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What is "warez"?


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#1 buckshotdad1960

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:36 PM

I've always wondered! It's in the rules. What does it mean?

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Posted 27 August 2009 - 10:40 PM

cracked software

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 12:00 AM

Software or copyrighted and protected works originally intended to be purchased which have been altered to allow for installation and/or use without legally acquiring it (read here "paying for it").

It's illegal to use it.
It violates the rights of those who created the product.
It's theft.
It speaks to the character of a person when they take something without paying.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 09:20 PM

Thank you, that makes sense now.

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:28 PM

if people put links to or saved illegal warez on this site then the FBI would be crack down on the maker of this website so fast

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Posted 28 August 2009 - 10:47 PM

While the primary reason that warez is prohibited on BC is because it's illegal in the United States (where BC is hosted and where Grinler lives) there's also good cause to avoid warez because it's often a vector for malware, either in the warez itself or from the source of the warez (websites, for example, designed to exploit browser vulnerabilities.)


It's theft.


In the US, warez is not considered "theft" but copyright infringement. (Ref: Dowling v. United States)

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 28 August 2009 - 11:09 PM.


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Posted 01 September 2009 - 03:12 AM

It's theft.


In the US, warez is not considered "theft" but copyright infringement. (Ref: Dowling v. United States)



The above statement is incorrect and shows why this isuue is constantly being unsuccessfully challenged in court. The United States No Electronic Theft Act (NET Act) of 1997 is a federal law which provides for criminal prosecurtion of individuals who engage in copyright infringement as an act of theft, even where there is no monetary profit or commercial benefit from the infringement. Maximum penalties can be five years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines, in addition to an increase in statutory damages of 50%.

Before relying upon a 24 year old court case for the interpretation of current legal application of law, be careful to check for any relevant changes in law since the original decision.

See also:

http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2009/02/connecticut-cou/

Three years ago, when a 62-year-old Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty to similar charges in Connecticut federal court, then-U.S. Attorney Kevin J. O’Connor said, "Stealing the intellectual property of others is no different from any other form of thievery."

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 12:31 PM

Ah well, I stand corrected as to the legalities. Nevertheless I think that the whole concept of copyright has been perverted beyond all recognition from its original purpose, scope, and intent.

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Posted 01 September 2009 - 04:48 PM

In the old times, the term warez referred to illegally copied and shared software. It did not mean cracked software. It did not mean illegally sold software. Now it can mean anything. It started as an excuse that software (specially MS) was so costly, not everyone could afford it. The pirates took pride in serving such warez as if they are fighting against some evil element of the society. But now they have no excuse left, they do shamelessly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warez

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Posted 13 September 2009 - 08:50 AM

It's ILLEGAL :thumbsup:




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