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Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

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Some complete idiot on another board managed to post bragging about downloading pirated software for his business. After getting catty when no one congratulated him for this feat, he managed to tick me off enough for me to report the posts to the California Atty General.

Now, I doubt anything will happen with the crud, but has anyone heard of this type of thing resulting in an investigation?



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Since it's a business involved I would say yes. Just look at what's going on with Best Buy and their Geek Squad now after thinking they could pirate Winternals(a great program I might add).

I'm not sure what I want to say here. First, I don't know many computer types who haven't at one time or another used pirated software. So in that sense I think it's kinda silly that you turned him in.

On the other, if he was using it to help make money for a business, then really he should be forking over the cash. Basically I used to convince myself it was ok to pirate some stuff because I couldn't afford it. Once I could, and my wife got on my case enough, I stopped(well mostly) and now will buy what I want. But again, I never did it to earn money.

I guess what I think is the guy was lame for not purchasing something that was helping his business, but so are you for actually turning him in just cause he was being catty about it. He way more than you, but still.

And like I said, yes it could very well lead to him getting in trouble. The punishement really will depend on the loss that can be proven by the software manufacturer. So if he was small time, it'll be no big deal and the software maker may not even bother. If he was raking it in, and this software was a big part of it, he's screwed.
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Since: 11.12.01
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41

    Originally posted by wmatistic
    but so are you for actually turning him in just cause he was being catty about it.


Oh that wasn't the whole reason. He was just downright stupidly insulting to me in many posts and IMs right afterward.

Still, logging on to a board to brag about stealing, well, it's pretty damn dumb.



As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004
OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005
OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005
OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005
As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight"
As of 4/17/06: 210 pounds

Born Famous, Naturally Handsome: http://eddiefamous.blogspot.com/
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Since: 9.12.01
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The entity you want is the Business Software Alliance, I believe.

http://reporting.bsa.org/usa/

(edited by Guru Zim on 28.4.06 0851)


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Since: 9.12.01
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Also, they will probably make the guys life a living hell, and no one deserves to be put through a software audit.



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Since: 11.12.01
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41

No, I'm done with him.



As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004
OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005
OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005
OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005
As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight"
As of 4/17/06: 210 pounds

Born Famous, Naturally Handsome: http://eddiefamous.blogspot.com/
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Since: 9.12.01
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
So... anything happen?



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Since: 11.12.01
From: Catlin IL

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.42

Don't know.

I haven't heard back from the Cal. AG, didn't really expect to.

The guy ended up getting banned from the board two days later for attacking people and generally being an ass.

He acted plenty spooked in IMs to the board supervisor though. Sometimes in life the best you can ask for is making someone else uncomfortable, I suppose.



As of 2/28/05: 101 pounds since December 7, 2004
OFFICIAL THREE-MONTH COUNT: 112 pounds on March 9, 2005
OFFICIAL SIX-MONTH COUNT: 142 pounds on June 8, 2005
OFFICIAL ONE YEAR COUNT: 187 pounds on December 7, 2005
As of 2/27/06: 202 pounds "I've lost a heavyweight"
As of 4/17/06: 210 pounds

Born Famous, Naturally Handsome: http://eddiefamous.blogspot.com/
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