Pirated/Cracked Software - Where to Report?

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Okay, well I'm getting fed up with people that sell memberships in Blackhat forums - Basically reselling someone elses software at a heavily discounted price because its cracked.

How can we report these people? I know there are tons of these forums and I would like to see a few of them shutdown.
#pirated or cracked #report #software
  • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
    If they're revealing up front what is on the inside, send a link to the product creators. Check the whois for the domain, and report them to their registrar.

    John
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    • Profile picture of the author jitterbug978
      What if the registrar simply ignores my email.

      Registrar: http:// www.internet.bs

      They are an offshore company...
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      • Profile picture of the author John Rogers
        Who's their payment processor? If you can get a couple of people whose products they are ripping off to report them, it could shut down their merchant account.
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      • Profile picture of the author Tom Goodwin
        Originally Posted by jitterbug978 View Post

        What if the registrar simply ignores my email.

        Registrar: http:// www.internet.bs

        They are an offshore company...
        If you send down a takedown notice Iassuming you are the owner of the infringed product..if you aren't, then you have no rights there) to a registrar and host, you would have to institute legal proceedings against them or the owner (which if they are private whois, you wouldn't know). Of course, if everything is located in say, the Netherlands or Russia, there really is nothing you can do. You just have to move on.
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    • Profile picture of the author hotconcepts
      Originally Posted by John Rogers View Post

      If they're revealing up front what is on the inside, send a link to the product creators. Check the whois for the domain, and report them to their registrar.

      John

      Yes report them straight to the product creator. That's the best way.
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    Only the owner of the product can take action, so notify the owner of the product. If it's not your product, there's little you can do.
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  • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
    If you are the owner of the software or ebook that is being stolen, you can get Google to delist the site by sending a properly formatted Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice to them here: Digital Millennium Copyright Act

    You should also send the notice to the site's payment processor, i.e. PayPal, Visa, Auth.net, etc. Send the notice to the site's hosting company, the parent hosting company (if the host is a reseller), and the site owner's mother. Mothers hate to hear that their kids are stealing.
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  • As someone whose content keeps getting pirated, I can tell you that there's no easy solution to this. Hosting companies and payment processors simply wash their hands clean on this matter.
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    • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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      Originally Posted by Anonymous Affiliate View Post

      As someone whose content keeps getting pirated, I can tell you that there's no easy solution to this. Hosting companies and payment processors simply wash their hands clean on this matter.
      No ... not exactly true. If it is a legitimate host, DMCAs work every time for me. If it is a black*hat host .. forget about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
    Someone recently alerted me about a product
    that I'm a part of being shared on one of the
    popular "vaults" for pirated stuff.

    Frankly, it's happened many times before and
    I assume that every product will wind up there
    eventually (because it will... digressing).

    Anyway, what I found hysterically funny,
    was the arguing going on about other pirates
    "stealing" this group's stolen goods... then sharing
    them on *other* pirate sites...

    They were even using the words "ours" and
    "our stuff" to describe the stolen products.

    These guys were absolutely INCENSED at the notion
    of all their hard work being taken advantage of like
    that... somebody else just grabbing "their" files without
    paying for membership or being in on their "group buy".

    Un...friggin'.....believable.
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    • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
      Originally Posted by BrianMcLeod View Post

      Someone recently alerted me about a product
      that I'm a part of being shared on one of the
      popular "vaults" for pirated stuff.

      Frankly, it's happened many times before and
      I assume that every product will wind up there
      eventually (because it will... digressing).

      Anyway, what I found hysterically funny,
      was the arguing going on about other pirates
      "stealing" this group's stolen goods... then sharing
      them on *other* pirate sites...

      They were even using the words "ours" and
      "our stuff" to describe the stolen products.

      These guys were absolutely INCENSED at the notion
      of all their hard work being taken advantage of like
      that... somebody else just grabbing "their" files without
      paying for membership or being in on their "group buy".

      Un...friggin'.....believable.
      It's hard work buying an ebook, filing a chargeback, and then uploading the book to your server. Thieves work hard for their money and other thieves should respect that.
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      • Profile picture of the author BrianMcLeod
        Originally Posted by E. Brian Rose View Post

        It's hard work buying an ebook, filing a chargeback, and then uploading the book to your server. Thieves work hard for their money and other thieves should respect that.
        This was about 700 megs of video/audio/pdf training.

        Somehow, I know EXACTLY how much work is involved. LOL

        : )

        Brian
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        • Profile picture of the author E. Brian Rose
          Originally Posted by BrianMcLeod View Post

          This was about 700 megs of video/audio/pdf training.

          Somehow, I know EXACTLY how much work is involved. LOL

          : )

          Brian
          In all seriousness, I once followed a thread that was giving one of my products away for free. The people were posting thank yous and testimonials and the OP was accepting the praise as if he were the author. It was quite disgusting.
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        • Profile picture of the author Jeff Henshaw
          Okay, well I'm getting fed up with people that sell memberships in BlueFart forums - Basically reselling someone elses software at a heavily discounted price because its cracked.
          Unless you have been directly affected, I'd just let it pass. No point bringing on a stroke or a heart attack over this, as it happens everywhere. There are however, things that can be done to minimize losses due to such activity. Advice is available by searching this forum or Google.

          The Internet is the new frontier, just like the old Wild West of America seemed to be two and so Centuries ago. It could be aptly described as lawless. The only country that seems to want to try and police the Internet at present appears to be the USA. The EEU for example would have more effect trying to police the Moon, in my view!

          In years to come things will surely change, but meantime, I suggest staying away from the bad sites, forget the crap and criminal activities that are committed on such sites and focus on your own activities and business.

          Just my thoughts and goog luck with your endevours,

          Best Regards,
          Jeff.
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  • Profile picture of the author MassiveMarketer
    You'll have to notify the product owner or the payment processor.
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  • Profile picture of the author samstephens
    The one thing in those kind of forums that always makes me laugh is the threads start out like this:

    "Can someone send me ProductX? Anyone got a cracked version?"

    "Yeah, here'z a link dood"

    (And here's the funny bit, they often end the pirated product swapping/stolen goods delivery with

    "Good luck with your business!"


    As if anyone who steals from other people is ever going to be successful in their own business. If you don't respect other peoples' businesses, how can you possible expect people to respect yours?

    If you steal from other people, how can possibly expect people to *pay* for your products?


    I've seen a few forums like that where people are trying to pirate DLGuard - they want to steal a copy of DLGuard so they can stop people stealing from them.

    Are these people realling that mentally challenged that they can't see the huge locial hole in these kind of wishes?

    I can answer that: Yes. Yes they are.
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  • You can try reporting to the Business Software Alliance, through https://reporting.bsa.org/usa/home.aspx?pr=1. By reporting piracy, you could even be eligible for a reward.
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    • Profile picture of the author warfore
      I agree that if you are using "stolen" software to support your business then you are not serious about your activities as a business. The other component of this is that if they have "hacked" the software what makes you think they haven't also included some type of malicous code in it. It is a bad practice all around.
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      Tony

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