On the contrary, I do believe that there's a potential licensing issue here. I'm pretty sure that the restore disk doesn't know what COA is affixed to the case
Actually with Vista and Seven it's possible that it does, the software will have to match the bios certificate, but my point is even if someone was to install a slightly different windows version, it's not the job of anyone here to enforce microsofts licensing TOS, that is between the owner of the computer and microsoft, so of us to refuse to allow members to help each other because the possibility exists that someone could cheat microsoft, then all I have to say is that microsoft has done a good job brainwashing the userbase to do their job for them. We've alreay made them the richest company in the world. I own dozens of their operating systems and have helped to make them rich and have gotten a lot of grief as a reward. If (for example), someone wants to install a T61, there are only two windows versions, XP and Vista... both of equal value, and you could even get an XP downgrade if you didn't like vista, so many with vista coa have legal xp on them, but the point is... it's not our job to enforce this, give the owner of the computer the respect he deserves, he did after all pay good money for his OS, and deserves to be able to reinstall it. It's like like it would be possible to use the discs to get something more valuable then he deserves, and if someone does install the wrong version, then he'll have a non-genuine system, it's his problem not ours.
I don't see a difference in someone selling a set of recovery discs, loaning a set, or putting a set on a bittorrent tracker, it's all about thinkpad community members helping each other.
I think this would be a great idea and if the staff decides to allow it, I'll upload a set to get it started, and I'll download and help seed sets offered by others. I have a 25mbit upload on a fios connection, so I can share a good bit of data and my torrent server runs 24/7