Eric Lundgren is obsessed with recycling electronics.
He built an electric car out of recycled parts that far outdistanced a Tesla in a test. He launched what he thinks is the first “electronic hybrid recycling” facility in the United States, which turns discarded cellphones and other electronics into functional devices, slowing the stream of harmful chemicals and metals into landfills and the environment. His California-based company processes more than 41 million pounds of e-waste each year and counts IBM, Motorola and Sprint among its clients.
But an idea Lundgren had to prolong the life of personal computers could land him in prison.
One of those cases that fills any decent human being with rage.
This sort of license dickery is exactly why Freegeek and other computer refurbishers typically put a Linux distro on secondhand machines rather than trying to recreate the OEM Windows install.
The prison time is heavy handed, but:
In what universe did he think Windows is freeware? I really feel like this story less “environmentally conscience entrepreneur punished unfairly,” and more “software pirate successful at positive spin”