Last Friday, a law went into effect in Italy which more or less introduces the concept of class-action lawsuits to the Repubblica Italiana. The Aduc consumer defense association didn't waste a single moment, and announced that it will file a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, seeking compensation for the OEM copies pre-installed on computers.
"Individual cases affect a limited number of users," Aduc Chairman Vincenzo Donvito told Reuters, "Therefore, as there is a large number of users involved, and with the importance of the free market issue, we have decided to take a collective legal action against Microsoft." Donvito recently won a pilot court case in Firenze (Florence) about this very subject.
I'd love it if OEMs started offering more choice in this regard. I don't mean they have to supply Linux - merely a simple "no operating system" checkbox would suffice, lowering the price of the machine by a few dozen Euros. Especially on cheaper machines like netbooks this could make a significant difference.
Have any of you ever tried to get reimbursed for OEM copies of Windows? Did you have any success?