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A question came to me which I don't know the legality of it.

Would it be deemed illegal for a site to have links to illegal* .torrent files? I mean the file itself is the the full file, it's just a tracker to say who has that file, or at least I think it does, if not then connects to something that does. But that aside, is it illegal to have the .torrent links on a site?

* illegal as in copyrighted stuff... games, movies, music etc.
 
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They are battleing this question out in the courts right now. You have heard of PirateBay and ISOHunt right? Right now there are legal battles going on between them and the RIAA and the MPAA.
 

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I know of ThePirateBay lawsuit, because they posted it on thier website (though somehow I don't believe that they are using the same language in their replies as they put down on the their site :D)

OK, well I guess it will depend on the tracker and how it works... any clues?
 
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Hello all,
I have mixed feelings on this matter. TSG has this at http://forums.techguy.org/faq.php?faq=vb_read_and_post#faq_faq_p2p
Don't ruffle feathers quite yet - I DO see and understand both sides. Why can't CD/RW and DVD/RW mfgs. simply add more charges to the purchases of these recordable medias and distribute the monies across the board (or at least the highest 'hitting' downloaded program, song, app, etc..)? They know what we are doing with it anyway..
Just sounding off on my soapbox as usual! :p
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Pistoff said:
They know what we are doing with it anyway..
Just sounding off on my soapbox as usual!
Not everyone is doing that.
Some of us make back ups...
I have 3d models, textures, old programs I wrote, pictures, home footage, etc. on writeable/RW disks.
Another great use is streamlined OS Install disks for XP.
I don't want to pay those Punks at Sony for My stuff, my creativity, they make plenty of money...
 

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Pistoff said:
Hello all,
I have mixed feelings on this matter. TSG has this at http://forums.techguy.org/faq.php?faq=vb_read_and_post#faq_faq_p2p...
I think that link needs to be re-worded because in the rules it says we can talk about it, just not giving help for it.

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Not everyone is doing that.
Some of us make back ups...
I have 3d models, textures, old programs I wrote, pictures, home footage, etc. on writeable/RW disks.
Another great use is streamlined OS Install disks for XP.
I don't want to pay those Punks at Sony for My stuff, my creativity, they make plenty of money...
Why would you be paying money to SONY? :confused:

As to the other stuff, that's fine, though I think Microsoft wouldn't be too happy to see their Windows XP on Bearshare / Torrent etc. slipstreamed or no. (I will need to check their T&Cs actually...)
 
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No Microsoft wouldn't be happy if I slipstreamed XP and started handing it out. Its great for me though. I can have a disk for my NForce 4 board, a disk for my 2500+ system, one for my P3 system, all with their legal keys already on the disk.

As for paying Sony, it was an example.
Pistoff said:
Why can't CD/RW and DVD/RW mfgs. simply add more charges to the purchases of these recordable medias and distribute the monies across the board
Like I said for my legal uses (Personal, legal uses) I don't want to pay extra money to companies like Sony, or anyother company who like to fight the legality battles every chance they get.
 

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wasnt piratebay raided by the FBI

lol, then piratebay users had a huge riot
 

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Would make sense... prehaps with custom player that only the file works on?
 
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Yeah, it could be sone. Each file could require some kind of activation.

I guess we just have to keep our ears open.
 

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