Fuzzy Zabriskie schreef:
> I'm confused. When I buy a 'software license' am I buying the software
> or the right to use the software? If I have a license to use specific software
> on a hardware platform (say a Windows OS), and my install media is damaged,
> do I have use of the license I've bought? Can I legally obtain new media 
> and use my existing license key to install it?
By MS's definitions you're buying the right to use the software in ways 
they allow, as defined in their license. If you would be able to buy 
their Windows product instead of just a license to use, you could do 
with that whatever you wanted, including mass-copying and making money 
of it bigtime. Something they're not happy with and thus disallow. The 
license to use is because it's software instead of a physical product 
(which you normally buy instead of just a usage license)
> My reading of the EULA seems to say I'm buying the right to use it,
> and the media is provided so I can use the right I bought. Any 
> copy of the retail OEM install disk can be used with the key asssociated 
> with correct version license. M$ seems to be saying its not a '1st use'
> copyrighted work. If so, would that not mean assuming I have a legal key
> I could download/buy/copy install media to use it?
Yes you can use whichever installation media you want with your legally 
obtained/purchased valid license, no matter the source. Many computers 
with Vista allow downgrading to XP but don't provide the files somehow. 
Kinda annoying :).

Would be quite nice if you could download a copy of Windows from MS's 
website by entering your license key..instead they just send you a 
snailmail cdrom in a week's time or so. Oh well.

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