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How did this advocate of e-waste reuse end up behind bars? • The Washington Post
Tom Jackman:
<p>A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore disks” he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000.

The appeals court upheld a federal district judge’s ruling that the disks made by Eric Lundgren to restore Microsoft operating systems had a value of $25 apiece, even though they could be downloaded free and could be used only on computers with a valid Microsoft license. The US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit initially granted Lundgren an emergency stay of his prison sentence, shortly before he was to surrender, but then affirmed his original 15-month sentence and $50,000 fine without hearing oral argument in a ruling issued April 11…

…Initially, federal prosecutors valued the disks at $299 each, the cost of a brand-new Windows operating system, and Lundgren’s indictment claimed he had cost Microsoft $8.3m in lost sales. By the time of sentencing, a Microsoft letter to Hurley and a Microsoft expert witness had reduced the value of the disks to $25 apiece, stating that was what Microsoft charged refurbishers for such disks.

But both the letter and the expert were pricing a disk that came with a Microsoft license. “These sales of counterfeit operating systems,” Microsoft lawyer Bonnie MacNaughton wrote to the judge, “displaced Microsoft’s potential sales of genuine operating systems.” But Lundgren’s disks had no licenses and were intended for computers that already had licenses.</p>


Man tries to do good, gets run over by US Customs. (Microsoft's role in this is unclear; it doesn't seem to have agitated for a prosecution.)
microsoft  restore  copyright 
18 hours ago by charlesarthur
Banques d'images - Bibliothèque
l’Université Laval au Québec a recensé pour les étudiants et enseignants en médecine une série de banques d’images abordant toutes les spécialités médicales et l’anatomie humaine.
images  illustration  free  copyright  medicine 
yesterday by scherly
Appeals court blasts PETA for using selfie monkey as ‘an unwitting pawn’ - The Verge
Ok, animals can't hold copyrights, but they might still be able to sue generally
law  copyright 
yesterday by jcretan
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RT : Balanced, modern rules can benefit creators and users alike. But this doesn’t mean that copyright has an…
copyright  from twitter
2 days ago by LibrariesVal
BBC Sound Effects - Research & Education Space
These 16,016 BBC Sound Effects are made available by the BBC in WAV format to download for use under the terms of the RemArc Licence. The Sound Effects are BBC copyright, but they may be used for personal, educational or research purposes, as detailed in the license.
Copyright  soundeffects  fx  sound  archive  royalyfree 
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