This is wrong, HP/Compaq laptops and desktops have not shipped with recovery discs since 2006. I know this much since I worked at a few retail stores.
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This is a scenario the RIAA has been anxious to avoid. Although the record industry has been eager to file lawsuits, it never wants to see the defendants exonerated, even when it's a clear case of mistaken identity. Instead, it would rather just quietly drop unwinnable cases and walk away, leaving defendants to deal with the legal bills from defending against a case that should never have been brought. For at least the second time, a judge has prevented the RIAA from doing exactly that. If the trend continues, the music industry's legal strategy could end up being far more expensive than it anticipated.
The means-and-ends moralists, or non-doers, always end up on their ends without any means. -- Saul Alinsky