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Old 03-17-2006, 04:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Is copying and distrubuting windows recovery cds illegal?
By recovery cd i mean the windows cds that usually come with computers like IBM, DELL, compaq etc. Since the cds only work for that specific model it shouldnt be illegal should it?
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Yes it still is illegal.
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Copying for yourself: NO. Distributing: YES. Using keys other than what you have bought: YES.
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u wanting to make copies for yourself?
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i work for a refurbishing company selling refurb computer systems
Some customers that buy the computers want a recovery cd for their specific system. So i was just wondering if its illegal to give them a copy of a recovery cd rather than for example ordering it from IBM. And of course the customer will be using the COA product key provided with their system.
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do you have a professional looking cd cover maker?
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no but if i did will it be ok?
how do i get one
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Old 03-19-2006, 08:29 AM   #9 (permalink)
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If they only had a recovery CD for their version of Windows, and only had access to their own License Key, would that still make it illegal? I admit I'm a little shaky on licensing laws, but I seem to remember you pay for the licence, not the software itself, which would make backup CD's acceptable, assuming that they were only used in conjunction with a legally purchased License Key.
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the recovery cds can be used on any computer. i installed XP on my current pc (not dell) using a dell recovery cd.
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