Let me start off by saying... I have no problem with piracy. Hell, my name is BlackBeard. And yes, I have one. I am just getting into Internet marketing, but I do information security oriented stuff for a living, including a lot of web app security, so I am looking fwd to learning Internet marketing from you guys and in sharing my technical knowledge etc.. So - from a security perspective - here is my thought. I wouldn't be building an entire site around a pirated script. It's a really bad idea. Here are the things that WILL go wrong - 1) You don't know if someone hacked a backdoor into the code, giving them access to your server. It's really easy to do. Are you going to read the source code? Do you know how? Do you know what to look for? If not - don't use it. But there's still #2 2) There is a hole lurking in the application. Someone will find it and publish it to Bugtraq. An enterprising hacker will do a google search for vulnerable websites. You will get pwnd, and not have a way to get patches. Then what do you do? Your whole site is reliant on this software. Oops! There is TONS of open source software out there. Tons! You can get patches for it, and get it from a trusted source. Using pirated web scripts though, and relying on them, is asking to get pwnd.