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Is it illegal to run the blog of warez?

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by adward, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. adward

    adward Power Member

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    I am running some warez blogs in which users can register and post warez rapidshare links. I wonder if It's illegal? Will they put me to the jail for that work?
    Thanks for your input.
     
  2. bfellow

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    I don't think you will end up in jail. This doesn't fall under pirating laws because you are not selling unauthorized copies for profit. With the DMCA, they have to send you a notice to take there property down before pursuing civil action. But even with this I don't think you qualify because you are not hosting the files, rapidshare is.

    There is lots of grey in this area. But you won't end up in jail.
     
  3. adward

    adward Power Member

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    Yeah. Actually I got an email from one company to tell me remove their software links. So I am worry that they will punish me about that.
     
  4. Bryan

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    IMO it's fine, but make sure the link isn't linkable by using
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    http://link.com[[SIZE=2]/[/SIZE]code] because it'll be up to people if they want to copy/paste the link and download it by themselves, plaintext link is (should be) considered as text, not link, so you're not actually "promoting"/encouraging people to download it, it'll be up to them, if DMCA want to go after someone, they should go after people who decided to download pirated stuff/warez
    
    Just my 2c
     
  5. Waizujin

    Waizujin Newbie

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    What I would do, is remove their software links, and just keep going. Don't piss them off. If you don't, they could try to sue you, etc. Which, with a decent lawyer, it wouldnt work. But it would waste your time, and money to fight them off. So just remove their links and continue on. Any future links of their software, leave up there until they ask specifically to remove the new links as well.
     
  6. Daniel0cean

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    you`ll probably get them shutdown but no problems whatsoever
     
  7. renateh

    renateh Regular Member

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    And why don't you take anonymous hosting? :)
     
  8. adward

    adward Power Member

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    Thanks for your info. So it's safe if I remove the links and delete the user who posted that thread. Right :)
    Cheers.
     
  9. Waizujin

    Waizujin Newbie

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    I am still unable to P-M, or actually I will be able to after this, but could you P-M me who is your hosting provider?

    Appreciate it. :)
     
  10. bfellow

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    Just take the link down. Who ever sent you the email is following the steps laid out in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They have to ask first for the link to be taken down. Do that and you will be fine.
     
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  11. oddful

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    Check with your webhost too, if a company catch you doing that they can just report to your hosting company and shut you down the faster way. Better get some offshore hosting.