Microsoft's rights to trial software versionshumpy101 writes "I know that I'm pretty stupid, but I think that even Microsoft can top me. Recently I found an unopened copy of Microsoft Small Business Server 2003 lying around in my garage, and listed it on eBay for $10. Well after a few days it was removed, for "copyright violation". eBay as usual are no help, so I contacted the suggested address at Microsoft. After a few days I got back a two line email reply which in part read as follows: "Microsoft does not authorise the redistribution or sale of Beta or Trial versions of its software. Please refer to your End User License Agreement 'EULA" for the terms and conditions of use".
Is this legal? Admittedly I did not buy the software, it was given to me by someone — I forget who. Should I be pissed off, or do they have a right to do what they did? I mean the software is useless to me — I wouldn't run SBS in a pink fit — and it is in my possession, someone else might want it, so why shouldn't I be able to sell it? Would it/should it be different if I had paid full retail price for a copy off the shelf of my local store? I see other SBS listings in eBay, what do they do are they licensed resellers? Thanks everyone