January 31, 2002
Microsoft piracy police target honest consumers
Author: JT Smith
NewsFactor Network writes: "It is not uncommon for many computer buyers to lose their documentation and product recovery software after purchasing their machines. Because of this, I've noticed that some product recovery CDs sell for a good price on EBay, especially when they are no longer available from the computer manufacturer. Like many others, I experienced this problem, so I ended up listing the product recovery CD for my HP OmniBook 500 on EBay. After my auction had been listed for about a day and a half, I got a message from EBay saying that it had been asked by Microsoft to end my auction because I had violated one of Microsoft's "Verified Rights Owner" (VeRO) policies. Immediately afterward, the auction was removed from the site without a trace."