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Does DMCA cover Malicious Software?


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#1 JeffBlack

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 12:22 AM

Hi, first time here.

I'm unsure if this is the correct forum to post this question.

Does the DMCA cover the hosting of KMSpico, Windows Toolkit, Windows Activator etc.

I have found links for the downloading of activation tools in YouTube and Facebook.

Most of the hosting sites remove the file(s), however one site wanted additional information stating that this was a copyright matter.

Thank You.

 

 



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Posted 20 October 2017 - 08:17 AM

The DMCA.

 

KMSpico Website, Random Search.

 

It seems clear to me that the KMSpico tool is clearly covered by the stated purposes of the DMCA.  The sole purpose of these tools/activators is the circumvention of copyright laws pertaining to the installation of a Microsoft product  for sale on the open market.

 

IMO...the fact that the tool is clearly designed to violate copyright laws relative to MS products...also tends to make it an attractive item for those who wish to easily distribute malware via the self-installation of this tool.

 

Louis

 

IMO...your question...citing "malicious software" may not be answered clearly since "malicious" is an ill-defined term.  But the fact that there are websites existent which offer pirated software...it would seem that these should be covered by the DMCA.  Which ought to bring up the question...just how valuable is the DMCA and how effective are the efforts made to do...what the DMCA is supposed to be focused on.


Edited by hamluis, 20 October 2017 - 08:33 AM.


#3 JeffBlack

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 06:31 PM

Thank you sir for your help.

Here is a copy of an email I received from customer support at a hosting service:

 

  " If this does contain any malicious software please let us know. If it just has the software and the key to unlock it then this can only be taken down by a DMCA claim."

 

The file in question only contains a text file with 6 keys listed. 

After reading some of the links you provided I see that I must forward all information to the software developer.

As I'm not an authorized agent.

 

I also understand why a post would have the wording "for testing purposes only" or "for educational purposes only"

Thanks again.






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