Posted 28 February 2010 - 09:48 PM
when its obvious the person is using my help to blatantly break the law. For example, like I said a couple songs? probably not weve all done that, downloaded a CD to your hard drive (which is technically considered pirating even though it never leaves there) but if they say I need dual cat5 jacks and a large hard drive and a blue ray burner so I can download and pirate games for my game console, or they tell me they want me to install a wireless card when its obvious theres no wifi point in the house.
some of it is situational to, for example: I did a job for a friend awhile back, who got a nasty virus, it had deleted the driver for the keyboard and the mouse so I couldnt log on-even under safemode. and thats all it did. I couldnt remove it-without a keyboard and mouse that computer was useless even running kasparsky wouldnt remove it. they asked me to fix their computer, but also admitted to downloading a lot of songs via limewire. In most cases I probably would have turned around and said no, but I know them, and from what I was getting they were clueless about copyright laws-they had no clue it was against the law and ive known them long enough to know they were telling the truth. So I just told them that I needed to reformat the computer. and I could save their pictures off of it, but I could not save any of the music, for 2 reasons. A: it was illegal and B: chances are, thats where they got the virus from and I would just infect the computer again. So I did, I used a Ubuntu Live CD and got their pics and documents off of it, and then reformatted the disc-erased everything, and told them that to avoid that in the future to purchase their music. And some of it was they had itunes and they had bought some songs, but I had no way of verifying which were bought which wernt so they all got deleted. But if it had been someone I didnt know, and they insisted on saving the music, I probably wouldnt have.
I do all my work via personal reference, so its easy to tell the people who are trying to work the system from the people who simply have no clue. If your working with 6 customers a day it may not be so difficult however. The big thing is though if you go througn and be nitpicky over every little thing-you wont get any business at all. Just do your job, do it to the best of your abilities, and if someone wants you to do something to help them do something blatantly illegal, well then say no. If its something like the example I just listed use situational judgement.
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