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  • I pirated VBulletin? Full disclosure?

    Well, after being a vbulletin owner for about 3 years now I was stunned and appaled that I recieved an email from my webhost saying he had recieved an email from a company in england claming I was in violation of the DMCA. Here is a copy of the email he recieved AND the contact companies email and information.


    On 27/1/05 7:49 PM, "Howard G Spinks" <licensing@vbulletin.com wrote:
    -----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE-----
    Hash: SHA1

    UNIVERSAL NOTIFICATION OF COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT DATED 27 January
    2005

    From: Pirate Reports, P O Box 36, EAST MOLESEY, Surrey, KT8 9XT
    Tel: 44 (0) 208 941 1843 Fax: 44 (0) 208 941 3689


    Greetings Abuse Team

    This site utilises unlicensed source code owned by my client and I
    request total removal including the GUI and files.

    NB: If at your own prerogative you offer your client an opportunity to
    remove the site themselves or purchase a license as opposed to your
    removal or suspension of service, please be aware that Jelsoft
    Enterprises Ltd. whilst happy to respect your goodwill gesture, in no
    way requests or requires such action from you and reserves the right
    to decline the license purchase and refund the fee. Copyright
    protection not revenue collection is our primary concern and
    motivation and some forum content if it damages others or breaks our
    AUP is not allowed.

    URL and/or IP address of identified source:
    http://www.hackingforums.com/

    DMCA Compliant ISP:

    In accordance with the provisions the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
    of 1998

    Please expeditiously "take down" or "block access" to the infringing
    material and take appropriate action against the customer to prevent
    future abuse.

    Non DMCA Compliant ISP:

    In accordance with your Acceptable Use Police please expeditiously
    remove or block access to the infringing materials and take
    appropriate action against the customer to prevent future abuse.

    Confirmation of your actions is appreciated so we may appraise out
    client.

    Declaration

    I, the undersigned, CERTIFY UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY that I am an
    agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner of certain intellectual
    property rights, said owners being named:

    Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Tagra, Birch Lane, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5
    8RF, ENGLAND

    I have a good faith belief that the items or materials listed below
    are not authorized by the above intellectual property owners, their
    agents, or the law and therefore infringe their rights.

    I further aver that the information contained in the Notice below is
    accurate.

    Software:
    vBulletin v3

    I may be contacted at:

    Howard G Spinks
    Snr. Investigator
    Pirate Reports
    PO Box 36
    EAST MOLESEY
    Surrey
    KT8 9XT
    ENGLAND
    Tel: 44 (0) 20 8941 1843
    Fax: 44 (0) 20 8941 3689
    Email: HowardS@piratereports.com
    MSN: Piratereports
    Yahoo: Piratereports
    AIM: Piratereports
    Skype: Piratereports
    ICQ: 281919627

    Truthfully,

    Howard G Spinks

    You may validate the PGP key here
    http://www.piratereports.com/contact.html

    Unless otherwise indicated, the information in this transmittal is
    CONFIDENTIAL and intended only for the recipient listed above. If you
    are not the addressee indicated in this message (or responsible for
    delivery of the message to such person), you may not copy or deliver
    this message to anyone. In such case, you should destroy this message
    and kindly notify the sender by reply mail.
    I would like to give a BIG **** YOU to vbulletin and their pirate team. I paid $160 last year to be able to run my software for as long as I wanted.. and not 3 days after it expired for updates I get an email saying I am violating DMCA?? **** YOU.

    I also left ALL the contact information for the company vbulletin uses for their pirateing team. Please feel free to give them a buzz.

    Vbulletin admins, I expect a FULL apology from both you AND your thugs over at Pirate Reports.
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