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  1. #1
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    Default Using Pirated Software

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Tx
    I had my laptop stolen from my truck at a truckstop in dallas while i was sleeping in the bunk by some drug addict types. luckily i wasnt injured and they didnt get my wallet or much money. the loss of the laptop was enough. i have changed all passwords and engaged an identity monitoring service, lifelock. the detective tells me they know who is doing it and they are building a case on the individual and plan on making an arrest. the where abouts of the laptop is anywhere, could have been sold to another trucker or to a drug dealer or a pawn shop. I see no evidence that it has been used to get on line or that my info has been tampered with.
    my question is that i had some pirated software on the laptop. a pirated software uses a small program that defeats the registration process of a software and allows the user to extend the trial, sometimes indefinitly. i dont sell that software nor and i am not a programmer. i suppose this is akin to downloading music with out paying for it. there are maybe 5 pirated progs on the laptop. if the laptop should turnup, could an officer start looking thru my hard drive and programs for anything and find the pirated copies and get on me about that. one could say that perhaps someone else put the software on the laptop. so should i be worried that this could come back at me?

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    how would he know you dont have a key code? ypu can pm me the title of the exe that you used to crack it. but dont you need a sperate .exe to crack each one? hopefully you didnt lable them "KEYCRACKER.EXE"

    PS they can tell when you cracked them IF they look that far. so dont think you can say they got put on there after the theft

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    yes, you need a sparate .exe. and i dont change the name on the file. and some are named something like keygen, so if someone is digging around in my computer they might see it.

    but i havent heard of much persecution of using pirated software. plus it was stolen in tx, i live in pa, and who knows where the laptop is now.

    i suppose the best answer might be it was for personal use only.

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    I've never heard of anybody being charged with software piracy under the circumstances you describe - not that it couldn't happen, but it seems unlikely. And you don't mention any dubious "dirty pictures", which is how most people in this type of situation end up facing charges, so I suspect you'll be fine.

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    no, no dirty pictures i can think of, especially not of me.
    just a few downloaded utube vids of a conspiricy nature, Et's (ufos etc. and planet x.
    I am probably just drinking too much coffee.

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    Your time would be better spent worrying about meteors crashing into you truck.

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    I think you will be okay. Most cops are not interested in that kind of stuff unless they receive a complaint to investigate from the Software Company. If that was to happen the Feds would most likely look in it. Since most Fed Agencies collaberate with local Law Enforcement, I wouldn't spend a whole lota time worrying about it.

    There efforts will be into making the case against the person(s) who are commiting the crimes against folks like yourself.

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    Default Re: Using Pirated Software

    "The Feds would look in on it"
    OMG ! Dont want that.

    yes, i place a call to the detectives' answering machine every couple days,, he seems to have bigger fish to fry. but he does say he is building a case against the guy and hopefully the fence that he sells all these stolen laptops to.

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