be used?
     
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  5. 2048Megabytes

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    It's nothing but pure greed by Microsoft. I really hate where Microsoft has gone since about 2015 when the Chief Executive Officer changed. The prosecuting lawyers lied about this being illegal. They may have paid the judge off and the jury was so uninformed or stupid they bought what the prosecutors said. An innocent man is going to jail and being fined $50,000 because Microsoft hired some lying sack of trash lawyers.
     
  6. _Pete_

    _Pete_ Active Member

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    It's the way of the world. We either suck it up and knuckle down or we change it. The way to change what Microsoft does is not buy or use any Microsoft products. I can see that happening, NOT.
     
  7. Agent Smith

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    Screw the judges and most of all -- SCREW MICROSOFT!
     
  8. Twiki

    Twiki Active Member

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    This is stupid. As long as there's no product key involved he can make more if he want. I didn't see where it says he sold the disks or not but if he was selling them then he has a problem.
     
  9. JLuchinski

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  10. Twiki

    Twiki Active Member

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    Thanks for the link, that clears it up perfectly. Simply copyright infringements (Dell) and selling what was free (from Dell).

    What a dumb ass.
     
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  11. _Kyle_

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    I though Microsoft was better than Apple... I guess I was wrong...
     

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