This could be a very important case for consumer rights in the UK

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Microsoft have apparently initiated legal action against Comet, a large electronics retailer currently facing very difficult trading conditions: alleging that Comet had unlawfully made many tens of thousands of copies of its Windows operating systems.

Comet have replied that the disks are “recovery” disks.

If this ever gets to court it could be of enormous importance – Microsoft’s position is that your rights to their software are extremely limited by their licence agreement. Many experts in UK consumer law have, in the past, disputed various Microsoft claims (that, for instance, you cannot back the software up for recovery – not cloning – purposes).

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