Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Feb 2006 12:41 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows "Microsoft recently made a change to the licence agreement saying that a new motherboard is equal to a new computer, hence you need to purchase a new Windows licence. Here is what Microsoft has to say: "An upgrade of the motherboard is considered to result in a 'new personal computer' to which Microsoft OEM operating system software cannot be transferred from another computer. If the motherboard is upgraded or replaced for reasons other than a defect, then a new computer has been created and the license of new operating system software is required." Please note that this does not go for retail copies of Windows, but only for OEM versions.
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RE[2]: Not enforceable in Finland
by Larz on Fri 17th Feb 2006 14:24 UTC in reply to "RE: Not enforceable in Finland"
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Yes, its a license and you donīt own a thing.

There is however a problem with shrink-wrap-licenses in general. A license for a piece of shrink-wrap software, may not be enforcable, in case it puts the user in a worse position than he had reason to believe when he bought the software (the software is in shrink-wrap and he is unable to read the license before buying).

This is in contrast to click-wrap software (ex. downloaded from the internet), where you accept the license before you buy. In this case the license is probably valid (unless it infringes on other consumer laws).

AFAIK I know there has been a supreme court decision in Germany stating that the license (at least the part about it being tied to a specific PC) is not enforcable. Thus resellers are able to buy oem licenses from users, and resell them again together with a PC.

The license has however not been testet in court in many european countries. Among them is Denmark where I live.

Edited 2006-02-17 14:29

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