<<I don't understand why Micro$$oft is not complaining and why is the BC forum recommending them to members??>>
The BC Forum/website...does NOT recommend any download of any version of Windows, either via torrent, .iso, or direct download link. See Policy Statement at Recommending ISOs of Windows Recovery Discs or pre-made ISOs of WinPE-BartPE - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic382841.html . Nowhere on this website can you find any official endorsement of the Digital River or other Win 7 sources.
What the individual members suggest to each other...is NOT representative of anything other than that person's attitude, opinion, and preferences. If a member chooses to believe that a download is legal when it clearly isn't...I don't waste my time trying to convince that person otherwise. As long as I myself don't make such suggestions...and I therefore don't have to be responsible for holding myself as an agent of Microsoft...I'm willing to allow members to say things which are not true.
The weak point of this whole Digital Rivers situation...is that, obviously, Microsoft knows and has not stopped the flow. Not my concern, since I don't work for Microsoft and I'm not a lawyer.
I cannot tell you or any other member to NOT download yourtube videos, music, torrents, etc. Forces much lareger and greater than myself and this website have made all these things possible and easily done.
But, please....don't ever say that some of these things are "legal" because they are not...any more so than the fact that many users assert and believe that they "own" their copy of Windows...when, in reality, they have purchased a license to use Windows via the permission of Microsoft, in accordance with terms spelled out specifically.
Enough time wasted on a discussion of such...but I hate it when someone asserts something in error and said person is convinced that it is not error. "Legal" is a precise term with definite meaning...I'm not sure it should be used in conjunction with any download of Windows where there is no immediate purchase attendant to such download.
Until Microsoft asserts that anyone/everyone can download Win 7 via their digital rivers links which are everywhere...I won't be using the term "legal" in conjunction with such downloads.