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Whats Legal And Illegal To Do On A Pc?


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#1 deanpcmad

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 03:35 AM

Hey,

I am just wondering what is Legal and Illegal to do on a PC?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 03:53 AM

I'll fill you in on a few illegal things
  • It is illegal to download youtube video's. (I know there are software and websites to do this, and I'll admit I do it to. But its not something I'd mention to people on other forums- thats another story)
  • Cracks, warez and keygens are illegal. Your garinteed something nasty from downloading them anyway.
  • Downloading copyrighted music from P2P programs, bittorrent and the like. Alot of people do it and don't get caught but it is still illegal.<LI>Child pornography. This is illegal and immoral anywhere and I'm sure you know that. I just thought I'd throw it in.
There are a few things that are illegal on the internet. or, just plain illegal.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 06:34 AM

Thanks.

Would downloading Microsoft Windows Server OSes to test on Virtual PCs be illegal even if you're not going to use it completely?
Also, how about downloading OEM CDs/DVDs if you don't have the CD/DVD or if you need one?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:35 AM

Would downloading Microsoft Windows Server OSes to test on Virtual PCs be illegal even if you're not going to use it completely?

What do you mean by "use it completly"? Is it a trial of some sort?

Also, how about downloading OEM CDs/DVDs if you don't have the CD/DVD or if you need one?

I would have to say yes (since it most probably is) but if it was for your own personal use and not for someone else. I don't see the harm. (Just like downloading youtube videos.. :thumbsup: )

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 07:59 AM

Would downloading Microsoft Windows Server OSes to test on Virtual PCs be illegal

Would taking someone's car for a test drive, even if you didn't mean to buy it be legal? Yes. So would downloading a OS that you don't have a license for.

how about downloading OEM CDs/DVDs if you don't have the CD/DVD or if you need one

Still illegal.

I don't see the harm

Of course you don't see the harm. You don't own anything, so you couldn't possibly understand.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:00 AM

What do you mean by "use it completly"? Is it a trial of some sort?


Umm... I mean that I will use it only for Test Purposes on a Virtual PC to see if it will work for out business/its purpose and then buy it. Because there's no point wasting money on something that I/you are not going to use.

if it was for your own personal use and not for someone else. I don't see the harm. (Just like downloading youtube videos.. )


So does this mean that I can download OEM discs if they are lost or if they were not given to us by the manufacturer but only for our personal use? So could I do this if I have bought the Serial Number for the product?

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:24 AM

Umm... I mean that I will use it only for Test Purposes on a Virtual PC to see if it will work for out business/its purpose and then buy it. Because there's no point wasting money on something that I/you are not going to use.

May I ask how you are getting hold of the software?

So does this mean that I can download OEM discs if they are lost or if they were not given to us by the manufacturer but only for our personal use? So could I do this if I have bought the Serial Number for the product?

I can honestly say I don't know. I didn't think thats what you ment.
I have backups of installers on a flash drive (just in case something goes wrong and I don't want to go through painful download processes again) but I do it with free software. I know other people that do to.
However, I am unaware of the legalities of doing this (or something alike) with paid software.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:41 AM

<sigh>

So does this mean that I can download OEM discs if they are lost or if they were not given to us by the manufacturer but only for our personal use? So could I do this if I have bought the Serial Number for the product?

NO! IF you need backup copies, you contact the manufacturer.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:48 AM

May I ask how you are getting hold of the software?

I am getting this software by Torrent.

IF you need backup copies, you contact the manufacturer.

But you have to pay for these.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 08:52 AM

I am getting this software by Torrent.

Excuse me for a moment while I laugh until i cry.

Fine, sorry for the sarcasm. But are you aware of HOW DANGEROUS THAT IS!!
Never, never, never, never, never, ever, ever, ever download things like that from torrent sites. It is suicide. And I think its illegal!

IF you need backup copies, you contact the manufacturer.

You'll be paying less for that then the fine you'd have to pay for making the copy. And you could end up in jail.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:17 AM

Never, never, never, never, never, ever, ever, ever download things like that from torrent sites. It is suicide. And I think its illegal!

I always Virus Scan the stuff that I download with multiple Virus Scanners.

I also download eBooks from Torrent sites. Is this illegal as well? And, how about Portable Programs to run on a Memory Stick?

You'll be paying less for that then the fine you'd have to pay for making the copy. And you could end up in jail.

Thanks for that. I'm cancelling all of my OEM downlaods and trying to get copys from the manufacturer.

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:31 AM

I always Virus Scan the stuff that I download with multiple Virus Scanners.

I also download eBooks from Torrent sites. Is this illegal as well? And, how about Portable Programs to run on a Memory Stick?

It doesn't matter. Any exe you download from a torrent or P2P program isn't rarely ever what you're looking for. You could be lucky, but I doubt it.

About the audio books. If they're ment to be something that people pay for. Then yes it is illegal.

You'll be paying less for that then the fine you'd have to pay for making the copy. And you could end up in jail.


I know its a pain having to fork out money for that kind of thing. But its not really worth going to jail over :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 09:50 AM

I'd like to Thank all of you that have replied to this forum question.

I think I need to securely delete the stuff that I have downloaded and not do it again!

Thanks again. It's been really helpful!

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:07 AM

Not a problem, just glad I could help you stay safe :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 February 2008 - 10:52 AM

Y'know all that legal stuff that accompanies software? That's where the answers are to all of your questions - it's just a royal PITA to read it all.
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