Counterfeiting Microsoft's "Restore CD" Landed Me in Prison for a Year

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In 2012, while living in China, longtime e-waste recycler Eric Lundgren manufactured 28,000 PC restore discs to be used in refurbished computers sold in the United States.
The shipment of discs, exact copies of Dell-branded Microsoft Windows CDs, immediately raised suspicions with U.S. Customs officers, beginning a chain of events that would alter Lundgren’s life for the next seven years.
VICE follows the prolific computer refurbisher as he's sentenced to-and released from-federal prison.
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alun roberts
alun roberts 5 godzin temu
But money is so much more needed it is OK to fuck the world for every one else in 500 years as we say the old people 200 years ago made a mess burning coal. So it OK dump rubbish also lead free solder is so bad more stuff brakes with vibration leading to more going in to land fill that is much worse then a small amount of lead
Bro Brian
Bro Brian 5 godzin temu
Yeah, just one more story that makes me think how grateful I am to have jumped ship, and migrated over to Linux years ago.
doubstercom 5 godzin temu
Microsoft - The CIA financed company, technically based on 3rd party software Gates bought for 50K and got rich on...This company is a joke, as is their software. Thats why I am on Mac hardware with Linux.
Phil Steel-Wilson
Phil Steel-Wilson 5 godzin temu
Is this the world we live in now ? I am so sad.
Jonathan Winn
Jonathan Winn 5 godzin temu
Forgive me here not understading Amercian law as I am English, but do you not get sent stright to prison from the courthouse after sentence? In the UK you are just taken down to the cells and off to prison directly. Is this not the case in the US? How do they know you will not just run away after the judge passes the time on you.
Levi Simpson
Levi Simpson 5 godzin temu
So this is what this guy does jail time for. Shame he wasn't rich or famous, he could have got a pass.
STYNCLSY 5 godzin temu
Can I get a job?!
mkvnwk 6 godzin temu
Gotta watch out for those "cancerous carcinogens".
!? 6 godzin temu
Tech companies should sell replacement parts for their machines directly to consumers and make the machines easy to repair (i.e. Fairphone.) Its both moral AND financially profitable. Like I've got an LG phone with an easily replacment battery, yet LG itself no longer sells replacment batteries for the phone directly from its store. I bought 3rd party knock-off batteries from a different comoany instead. A wasted revenue stream for LG.
Drank 宛あよSit down イヴぁ
they called him a mad man
Alex Cerda
Alex Cerda 6 godzin temu
font, just wow
fourzerozerozero 7 godzin temu
If Microsoft was smart they'd fucking hire him instead
Josh 7 godzin temu
Funny how microsoft has the audacity to complain about theft when Bill Gates stole windows platform in the first place
Shawn F
Shawn F 7 godzin temu
Are you going to recycle that giant E-Waste Tesla you're driving?
!? 6 godzin temu
Apparently Teslas are very easy to fix. Like theres a youtube video where a guy who repairs his own Tesla says most of the parts apparently fit together "Lego-like".
Jun Steed
Jun Steed 8 godzin temu
The law should green light Recycling & Eco. lol
Jason Rankin
Jason Rankin 8 godzin temu
Of course he wears a fedora
whelkshuffler 9 godzin temu
Mike Hauss
Mike Hauss 9 godzin temu
The right to repair... a war we all need to fight. This is just one battle of what should be many. The tide must be turned. As products get more complicated, we (consumers) who spend our hard-earned money on them need to learn more about them. Knowledge is power and without it, we're just a bunch of helpless fools engaged in the hurd mentality.
LaunchLab 9 godzin temu
Typically these disc say "For distribution only with a NEW Dell (whichever brand) computer. The problem here is this guy thinks the product is open source and its not. It is sold and is treated as such. He would have been better to just give customers of the computers the link to download their OS. Instead he was trying to create the "look" that the OS was coming with it like a new machine. Also, no matter how many people tell him he is wrong, he will continue to think he is right and wrap his abuse of IP laws up as him recycling. Microsoft is not putting you in prison- you are. You broke the law.
George Abek
George Abek 10 godzin temu
Wow what a story! I would love to work with him.
Cynthia Bonsignore
Cynthia Bonsignore 10 godzin temu
You were supposed to learn don't f*** with big businesses they want their money and you better not get in the way
Cynthia Bonsignore
Cynthia Bonsignore 10 godzin temu
My God could you imagine if he committed half the crimes Microsoft committed with the illegal labor and everything else s*** it would have been shot
Cynthia Bonsignore
Cynthia Bonsignore 10 godzin temu
Trump's not going to Pardon you he stands for big businesses that f*** people I wouldn't be surprised if he already heard about your story and orgasmed at the thought a big business winning such an abuse of power
randy johnson
randy johnson 10 godzin temu
Ben Haas
Ben Haas 10 godzin temu
Why on Earth wouldn't he just install Linux on the machines and avoid the whole issue? The people discussing this are acting like the only way to make an old computer work is to install Windows on it. Install Linux, recycle your e-waste, and stop acting like you're a martyr when you could have accomplished the exact same thing without antagonizing one of the largest companies in the world.
Benny Bro
Benny Bro 10 godzin temu
If you make computers last 5 years longer, then new computers won't be built and Microsoft loses a fortune. Not gonna hapn.
randy johnson
randy johnson 10 godzin temu
Big corporations hav big pockets in currupt government
Battle Pug
Battle Pug 10 godzin temu
I don't understand why he didn't use GNU Linux. It's open, far more powerful, far more efficient, supports far more hardware and as easy to use as Windows these days. No-brainer really. You just can't play all the latest games on it which I'm sure isn't the target of a refurbished computer.
Jessica Oh
Jessica Oh 10 godzin temu
Definitely where I want my taxpayer dollars going. I mean, when I wake up in the morning my first thought is, I love the concept of our taxes being used to put nonviolent human beings behind bars, as opposed to... I don't know, perhaps education and our failing infrastructure? What the fuck.. Also, fuck his contractors for taking the money and disappearing as soon as he went to prison. Jesus christ this guy cannot catch a break.
EclipseInID 2017
EclipseInID 2017 10 godzin temu
Lot of damn idiots in this comment section that don't have the slightest clue how the world actually works
Mark Monroe
Mark Monroe 11 godzin temu
He should've gave away Linux install CD's instead, Windows software is so buggy
Tech-Nitwit -
Tech-Nitwit - 11 godzin temu
Microsoft And bill should burn in hell for what they are did to this man !!! This Jude must be over 50 or 60. Sorry this happened to you man.
Jhefferson Barros
Jhefferson Barros 11 godzin temu
If only Vice made pieces like this all the time..
Miguel d'Oliveira
Miguel d'Oliveira 11 godzin temu
This guy is a hero. Poetic justice would be Microsoft copying any of his ideas and his company putting some of their goons behind bars.
CK's channel.
CK's channel. 11 godzin temu
"I counterfeited software and got arrested!" And Vice has the balls to call itself "news".....
evelasq1 11 godzin temu
He is the man for the world.
tracy smith
tracy smith 12 godzin temu
He did not need to provide the restore discs to sell rebuilt computers. He took a needless risk and the fact that he got punished doesn't surprise me at all.
Kapazu 13 godzin temu
He shouldn't drive a Tesla because Elon is fighting mechanics who work on them,because they want to make all the repair earnings.
spiloFTW 13 godzin temu
A fedora and a ugly wrapped BMW. Just that alone should send him for 50 years in a hole!
Microsoft found a scapegoat and they aint letting it slide.
Tanya Medina
Tanya Medina 14 godzin temu
I remember when they quit selling these restart discs and I didn’t know how to act, because I restore all of our computers as we pass them down to different family members as we use them. When my mom and I bought new Dell computers one time they didn’t have any restore just with them anymore and they told us we had to order them all online but then we had to pay money to get them instead of them just coming to our computers and plus they were extremely hard to get I can’t believe they did this to this man
Mio Fukushima
Mio Fukushima 14 godzin temu
Small computer shops do it all the time and pirating windows smh. And this guy got arrested for stupid reasons lol
Alphonse Capone
Alphonse Capone 14 godzin temu
Ironically Microsoft stole the product activation (patent) they were using from Australian inventor Ric Richardson and no one in Microsoft was sent to jail.
boltonky 14 godzin temu
Least he can sue the contractors for not finishing the house, and ultimately its called monopolies (which more and more countries are allowing even though most countries have defined laws not allowing this...its a trust) If i remember correctly only the early ones had specific identifiers, i still wonder if he would of got done if he said he found/sourced CD's from landfill as i have done enough IT contracting to have seen 1000's of these thrown out in one go re-doing a few large schools. What i would really like to see is something like carbon tax but cost companies based on non-recyclable electronic waste, although kinda like education/health debate would you consider a heavy tax - prices going up if it actually showed change?
Justin Crediblename
Justin Crediblename 14 godzin temu
TEverettReynolds 15 godzin temu
15 Years ago I was told I could not "re-sell" my original OEM shrink-wrapped IBM ThinkPad Windows 95 Restore CDs on EBay, as it was against the licensing agreement... this is not new. This guy chose to break the law to make a point about recycling... sad thing is that nobody really cares...
Axeman 16 godzin temu
Me: I wanted to do somthing like this Me: stuck in bed watching this at 02:45
FSXNOOB - GAMES & MORE 16 godzin temu
1 man vs the system. Good job :)
Soup Can
Soup Can 17 godzin temu
A side note also , millions of people in the United State's are turning to living off grid in vehicles and off grid home's , most states are passing law's forbidding living in vehicles and even having house's not connected to services. i know this is a broad comment and every town city and state has it's own unique building codes and law's concerning land ( I've been a sub contractor for 24 year's ) I myself am going off grid in a vehicle that can sustain 2 people for 6 to 8 month's without needing anything from anyone and leaving no foot prints either it has taken me year's to put this together but the closer i have gotten to my goal the more difficult the government makes it to do . America is not free anymore if you believe that then you are very well trained by our economy and government to deliver the necessary goal's of control and hand them to your children ...
Soup Can
Soup Can 17 godzin temu
What is his company's name !?!??!
Andreas L.
Andreas L. 17 godzin temu
Microsoft spies on us, they make huge profits with our data, they let us test their crap and we pay for it! The first and only way to repair and upgrade a PC is to remove Windows and install a Unix system. Goodbye Microsoft.
xamael1989 17 godzin temu
The solution is simple gentlemen go linux fuk mac and windows
Stephen Hillier
Stephen Hillier 18 godzin temu
This guy is a fuckin legend
James Kirk
James Kirk 18 godzin temu
Microsoft has ALWAYS been on the wrong side of humanity. I've made sure hundreds of companies avoided Microsoft licensing a million times over what this guy did. GO F*CK YOURSELF MICROSOFT!
fuckfannyfiddlefart 18 godzin temu
When Microsoft was convicted NOBODY went to jail. #CorporateAccountability
fuckfannyfiddlefart 18 godzin temu
Should made put Linux. #NEVERMicrosoft
fuckfannyfiddlefart 18 godzin temu
Profit before people and the planet. Withdraw Microsoft corporate status.
SIIIOXIDE 18 godzin temu
phone blocks was an amazing concept,,,, i have 4 modern phones that i cannot use thanks to only the cpu and gpu not being up to spec for current apps....
Darryl Smith
Darryl Smith 19 godzin temu
Yet a pedophile gets 6 months and probation.....
Jakob Sievers
Jakob Sievers 19 godzin temu
His post-prison fedora very fittingly has a much more positive vibe to it😊
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