A California man who built a sizable business out of recycling electronic waste is headed to federal prison for 15 months after a federal appeals court in Miami rejected his claim that the “restore disks” he made to extend the lives of computers had no financial value, instead ruling that he had infringed Microsoft’s products to the tune of $700,000.
I don’t understand the legal issues here, so I don’t have an opinion, other than the best way to recycle electronics is to use Linux. I’ve never understood how the Windows restore disks work (and don’t work). But Linux is easy! And runs better on older hardware.