FREE Eric Lundgren an electronics-recycling innovator who is being put in jail unfairly
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Eric Lundgren an electronics-recycling innovator is going to prison for simply trying to extend older computers' lives by creating "restore discs" to enable users to reinstall their own previously licensed software. This software can be downloaded for FREE from Microsoft.
He was "selling" these discs for $0.25 a piece not even the cost of making the disc, the disc itself and shipping.
U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley chose to ignore key testimony from Glenn Weadock, a former expert witness for the government in its antitrust case against Microsoft, was asked:
"In your opinion, without a code, either product key or COA [certificate of authenticity], what is the value of these reinstallation discs?"
"Zero or near zero," Weadock said.
Why would anybody pay for one? Lundgren's lawyer asked. "There is a convenience factor associated with them," Weadock said. (Not to mention if you can't boot your computer, you can't download the FREE software from Microsoft to fix it...duh!)
Judge Hurley who is 75 years old, and clearly doesn't understand what a restore disc is or how it is used, decided that Weadock was not credible, and decided that Lundgren's 28,000 restore discs had a value of $700,000, and that dollar amount qualified Lundgren for a 15-month prison sentence, along with a $50,000 fine.
Judge Hurley then said "This is a difficult sentencing," U.S. District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley told him last year, "because I credit everything you are telling me. You are a very remarkable person." and then threw him in jail.
Tell Judge Hurley to reverse his sentence of Eric Lundgren.
Tell Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Satya Narayana Nadella that they should be SUPPORTING efforts like this to recycle computers and keep E-Waste out of the environment. This man should be celebrated NOT jailed.
FREE Eric Lundgren!!
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