Um legitimate is a legal term. And yes legally these were legitimate purchases. There was no hacking or illegal usage of MS' marketplace. People logged in, saw an item listed for free and purchased a license to use it. How is that illegitimate by any stretch of the imagination?
Were these purchases "legitimate"? Let's see, people found a workaround by misrepresenting their location and DL'd games for no cost whatsoever knowing full well that they were never intended to be free for their market. Oh yeah, that seems perfectly "legitimate". The amount of rationalization to justify one's actions by some of these people is amazing.
Is it fair? I don't know. Is it ethical? Well again that's up for debate. It certainly isn't piracy as these are legitimate licenses that were gained through legitimate ways. And of course it isn't theft because you can't steal software you can only pirate it. This is not a justification, it's just facts. You assume a lot - staying that I should know what Microsoft intended. So if a guy puts a sign on his front lawn and underneath is a pile of wood and the sign says "free" am I not to understand that the intention is that he's giving away free wood? I am not a mind reader and can only go by what information Microsoft gave me. The product showed as free on their system so I assumed that their intention was for it to be free. How is that a crazy assumption on my part?
Again I won't get into ethics as I know some people who feel that all video games are ethically immoral so I won't open that can of worms. I just wanted to say that these were legal and legitimate purchases even by Microsoft terms and conditions and code of conduct. If you can show me where it violates those above documents to engage in this behaviour then please feel free to educate me. But I've gone through those documents numerous times and they would not bar anyone from this sort of behaviour.
I'm so tired of people on this thread treating those who take advantage of deals in other regions as criminals, thieves of scumbags. If you have a moral issue with it fine. But that's your choice. I don't eat pork but that's my choice and I don't take it out on people go choose to feast down on bacon or ham sandwiches. And for the record I do not a misrepresent where I live to Microsoft. For each account I give Microsoft my address, name and in some cases credit card number or Paypal account. Then I migrate that account. But even if I didn't shall I ask you this: have you never used false info on an Internet site to gain access when it asks your proper date of birth - perhaps you don't trust websites securities and don't want that information stolen or shared? Have you ever tried to watch a mature rated video on IGN or Gamespot and been asked to input your date of birth and just selected something at random? How can you live with yourself for accessing a website by using false information? How you can even sleep at night astounds me!
In fact I want to finally put this to bed so if you can clearly prove that these were illegitimate purchases then just prove it to me and I'll happily send you $50 USD through Paypal. You seem so quick to say that these were illegal actions - please feel free to actually prove your statements and you get my money. Hope that ends this argument so we can go back to discussing games rather than this shit.