DNS and Wildberries sell a strange version of Windows. Is it legal at all?


In Russian chain stores, they began to sell Windows builds that were not intended for sale. Izvestia writes about it.

According to the source, this is an OEM version of Windows (or OEI), not intended for free sale. Such offers were found at DNS-SHOP and Citilink retailers, as well as on the Wildberries and Yandex Market marketplaces.

OEM and OEI Windows builds are for companies that assemble laptops and PCs. These companies purchase licenses from Microsoft and pre-install the OS on their computers. The license agreement does not allow reselling or otherwise disposing of OEM licenses.

Theoretically, sellers could ask the buyer to confirm that he is a PC and laptop assembler, but Izvestia checked this point and made sure that the listed stores do not ask for any additional data and documents. Anyone can come in and buy a Windows OEM license, which is not for free sale.

Citilink reported that the product page honestly states that this is a version of Windows for PC builders. Wildberies assured that they would remove the product from sale as soon as the copyright holder applied. It was not possible to get a comment from DNS and Yandex Market.

Lawyers interviewed by Izvestia say that the acquisition of such a key does not give the average user the right to even use it, since it formally violates the permitted limits for using the product. Such actions are punishable, among other things, under Russian law, in particular, under Article 146 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Infringement of copyright and related rights.”


Source: iGuides.ru by www.iguides.ru.

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