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 PostPost subject: Is it legal?        Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:46 pm 
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Hi everybody!
I want to know if i can store an image of a BETA Windows version on my personal site.
For example, can i store Windows 7 Build 7000 installation image on my site? is it legal?

Thanks, luca

sorry for my bad english.. i'm working on it ;-)


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 6:52 pm 
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Are you planning on making it available to dl?

If so, yes its illegal


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 7:28 pm 
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It's illegal.

I think microsoft makes themselves quite clear. :P I've seen lots of agreements that I had to agree, and lots of warnings that I am not able to distribute anything of it, before I even could have download it.

Everywhere (on ms connect) where you want to download it, you get a message that you may not distribute anything of the build, so yes it's illegal to spread. If you put it on your server for yourself, or as back-up, i think that it is allowed then.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 9:16 pm 
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If you didn't except any agreements from MS && your not helping people crack it then it maybe legal...

We have some regional diversity here; for example in Russia - nobody cares...

Lastly, unless your site gets popular its probably not going to pique anybody's attention (if not by definition).

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 10:03 pm 
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We have some regional diversity here; for example in Russia - nobody cares...

what do you mean by this
in rusia nobody cares if you use cracking and pirated software ?
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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 12:01 am 
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Let's be practical. If no one but you is ever going to download it, no one will ever know it is there. While surely it is illegal, your risk is close to 0.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 8:27 am 
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Frozenport wrote:
If you didn't except any agreements from MS && your not helping people crack it then it maybe legal...


It's never going to be legal. Because you didn't accept any agreements or got around them in some way doesn't mean that Microsofts licenses expires automatically. It would be like saying that "because I skipped the "do not copy" message on the DVD I am free to copy it to others and distribute it".

It's illegal to distribute anything without Microsofts approval, even if it's so called "abandonware", or betas. Microsoft still owns the software regardless of where you got it and how you got it, and they decide what to do if they want to drag you to court. If you want to put the build on a website you do so with a risk, but if you put it behind a password or login then you will minimize the risk. But there will always be a risk.

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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:34 am 
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Don't know why you'd want to given most new Windows 7 builds are plastered all over the net, not hard to get them, but yeah, illegal, violation of the EULA.


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 9:35 pm 
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The situation is simple:

i've a personal site with no-limit disk usage.

I wanted to use that space like a "backup" for my collection of Windows BETAs. No crack, no share.

But if it's not fully legal i won't do that!

Thanks for your asnwers!


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 PostPost subject: Re: Is it legal?        Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:15 pm 
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Of course it's not legal, it's not legal that you have them in the first place...

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