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    Piracy

    There was a thread related to antivirus software that eventually led to a member recommending pirated software.

    This is unacceptable. Neither illegal activity, nor the promotion of it, will not be tolerated on the forums. I have deleted the offending posts and have warned the poster via PM. Any related activity by any member will result in their immediate suspension.

    The forum guidelines have been updated accordingly. No warnings will be given in future.

    The distribution of all software, whether open source or proprietary, is protected by legal structures. OpenFree.org respects them all and will honor the law retroactively, via post deletion and user suspension, if a legal authority requests us to do so in cases where the forum membership was previously unaware of the violation and the request is deemed valid.
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    Peter in the future would it be possible to do the following to avoid that threads suddenly appear odd to readers since posts disappeared in the middle of a debate:

    Mark the user as banned somehow - Change the status to "Maximum bannination"? Also change the text of the post to something like: "This post has be modified in accordance with the Forum Guidelines[this should be a link]. Reason: Recommending copyright violation".

    Likewise I would like to change the forum guideline wording from piracy to copyright violation, that covers all cases we worry about and it avoids playing into the RIAA/MPAAs hand by using their branding of sharing.

    Oh and both links go to the guidelines, I believe one should go to the offending thread.. no?
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    I've made both changes.

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    I don't really think mentioning or recommending any pirated software or discussion of it is illegal. Thus, I don't see any need for moderating it in anyway. After all, the site mentioned that ALL the expression of any post is the opinion of the poster. So I don't see any legal or otherwise violation there.

    What next? Are we going to tell them how to talk, what language to speak??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compunuts View Post
    I don't really think mentioning or recommending any pirated software or discussion of it is illegal. Thus, I don't see any need for moderating it in anyway. After all, the site mentioned that ALL the expression of any post is the opinion of the poster. So I don't see any legal or otherwise violation there.

    What next? Are we going to tell them how to talk, what language to speak??
    What he did was say "it is free here <link to a popular torrent site>, just search for it" that gives the impression that it's legal and that it is acceptable to make OpenFree.org in accessory to copyright violation. While I wish the law was different, untill it is I don't think it's fair to put Peter at risk.
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    How does someone's own post put the site admin at risk??

    Take DeCSS as an example. Unless you host the codes in itself, there is no one suing or shutting down any forums, mailing lists or sites which simple point to where you can get DeCSS code.

    Nonsense ....

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