illegal askme January 27, 2007 4:42 PM   Subscribe

"I forgot to mention that what I'm doing is not illegal and oh, I'm just asking for a friend anyways." (But it IS illegal.)
posted by IndigoRain to Etiquette/Policy at 4:42 PM (45 comments total)

A. Very lame excuse

B. Making a copy and playing off the burned copy, when the original is installed on another computer, is the definition of piracy.
posted by IndigoRain at 4:43 PM on January 27, 2007


whatever
posted by rxrfrx at 4:55 PM on January 27, 2007


I'm sure it's legal somewhere.

Burundi, perhaps. Upper Volta, maybe.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 4:58 PM on January 27, 2007


Oh choke on a dick. It does not behoove you to hamhandedly attempt to protect the potential copyrights of unknown corporations from possible infringement by mostly anonymous persons on the internet.
posted by blasdelf at 5:05 PM on January 27, 2007 [10 favorites]


flag it and move on. sheesh
posted by bob sarabia at 5:16 PM on January 27, 2007


deleted, but lame, yeah.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 5:19 PM on January 27, 2007


lame, mostly because anyone who's not a total moron can google or ask "sneaker-net" and figure out a way to get what they want
posted by pyramid termite at 5:27 PM on January 27, 2007


Sneakernet?
posted by monju_bosatsu at 5:32 PM on January 27, 2007


I enjoy the existence of a comment that contains in itself the terms "behoove", "hamhandedly," and "choke on a dick."
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 5:33 PM on January 27, 2007 [3 favorites]


Yeah, languagehat would be proud.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:47 PM on January 27, 2007


But only if "hamhandedly" included the hyphen: "ham-handedly".

Otherwise he may just be irked.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:48 PM on January 27, 2007


I smell a supervillain coming on. Ham-hands!
posted by cortex at 5:50 PM on January 27, 2007


In fact: Ham-Hands in action! Pow! Zap! Dick choke!
posted by cortex at 6:03 PM on January 27, 2007 [5 favorites]


Oh Cortex!
posted by rxrfrx at 6:39 PM on January 27, 2007


Bah, -1 ... I can't see him choking a dick with hams for hands.
posted by SpecialK at 6:51 PM on January 27, 2007


B. Making a copy and playing off the burned copy, when the original is installed on another computer, is the definition of piracy.

I thought "Piracy" meant robbery on the high seas.
posted by delmoi at 6:52 PM on January 27, 2007


I thought "Piracy" meant robbery rum, sodomy and the lash on the high seas.

Fixed that for you.
posted by loquacious at 6:57 PM on January 27, 2007


1. the act of robbery or hijacking for private means in a jurisdiction outside the authority of the state.
2. the unauthorized use or reproduction of copyrighted and/or patented material.
3. the operation of unlicensed or illegal broadcast media.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 6:57 PM on January 27, 2007


I like how Malor says: "Nobody is going to tell you how to pirate software here"...

... and then somebody tells him how to pirate software here.
posted by Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese at 7:23 PM on January 27, 2007


I thought "Piracy" meant being a charming rogue who likes to swing from things and ride knives down sails.
posted by brundlefly at 7:27 PM on January 27, 2007


I thought "Piracy" meant robbery on the high seas.

Well, it certainly begs the question.
posted by cribcage at 7:46 PM on January 27, 2007


Beggars beg, question beggars just go around in circles, but this topic, well it is just theft.
posted by caddis at 9:10 PM on January 27, 2007 [1 favorite]


"The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy, and the lash."

Not uttered by Winston Churchill—though apparently he kinda wished he had. Uttered it, that is. No idea how he felt about sodomy and the lash. Or charming rogues wearing lots of eyeliner swinging from and riding down things while making unauthorized copies of software. It's a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.
posted by vetiver at 9:25 PM on January 27, 2007


...all wrapped inside a delicious taco made from a pirated recipe. And so the circle of life is complete.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 9:46 PM on January 27, 2007


And so the circle of life is complete…

…with hams for hands and it's dick in your trachea, causing you to question whether it behooves you to bite.
posted by blasdelf at 1:13 AM on January 28, 2007


vetiver: "The only traditions of the Royal Navy are rum, sodomy, and the lash."

Or as the old naval saying puts it:
"Ashore it's wine, women and song, but afloat it's rum, bum and concertina."
posted by PeterMcDermott at 1:18 AM on January 28, 2007


Kraftmatic Adjustable Cheese : "I like how Malor says: 'Nobody is going to tell you how to pirate software here'...

... and then somebody tells him how to pirate software here."


That was my favorite part of the thread as well. Neither comment deserved a favourite, but the pairing of the two did.
posted by Bugbread at 5:06 AM on January 28, 2007


Making a copy and playing off the burned copy, when the original is installed on another computer, is the definition of piracy.

Only if it's not your computer that the initial game was installed on. Oh yeah. Forgot about that one, didn't you?
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 7:09 AM on January 28, 2007


Yeah, languagehat would be proud.

And indeed I was.

But only if "hamhandedly" included the hyphen: "ham-handedly".


Well done, sir! (Though I would not have used the British placement of the period, mind you.)

Otherwise he may just be irked.


Aargh... might be irked! Might!! You wanna see irked?
*blasts away with shotgun*
posted by languagehat at 7:12 AM on January 28, 2007


I like how Malor says: "Nobody is going to tell you how to pirate software here"...

... and then somebody tells him how to pirate software here.


I am reminded, once again, that speaking for others is a particularly bad idea on MeFi. :)
posted by Malor at 9:06 AM on January 28, 2007


Damn, now I regret giving LH a shotgun for Christmas! I thought it would allow him an alternate letting-off-steam route, and quell his need for jackassness in the threads. How wrong I was! It seems to have just multiplied the cranky geezeredness, and made him more fearless in his crotchedyosity!

(OK, let's see how many of them there made-up, but sensicle, words piss him off!)
posted by The Deej at 9:26 AM on January 28, 2007


"Aargh... might be irked! Might!!"

I actually changed that several times from "might" to "may" and back because I couldn't decide which was right.

I blame early-onset Alzheimer's.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 9:30 AM on January 28, 2007


That's just the poop jokes talking.
posted by cortex at 9:31 AM on January 28, 2007


I actually changed that several times from "might" to "may" and back because I couldn't decide which was right.

So you we all know. In any thread in which LH is likely to show up (ok, any thread) just leave a blank or multiple choice where you are unsure.
posted by The Deej at 9:40 AM on January 28, 2007


... and then somebody tells him how to pirate software here.

Did I tell him HOW to pirate software? If I told you how mp3 ripping and compression works, am I teaching you to pirate music?

I told him how CD Keys work. I even pointed out where it might not work. I didn't point him toward any specific tools or provide any links. His question boiled down to "how do I install something on two machines?" And really, my answer boiled down to "go ahead and try it; I bet it will work."

If that's offsides, mea culpa.
posted by frogan at 10:45 AM on January 28, 2007


How wrong I was! It seems to have just multiplied the cranky geezeredness, and made him more fearless in his crotchedyosity!

Damn right! Yee-hah!

let's see how many of them there made-up, but sensicle, words piss him off!


No, no, I love made-up words. And I love the shotgun! I can't thank you enough for this baby!

*fires celebratory shot in air*
posted by languagehat at 12:10 PM on January 28, 2007


Only if it's not your computer that the initial game was installed on. Oh yeah. Forgot about that one, didn't you?

Game licenses generally are for ONE machine, regardless of who owns it. If there's a licensing server involved, it doesn't care who owns the machines, it's going to disable the second copy. By your logic, a mega-corporation could buy 1 copy of MS Office and install it on all of their PC's.

If you're going to be snide, at least be correct.
posted by mkultra at 3:03 PM on January 28, 2007


I'd offer to have cortex's babies, but I'm pretty sure mrs. cortex would object. So I'll just say, "Well done, sir!"
posted by deborah at 7:26 PM on January 28, 2007


Game licenses generally are for ONE machine, regardless of who owns it.

Might that fall under fair use, though, if you own two machines? Similar to buying the CD and then burning it to your machine for easier listening pleasure. Many games are downloadable "for those having scratched originals" of the disks, as well. (IAAL, BNAIPL)
posted by dreamsign at 1:36 AM on January 29, 2007


::: receives celebratory shot at terminal velocity in the head :::

That's the thanks I get.
posted by The Deej at 6:49 AM on January 29, 2007


Might that fall under fair use, though, if you own two machines? Similar to buying the CD and then burning it to your machine for easier listening pleasure.

I've seen some companies explicitly say that something like this is OK if "you're not playing it at the same time on both machines". I've also seen games that let you install the multi-player component on multiple machines (Marathon, maybe?), but you didn't need the CD on those installations.

Any copy protection that relies on remote authorization (basically, any multiplayer game) won't allow this kind of thing- to them, 2 machines in one household look the same as 2 machines in different households.
posted by mkultra at 7:09 AM on January 29, 2007


Oh, but my point in the first paragraph is that most EULAs explicitly state that the license is only valid for one machine.
posted by mkultra at 7:11 AM on January 29, 2007


::: receives celebratory shot at terminal velocity in the head :::

Now you can join MetaFilter's respected and influential zombie community! Apply to Astro Zombie for an ID card and tips on sucking the blood of n00bs.
posted by languagehat at 7:30 AM on January 29, 2007


So who do I see about being one of the brain-eating zombies? Astro Zombie 3?
posted by The Deej at 4:28 PM on January 29, 2007


Well, I was going to recommend AZ 2, but now that I think about it he'd almost certainly just send you to AZ 3, so yeah, that's probably the best idea. Just... don't get too close.
posted by languagehat at 5:01 PM on January 29, 2007


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