Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 10th Nov 2012 01:41 UTC
Windows "Despite the fact that I've been using Windows 8 for the past three weeks, I somehow managed to overlook a rather stark feature in the OS: ads. No, we're not talking about ads cluttering up the desktop or login screen (thankfully), but rather ads that can be found inside of some Modern UI apps that Windows ships with. That includes Finance, Weather, Travel, News and so forth. Is it a problem? Let's tackle this from a couple of different angles." Hadn't seen them either - I don't use those applications - but this is pretty despicable.
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RE[8]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by ilovebeer on Sun 11th Nov 2012 06:17 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
ilovebeer
Member since:
2011-08-08

Legally if they were included in the install you did pay for them

...No, and that's why you can't cite a single law to support your claim. And so you understand, when you buy Windows, you are not buying ownership of software, you are buying a license to use the Windows operation system. There is absolutely no relation between any money you paid for a Windows license key and any free software that was bundled with it.

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RE[9]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by Lorin on Sun 11th Nov 2012 09:28 in reply to "RE[8]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
Lorin Member since:
2010-04-06

The Supreme Court did issue that ruling and I do by the way have a law degree.

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RE[10]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by ilovebeer on Sun 11th Nov 2012 16:28 in reply to "RE[9]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
ilovebeer Member since:
2011-08-08

No, what you bought (in the case of Windows), is the license key and the physical medium it was delivered on (if applicable). The software itself comes free-of-charge. If you disagree then you can take it up with Microsoft's legal team -- the ones that wrote their software licensing agreements.

Please, by all means, cite the Supreme Court ruling you say exists that says when you buy Windows, you are also buying any free software that comes bundled with it. That would also mean you purchased all the non-Microsoft drivers that come with it too. Basically what you've said says when you buy a Windows license, and since you don't own any of the software itself, you've also bought literally thousands of licenses to use free software.

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modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

please CITE your claim.

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RE[9]: Ads? in MY Windows?
by oskeladden on Sun 11th Nov 2012 16:46 in reply to "RE[8]: Ads? in MY Windows?"
oskeladden Member since:
2009-08-05

And so you understand, when you buy Windows, you are not buying ownership of software, you are buying a license to use the Windows operation system.


This may be true in the US, but it is not true in the EU. In the EU, when a company sells software to a customer it is, as a matter of law, held to have transferred ownership of that copy to the customer *even* if the agreement is termed a license. See the decision of the European Court of Justice in UsedSoft GmbH v Oracle International Corp (Case C‑128/11, decided on 3 July 2012).

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