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Vendor sell VL CDs RRS feed

  • General discussion

  • The following is often posted here:
    "As a rule, VL editions of XP should not be sold to individual consumers. "

    However:
    https://shop.edirectsoftware.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=16134

    and:
    http://www.edirectsoftware.com/cdonly.php

    from a website that has been in business for years.

    So it the truth that these types of VLK sales (note the VL CDs in the picture) are if fact always and in all cases illegal as is represented by Microsoft or that they are legal as represented by the vendor?

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 1:35 AM

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  • Confused:

     

    Thanks for inquiry. Looking at it, it *looks* like OEM software that is being resold (though, its hard to tell from a very small picture).

     

    We definitely understand and appreciate your concern, and I would suggest filing a report here (http://www.microsoft.com/piracy/Reporting.mspx) so this can be further investigated if needed.

     

    -phil liu

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 1:47 AM
  • Confused,

    That particular site uses that same "product illustration" photo for almost all of the MS products it sells in CD-only form.  Just click any product link on this page http://www.edirectsoftware.com/microsoft.php then choose the CD-only product on the subsequent page and you'll see it's the same picture of the same two Volume Licensing CDs.

    Their fine print says these are "Not For Resale" CDs.  NFRs are fully functional programs that are intended by manufacturers to be given to partners and associates for product demonstration purposes.

    The reason why Volume Licensing editions of XP should not be sold to average consumers is that they are upgrade-only licenses.  Typically, they are abused in the consumer realm because they are installed on computers as the only license, which is a violation of the EULA.

    Saturday, June 24, 2006 5:15 AM