Pirated Software and this Web Site

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March 27, 2017 at 23:34:56
Specs: Windows 10, i7-3770 3.9 GHz / 8153 MB
Has their been a change in forum policy?

This thread https://www.computing.net/answers/h... clearly contains a link to a site hosting keys for copyright software. It has been allowed to remain by the moderators; in my view it is a mistake to associate this web site with such illegal activity.

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March 28, 2017 at 04:36:37
Pirated software is not supported here at all, not by me at any rate.

The moderators don't automatically check posts before they appear on Computing.net

They rely on members reporting offensive posts, illegal software discussions or spam, using the red "Report" link which appears on every post.

lol - the red link is easy enough too see so I fail to understand why you are complaining here.

Don't complain on the forum - - report it!

message edited by phil22

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March 28, 2017 at 05:37:55
While agreeing we don't encourage or support pirate software... The link in this case is to what to many now regarded as dead in the water software/adandonedware; 95 is no longer supported by M$-land and I doubt they will get upset on this occasion. Were it a more current version (even as far back as XP) then yes I can see they might be somewhat upset.

'95-'98SE were in fact not in the more current stream of windows which one has to activate with M$-land; the key with the software being there and then active immediately. Although I seem to recall that some of those earlier keys were blocked by M$-land if one went for updates/upgrades using a windows version with some keys...; they being considered either dubious, or mis-sold keys (as in corporate keys...)?

But again yes we don't support pirating and best to draw the attention of the Mods/Justin when/where it appears to be appropriate; much as we do dodgy links to dodgy etc. software and the ever present SPAM...?

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March 28, 2017 at 10:12:15
Unless Microsoft has seriously changed its business practices
since the 1980's (which is certainly possible), I consider it to be
thoroughly evil, and stealing software or almost anything else
from it would be justifiable in my view. They acquired the bulk
of their vast wealth by stealing it from people who were less
powerful than them. With no legal recourse for justice, stealing
back from them isn't wrong. I'm embarrassed and ashamed
that I didn't think what I was doing and bought a new laptop
recently that came with Windows preinstalled, after I promised
to myself that I was not going to buy anything more from that
company. It was an impulse purchase, and I just didn't think
about the fact that it came with Windows. I can only hope that
the people at Microsoft now are not using the same despicable
practices that built them up to such a big, powerful monopoly
in the 1980's.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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March 28, 2017 at 13:38:01

The policy hasn't changed. In fact, if you find someone requesting an illegal download like that, feel free to report the original post rather than respond telling the user to buy it. That way it doesn't give anyone the opportunity to respond with links to illegal software.

I have removed that posting. It was more of a function of me not knowing about it vs. allowing it.

I realize there is this whole "abandonware" debate, but, I think its always better to play it on the safe side.


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March 30, 2017 at 06:23:01
I have been a Microsoft user since Windows 3.1. Their policies have changed with virtually every version of Windows. There are also different restrictions on what a user may do with when dealing with different types of licenses.

With all that said, most of the links mentioned above may have perfectly legal uses. If one has a key but has lost of misplaced their disks, in most cases it is OK with MS that the two elements be married.

As a moderator here I report threads to Justin on a regular basis. I may have the ability to remove or alter a thread, but if it serves the integrity of this site, I let Justin handle it as he sees fit. IMO moderators are here to keep things running smoothly, not to be the software police.

In some cases, breaking EULAs may be the ONLY way to access legally purchased files. All the music sites that came and then disappeared, taking the users ability to access music they paid for.

I think that overall, this site respects vendors rights as well as users rights.

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March 30, 2017 at 09:32:23
I posted the link in the deleted thread. The OP's request appeared legit plus he stated he already had a product key. I even included a sarcastic comment in my response about how doing searches has become a lost art. If the OP had simply entered "Windows 95 download" into Google rather than posting on this site, the 1st hit on the list (which is the link I posted) would have gotten him exactly what he asked for.

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March 30, 2017 at 09:40:54
Yup... searching on the web be it via google, yahoo or any other search engine - seems to be a lost art. Although to be fair... not everyone is au-fait with how to search; especially if they're new to the "wunders" of the WWW (and I don't mean the the wresting outfit).

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