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Can Twitter Come After Me If I Release Open Source Spam Software?

Discussion in 'Black Hat SEO' started by xxf8xx, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

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    Hey everyone. I started coding a Twitter bot a while ago. I abandoned the project however a long time ago. Now I figure an open source semi-complete bot may help some people learn or maybe someone can even work on it and get it working properly.

    So, I was just wondering if Twitter could do anything to me for releasing such code.

    Cheers,
    xxf8xx
     
  2. BlackhatCEO

    BlackhatCEO Registered Member

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    This is what we can do, I can review a copy and let you know my insight!

    However if it open-source no you wont have Twitter doing anything to you - the bot would be the equivalent of the average twitter user just a little bit less friendly and more "spammier" < if that is a word! lol
     
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  3. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

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    So if it is open source and not compiled it's ok to release it? Anyone else care to chime in here?
     
  4. sirgold

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    I wouldn't do it in any way that can lead to me personally, at least while the topic's still hot... Maybe release it on some dropbox or even better a foreign service in any non-traceable way. I'd certainly consider an onion url as well just to be safer. HTH
     
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    They can come after you, if they win the case or not is what it would come down too.
     
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    puneetas3 Senior Member

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    If it were a open source php, java or C# library or classes that people can use for spam work then you would not be liable for their act. But if it is a executable file that people just need to download and use then twitter will go mad at you.
     
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    why not just be on the safe side and put it up anonymously?
     
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    I'm by no means an expert, but even if you don't make any profit off it they can probably still sue you for damages. I doubt they'll go that far unless you get as big as Tweet Attacks though.
     
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    See this is crap. Talented folks being stifled with fear....I anticipated this..now all the coders are going underground.
     
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    Well - the case is that they can sue you if they want to. It doesn't really matter if you win or loose, because no matter what you will most likely be ruined by the lawyer bills that come with a case like that..
     
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    So very true. I have made a multithreaded ta bot a while back that I was thinking to sell as an alternative to ta users but with all the legal b.s. going around now i have no idea what to do with it.

    I got people telling me to "cover my tracks". That is easier said than done. You have to take care of payments and that will lead right to you. Some also said release an "elite" version, high price tag + limited number of people using it.. Well this is a win for the users but a Twitter bot needs constant updates.. That means there should be a recurring income/continuous sales for someone to keep on updating the project.

    Stalemate?
     
  12. SethTurin

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    Rule of thumb when building software that piggybacks off of another site's success - there's nothing to worry about unless you are getting rich - then you need to be careful.

    Speaking from experience, a company probably won't come after you until they've issued cease and desists and you've ignored them. And even then, unless you are one of the top software makers screwing them over, they won't even think about you. Keep it on the DL and you should be fine.
     
  13. xxf8xx

    xxf8xx Supreme Member

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    Well, I REALLY want to release what I have, however, I think I'll stay on the safe side and just hold onto it, at least until things cool down. Better to be safe than sorry I guess. Really wanted to see if the community could turn the bot into something great but it'll have to wait for now.

    I have been working on a Pinterest keyword follower today so maybe I'll release that instead once it's working properly. It follows right now but it's not multi-threaded.

    Cheers,
    xxf8xx
     
  14. necro

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    The solution for your problem is easy, all you need to do is change the lisence that you release the programm.

    How do you think all this other OpenSource programs get around.

    Change the Licence to GPL and add: "for educational use only"

    And bam, they cant do anything anymore ...