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edmund_the_destroyer wrote

The title of that article is misleading and not helpful. He's going to prison because he's violating the Windows license terms of use. He's not being punished for recycling or reusing computer parts, he's being punished for not paying Microsoft more money as part of recycling and reusing computer parts when he sends off the rebuilt machines with a fresh copy of Microsoft Windows.

This is one of the many places where free-as-in-freedom (open source) software should be the solution. If the rebuilt computers had Debian GNU/Linux, Ubuntu Linux, OpenSUSE Linux, etc... etc... Microsoft would have no grounds to sue.