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Windows 8 Virtual appliances - Copyright issues

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Windows 8 Virtual appliances - Copyright issues


    Hi there
    I'd like to create a "Generic W8 Virtual appliance" which would give people the chance to try a reasonably generalized version of W8 very simply and easily with no work required by them - just download the Virtual appliance -- it would create a VHD and boot from it.

    I could ensure that before the process started the user was prompted to enter a valid windows code.

    Would I be breaking the EULA by doing this -- I would not charge anything for the "virtual appliance" and Ms activation servers would check the validity of the user licenses.

    Just seems to me to be a great easy teaching tool for people who have been put off from trying W8 by the latest load of press articles.

    I'm surprised Ms hasn't done this itself yet -- they are promoting a 90 day W8 Enterprise trial so there is nothing to suggest they would find this "Breach of copyright".

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Sounds like a cool idea. But, I would be hesitant to do what you say given this excerpt from the retail EULA.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Sounds like a cool idea. But, I would be hesitant to do what you say given this excerpt from the retail EULA.
    Hi there
    Thanks --that's the sort of thing I was afraid of -- maybe I could write to Ms and explain what I want to do --in no way am I trying to give users a FREE copy of Windows or steal Ms's intellectual copyrights.

    Given the bad publicity in some quarters on W8 maybe they will PAY me to perform this type of service --but I'm not holding my breath.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    You are very welcome. I was going to suggest that you contact MS. But, I got pessimist that they would go along. What the heck? Give it a try.
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