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neil_cardiff

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17,109 posts

150 months

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Thursday 1st June 2006 quote quote all
It has noted that a few threads have been appearing regarding obtaining serials or downloads of pirated software.

It is quite simply illegal to do this, and most importantly harmful to the Pistonheads site to be involved with any piracy. FAST and BSA take a very dim view of organisations that do not do everything in their power to ensure that piracy does not occur or is encouraged.

I refer you to the "Rules of Posting" that each one of you see every time you post (on the left of the preview screen) and the following rule:

Rule 2 (ii)
That encourages, incites, solicits, promotes, or provides information about illegal or criminal activities (including pornography, terrorism, explosives, weapons, drugs, programming viruses, computer hacking and copyright infringement)


It may be worth having a read of the entire rules just to refresh your memories: www.pistonheads.com/gassing/rules.htm

So, in short, don't do it - if you have to, do it via PM - that way its on your head.

Cheers

Neil

neil_cardiff

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17,109 posts

150 months

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Thursday 1st June 2006 quote quote all
This does also apply to downloaded Video and Music...

Globulator

13,131 posts

117 months

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Thursday 26th April 2007 quote quote all
Personally I am very much against pirating software.

I do however often recommend software that is free, please note that this software is under the GNU public license or the BSD license and is free to use and free to copy.

Please read this: www.gnu.org/ for full information for the GNU license.

This software includes Linux, of which includes Kubuntu, Ubuntu, RedHat, Debian, and such applications a KDE, Gnome, Fink, Gimp, OpenOfficem Koffice, Pan, VLC, Apache etc. With GNU licensed software you are protected by the license unless you contravene the terms. In this case the terms encourage copying. This is quite rare - always read the license.

Now read the Windows Vista or MS Office End User license agreement - you probably got this with your PC - or go to Microsoft.com to read it. Sometimes you can use an additional copy for personal use, sometimes not. Lots of software is restricted to one machine, one user etc - it is one way of protecting the money supply: i.e. if you like a game or the developer, thank them by buying it with money.

Additionally there is enough top quality free software around if you look - it is often not necessary to copy stuff, in general better stuff is written by people who actually want you to copy and distribute it - even down to flight simulators!! It is possible to run an organisation or home with entirely free and legal software, just like Ernie Ball.

tigger1

7,663 posts

107 months

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Friday 27th April 2007 quote quote all
neil_cardiff said:
It has noted that a few threads have been appearing regarding obtaining serials or downloads of pirated software.

Whilst I agree with the tone of the message - remember that pirates have ships and parrots...copyright / IP infringement is VERY different from "piracy".

ThePassenger

6,962 posts

121 months

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Friday 27th April 2007 quote quote all
tigger1 said:
neil_cardiff said:
It has noted that a few threads have been appearing regarding obtaining serials or downloads of pirated software.

Whilst I agree with the tone of the message - remember that pirates have ships and parrots...copyright / IP infringement is VERY different from "piracy".


Have to admit the last two things I downloaded from tortuga were actually... *gulp* legal. Mechcommander Gold and Mechcommander 2, both have been released free of charge/copyleft, you can even get the source for MC2 from MS.
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tigger1

7,663 posts

107 months

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Friday 27th April 2007 quote quote all
ThePassenger said:
tigger1 said:
neil_cardiff said:
It has noted that a few threads have been appearing regarding obtaining serials or downloads of pirated software.

Whilst I agree with the tone of the message - remember that pirates have ships and parrots...copyright / IP infringement is VERY different from "piracy".


Have to admit the last two things I downloaded from tortuga were actually... *gulp* legal. Mechcommander Gold and Mechcommander 2, both have been released free of charge/copyleft, you can even get the source for MC2 from MS.


Yes indeedy.

There's also lots of cases of people being pursued for "piracy" of MS Office, when in fact they've downloaded "OpenOffice" via P2P software.

Please, can we avoid using the term "pirate" unless you're talking about this chap: -



Oh, and that image...is probably subect to copyright

ThePassenger

6,962 posts

121 months

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Friday 27th April 2007 quote quote all
tigger1 said:
There's also lots of cases of people being pursued for "piracy" of MS Office, when in fact they've downloaded "OpenOffice" via P2P software.
Oh, and that image...is probably subect to copyright


The case I remember was an FTP server being harassed because the bot they used saw 'office' in the filename and issued a C&D/violation. The full filename was as you say openoffice-<version number>.rpm (it wasn't even a Windows version).

Amusingly or not, the legal firms solution to the problems was to advise them to stop distributing OO.o rather than reprogram the bot.

tigger1

7,663 posts

107 months

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Saturday 28th April 2007 quote quote all
ThePassenger said:
tigger1 said:
There's also lots of cases of people being pursued for "piracy" of MS Office, when in fact they've downloaded "OpenOffice" via P2P software.
Oh, and that image...is probably subect to copyright


The case I remember was an FTP server being harassed because the bot they used saw 'office' in the filename and issued a C&D/violation. The full filename was as you say openoffice-<version number>.rpm (it wasn't even a Windows version).

Amusingly or not, the legal firms solution to the problems was to advise them to stop distributing OO.o rather than reprogram the bot.


That sounds like the one- I was close though!

FourWheelDrift

61,274 posts

170 months

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Sunday 29th April 2007 quote quote all
tigger1 said:
Please, can we avoid using the term "pirate" unless you're talking about this chap: -


"Yaaaaar!"

ThePassenger

6,962 posts

121 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2007 quote quote all
Actually a sensible question. What's the over under on things like FinalGear?

_Lee_

7,520 posts

129 months

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Monday 28th January 2008 quote quote all
FourWheelDrift said:
tigger1 said:
Please, can we avoid using the term "pirate" unless you're talking about this chap: -
"Yaaaaar!"
rofl I haven't seen that one before!

LeoZwalf

2,183 posts

116 months

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Wednesday 14th May 2008 quote quote all
Ironically that image was probably created by a ripped off version of Photoshop!

Petrolhead_Rich

4,405 posts

78 months

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Wednesday 8th September 2010 quote quote all
LeoZwalf said:
Ironically that image was probably created by a ripped off version of Photoshop!
Using copyrighted images and logo's....
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