Reply To: 21 Mar 15 Is your copy of Windows legal?
Right, it’s up to the states. Uniform Commercial Code has been adopted by all 50 states to define what constitutes a sale. There was a proposal in several states to amend UCC to carve out an exception for software sales (to make the software companies’ position you mention into law) but as far as I’m aware it wasn’t enacted.
As long as it remains an unsettled question, Microsoft and I will have to agree to disagree. I’m not about to take them to court :), but I know they’re not about to send their BSA goons to my house in search for “illegal” Windows copies.