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(CD) Pirates Take to the Ocean

CmdrTaco posted about 12 years ago | from the you-can't-make-this-stuff-up dept.

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rammstein_rulz writes "www.cdfreaks.com reports that asian CD pirates now produce thousands of pirated VCD's on anchored ships in international waters to avoid getting caught. Malaysian marine police have been asked to be on the lookout for pirate ships"

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Amazing (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396540)

but true... why is it that we must have this system which encourages FPs? It is a weird meme but something that exists

FP (-1, Offtopic)

DrunkPuppy (536531) | about 12 years ago | (#4396541)

First time first post. How lame.

you lose (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396574)

or, as you would probably spell it, U loose

Arrrr (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396542)

It's driving me nuts.

+1 funny (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396579)

This is the punchline to one of the funniest jokes around.

Arr!

WHAT ELSE DO YOU EXPECT FROM GOOKS? FUCK ---^_^ (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396543)

I wanna say it first... (3, Funny)

GeekyMike (575177) | about 12 years ago | (#4396544)

ARRR... hoist the jolly roger and walk the plank

first post (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396546)

[cx]

1p (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396547)

nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice nice http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/linux- 2.4.19.tar.gzhttp://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kerne l/v2.4/linux-2.4.19.tar.gz

International Waters (3, Interesting)

kila_m (548924) | about 12 years ago | (#4396548)

If they are in international waters.. what are the legal implications ? Whos Jurisdiction etc .. would they come under ?

Re:International Waters (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396561)

The RIAA's. Just wait for them to start issuing letters of marquee.

Re:International Waters (1)

MaxVlast (103795) | about 12 years ago | (#4396709)

Marque. But kudos for knowing the word!

I'm just glad to finally see the convergence of software and floating piracy. I, for one, will proudly say 'arr' every time I use a bit of pirated software. (On my friend's computer, that is!)

Arrrrr!

Funny, but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396765)

It went way, way, way, over the boys heads here.

Re:International Waters (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 12 years ago | (#4396563)

I think the problem will be selling/distributing (under some national land and laws) not making

Re:International Waters (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396587)

Why do I get the feeling that the USA will take this "burden" upon its self.

Re:International Waters (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396592)

Actually, very few laws exist in international waters. That's why whaling and such is legal when boats get far enough out. Some countries have laws covering what you can and can't do as a citizen even outside of the country, but to my knowledge it's perfectly legal to sink a ship if it's attempting to commit piracy or other theft of goods.

I think I heard something about the Malaysians, with the support of some movie companies, planning to launch a few 'enforcer' vessels to this effect.

International Waters == Anarchy? (2)

Gerry Gleason (609985) | about 12 years ago | (#4396738)

It gets pretty weird, doesn't it. What's to stop the RIAA from influencing the USG to send ships to sink or confescate the vessels? You'd probably be safer in the territorial waters of a state that won't enforce. They would certainly raise a diplomatic stink if another country came to enforce without permission.

Just another stake in the heart of "the architecture of control". I'm not about to support this sort of thing either in principle or through buying pirated CDs, but it does demonstrate the weakness of the RIAA position. If you treat your customers with respect, they won't disapoint you. Let those who won't pay even what it is worth to them worry about their own karma.

Re:International Waters (5, Informative)

Zeinfeld (263942) | about 12 years ago | (#4396780)

Actually, very few laws exist in international waters. That's why whaling and such is legal when boats get far enough out. Some countries have laws covering what you can and can't do as a citizen even outside of the country, but to my knowledge it's perfectly legal to sink a ship if it's attempting to commit piracy or other theft of goods.

Wrong, the law of the sea is probably the most extensively litigated aspect of international law. International law was originally invented to cover the sea. The London Times reports on maritime law cases all the time.

The basic principle is that every ship is registered in a national shipping registry and is subject to the laws of that country. So if a ship is registered in Panama the laws of Panama apply.

A ship that does not have a registration is subject to the laws of any nation that cares to enforce them. An unregistered ship is likely to be seized each time it calls at a port.

It would not be legal for a merchant ship to attack another for any reason other than self defense. However a coastguard or navy vessel can do so.

One wonders if the story is a spoof since being at sea does nothing to improve the legal situation and the mechanics of producing CDs on board a ship do not sound promissing, I doubt that CD pressing plants are designed to be used on ship.

Re:International Waters (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396642)

I believe that a vessel in internation waters is subject to the laws of its flag country -- the country in which the vessel is registered.

Freedonia (3, Funny)

yerricde (125198) | about 12 years ago | (#4396744)

I believe that a vessel in internation waters is subject to the laws of its flag country -- the country in which the vessel is registered.

Then register pirate ships in Freedonia, whose flag (called "Jolly Roger") is a white skull and crossbones on a black field.

Legality ? (3, Interesting)

Taco Cowboy (5327) | about 12 years ago | (#4396649)



Even when they're NOT in international waters, the so-called "legality" is just as blurred.

What's "piracy" anyway ?

If RIAA wants to charge people an arm and a leg for trying out songs, and themselves (the RIAA) are known to NOT PAYING THE ROYALTIES to the artists, who's the REAL "pirate" ?

What the so-called "CD-pirates" are doing is just this - they are doing one thing that got the MPAA, RIAA, BSA and whatever hopping mad, as mad as what the DCMA is doing to many of us.

I am NOT saying what the "CD-pirates" are doing is right, but just that, the enemy of my enemy is my friend.

Period.

Enemies of Your Friend Are Now Your Enemies (5, Insightful)

reallocate (142797) | about 12 years ago | (#4396694)

This is an example of an unreasoned, apocalyptic extremism that plays into the hands of the forces the poster so adamantly attacks.

Playing word games with "piracy" is pointless. Producing unauthorized duplicates of commercial products is known as counterfeiting. Most countries have laws prohibiting the creation and distribution of counterfeit goods. It's as illegal to market a counterfeit CD of the current flavor-of-the-week pop band as it is to sell fake Rolex watches.

By glibly saying "the enemy of my enemy is my friend", all you've done is made more enemies: You have aligned yourself with counterfeiters, a tactic unlikely to draw support from the mainstream public.

The enemies of your new friend are now your enemies.

Re:Enemies of Your Friend Are Now Your Enemies (1)

shadowbearer (554144) | about 12 years ago | (#4396722)

"Producing unauthorized duplicates of commercial products is known as counterfeiting"

and forcing prices to be artificially high is known as "Price Fixing".

SB

Re:Enemies of Your Friend Are Now Your Enemies (5, Insightful)

reallocate (142797) | about 12 years ago | (#4396768)

>> ...forcing prices to be artificially high is known as "Price Fixing.

So what? Pointing to high CD prices won't legalize counterfeiting.

This debate is not about the ability of college students to buy and copy music and movies as they see fit. The debate is about changing U.S. copyright law to ensure the interests of the public are addressed, rather than skewed in the interests of corporations with a lock on music distribution.

If you seriously want to change the status quo, get to work. Otherwise, understand that unthinking assertions do more harm than good.

Power (2)

swb (14022) | about 12 years ago | (#4396788)

If they are in international waters.. what are the legal implications ? Whos Jurisdiction etc .. would they come under ?

There are no legal implications, only political considerations.

They come under the jurisdiction of anyone with enough firepower and will to enforce their own sense of jurisdiction.

Well duh! (5, Funny)

Pizaz (594643) | about 12 years ago | (#4396551)

Where else did you expect to find pirates?

Re:Well duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396605)

Submarines of course

Re:Well duh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396714)

No, those are butt pirates.

crazy (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396554)

and here I am making jokes like "Arrrr! Avast ye, software pirates!"

Arrggghh! (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396555)

Ye best not be a stowaway aboard me pirate ship yest you be walking the PLANK!

Just look for the parrots (4, Informative)

Ravenn (580407) | about 12 years ago | (#4396559)

I wondered how long something like this would take.

There's always a way around a law. This is just forcing a resurgance of older methods.

Re:Just look for the parrots (1)

Subcarrier (262294) | about 12 years ago | (#4396657)

Thanks, I will.

I wonder if they would sell me a parrot that sings and walks like Michael Jackson.

literally.. (1)

minus_273 (174041) | about 12 years ago | (#4396562)

they are pirtes now.. given the nature of the seas in south eath asia.. i wouldnt be surprised.
the incidents of piracy on the high seas was already ridicilus before.. i wounder what the stats will look like after this ;)

Piracy on the high seas? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396564)

England certainly still has the death penalty for this (along with treason and one other I cannot remember).. does this mean we are going to start seeing people hang again? ;)

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (3, Interesting)

ColdGrits (204506) | about 12 years ago | (#4396600)

Off topic I know, but the third crime for which the UK (not just England, please note) has the death penalty is "arson in a naval dockyard".

Mind you, the thought of software pirates swinging from the gallows is an interesting image! Althogh I think hanging Spammers would be more likely to meet with universal support :-)

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396653)

On 27 January 1999, the UK Home Secretary (The Labour MP Jack Straw) signed the 6th protocol of the European Convention of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This move formally abolishes the death penalty in the UK.

Fool. Stop regurgitating this silly rumour

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1)

ColdGrits (204506) | about 12 years ago | (#4396667)

Actually, no it doesn't, because it has yet to be proven to be legally binding.

Please check YOUR facts!

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1)

MaxVlast (103795) | about 12 years ago | (#4396719)

Keep whistling that tune until you're keelhauled and your copies of Photoshop and Windows XP are thrown over the gunwales.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1, Insightful)

Krapangor (533950) | about 12 years ago | (#4396628)

Nonsense. There is no death penalty in any state of the European Union. We are civilized people here. That's a reason why the US can't join the European Union.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1)

thesadmac (599744) | about 12 years ago | (#4396659)

I was under the impression that treason was still a crime pusnishable by death in England. I'd never heard the dockyard one before though.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396662)

When the death penalty was abolished in December 1969, this was only for murder, the death penalty still remained in force on the statute book for 3 offences, Treason, Piracy and Burning Down the Royal Dock Yards, though the last execution for these particular offences was in 1942 for Treason and resulted in the execution of a soldier.

On 27 January 1999, the UK Home Secretary (The Labour MP Jack Straw) signed the 6th protocol of the European Convention of Human Rights in Strasbourg. This move formally abolishes the death penalty in the UK.

CHECK YOUR FACTS!!!!

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1)

thesadmac (599744) | about 12 years ago | (#4396670)

Well that's why I said "I was under the impression", rather than "this is the case".

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396680)

That's a reason why the US can't join the European Union.

That and a slight geographical inconvenience.

Why not USA : EU :: Russia : NATO? (2, Interesting)

yerricde (125198) | about 12 years ago | (#4396733)

a slight geographical inconvenience [prohibits the USA from joining the EU]

Even if all EU members must claim territory that geographically belongs to Europe, then why not "admit" the USA to the EU in much the same manner as Russia has been "admitted" to NATO?

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396685)

The web has this to say about it: "When the death penalty was abolished in December 1969, this was only for murder, the death penalty still remained in force on the statute book for 3 offences, Treason, Piracy and Burning Down the Royal Dock Yards, though the last execution for these particular offences was in 1942 for Treason and resulted in the execution of a soldier. But later, goes on to say (?) "In practice the death penalty was suspended for all crimes in 1969, but formally the death penalty came to an end in the 1990,s after much discussion within the Home Office and with the UK being a member of the EU, this brought the Death Penalty to a final end. " So what's the real story? (source http://www.policestop.org.uk/death_penalty.html)

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396704)

nevermind that its not in europe you dolt.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396706)

That's a reason why the US can't join the European Union.

Well, that, and they're not part of Europe.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (0)

Yonder Way (603108) | about 12 years ago | (#4396711)

You say that as if the U.S. would want to join the EU for some reason.

The EU is a political case of Penis Envy, in which the member states of the EU wish to have an economy on the scale of the US but I'm afraid you quite missed out on many of the things that make us a great nation.

Re:Piracy on the high seas? (5, Funny)

benwb (96829) | about 12 years ago | (#4396753)

The us has about as much chance of agreeing to join the european union as france has of seceding from europe and becoming the 51st state.

Time For Revolution (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396565)

Can you see that it's time for revolution? REAL revolution - the overthrow of the corporate regime that is raping and opressing the world.

Get rid of this government system that is owned by corporate billionaires.

Get rid of the top down hierachies that rule all industry and work places. Equal say for all!

i say aaaar ! all the time but I aint a pirate (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396566)

people like this sound, especially the one who has cooked the great dinner. why is it associated with pirates, can anyone tell.
and where can i get my hands on those malaysian cd's.

aaar!

Re:i say aaaar ! all the time but I aint a pirate (1)

chamenos (541447) | about 12 years ago | (#4396681)

you can only get your hands on them if you're in the vincinity.....like in thailand, indonesia, singapore, etc. your best bet is still warez if you're not living in any of the above :)

ARRRRRRRR, matie!! (1)

spoonist (32012) | about 12 years ago | (#4396567)

Arrrr... Shiver me CD burners!

Re:ARRRRRRRR, matie!! (2, Funny)

handsomepete (561396) | about 12 years ago | (#4396591)

ArrrrMS says information *wants* to be free!

Re:ARRRRRRRR, matie!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396760)

Arrrr, ArrrMS is a blowhard, matie!

I'd rather be listenin' to ESArrrrr!

He be makin' some sense wit his cathedral and the bazaaaaaaaaarr!

(Help me. I can't stop saying 'arr'. Damn you, Admiral Taco, damn you to hell!)

Who to blame? (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about 12 years ago | (#4396568)

Years calling them "software pirates", in some moment they will be confused enough to need to be real pirates after all.

What caused this? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396570)

What kind of fucked up system do we have that forces distributors of a product to have to leave their own country for international waters just to perform their business?

At some point we've got to say "Enough's enough!" with all this regulation of music and words and ideas.

Re:What caused this? (1)

thesadmac (599744) | about 12 years ago | (#4396665)

So if a bunch of guys were say, printing money and giving it out for a reduced cost, they should be allowed to get along with it inside the country instead of it being illegal? Instead of the poor sods having to hide away. Yeah, I see your point.

Yeah, because singing is just like money (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396686)

Maybe you think that a song can be "owned" like a fork or a towel? I am certainly not stealing when I sing in the shower, no matter how close my voice sounds to Mariah Carey's (I'm a Unix-loving eunuch). To even compare counterfeiting with the reproduction of music says a lot more about what kind of things you consider naturally right.

Re:Yeah, because singing is just like money (4, Funny)

MaxVlast (103795) | about 12 years ago | (#4396724)

I don't know about you, but I get my towels from a towel licensing firm. I'm only allowed to use them for a restricted set of purposes, but I get the benefit of regular maintenance updates and, um, patches.

Cheaper by the million (5, Interesting)

mangu (126918) | about 12 years ago | (#4396576)

Why bother with small scale copying at all? Instead of trying to impose non-working copy-protection on consumer hardware, the media industry should focus on large scale copying.


If I was trying to make money in IP violations, this is how I would do it:

1) Forge documents from media companies, ordering large batches of CDs and DVDs from established manufacturers.

2) Sell those records to wholesalers, which might or might not be aware of the scam.

3) Profit

ITYM (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396594)

1) Forge documents from media companies, ordering large batches of CDs and DVDs from established manufacturers.

2) ????

3) Profit

Why use a boat.. (3, Insightful)

Perdo (151843) | about 12 years ago | (#4396582)

When you can do the same thing at your desk?

Someone tell those guys not to take the term "Pirate" litterally.

"Suck Emma, suck. 'Blow' is just a figure of speech!"

good grief (1)

Em Emalb (452530) | about 12 years ago | (#4396585)

Heh, I guess pirate was correct after all.

If there is money to be made, crooks will invent new ways to make it.

Shiver me timbers, mates! Need two million copies of Brittany Spears today, or there will be no rum for you, scallywags!

Pirates on a ship (1, Funny)

Imois (596511) | about 12 years ago | (#4396588)

How appropriate!

But... (2)

tsa (15680) | about 12 years ago | (#4396595)

I always learnt that on a ship the laws of the country the ship sails under apply. If that's true what's the problem?

Re:But... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396673)

Anything can float in international waters. It doesn't need to be registered or have a flag.

Maybe they should start a pirate radio station (1)

Goonie (8651) | about 12 years ago | (#4396599)

to advertise their pirate CD operation.

I have a 45 of "Knights of the Black Forest" if anyone needs one .... ;)

Instant Karma to anyone who gets the reference

Re:Maybe they should start a pirate radio station (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396658)

I think it was "a walk through the black forest"

Nice reference btw, I had already thought of it :)

Next up, pirate post office services!

What I found to be funny... (3, Interesting)

Travoltus (110240) | about 12 years ago | (#4396602)

...was that the page with the news article featured links right to where you could purchase the CD ROMs and RW's, plus the software to burn the CDs.
Which basically means anyone can just follow the provided links to buy all the sh-t (except the boat) that will enable them to jump right into the offshore piracy business!

Re:What I found to be funny... (2, Funny)

Nick Harkin (589728) | about 12 years ago | (#4396683)

Well, if you want to spend lots of time moored out in the sea, running your computer off a battery or generator, at threat from real pirates and so forth, be my guest.

Count me out tho. :)

Re:What I found to be funny... (5, Funny)

MaxVlast (103795) | about 12 years ago | (#4396726)

There's the real humor: What are the chances these guys will be gotten by real pirates? It's still a big problem in the southern Asian seas. "Arrrr, gimme all yer CD-Rs." "Aye matie, but we'rrrrre pirates too." "No ye arrrrrn't, yerrrrr just geeks. Well tanned geeks. Arrrrr."

Re:What I found to be funny... (5, Interesting)

Flounder (42112) | about 12 years ago | (#4396728)

I worked for a Pirate radio station in Tijuana a few years ago. Technically, they weren't illegal, they just had their station and transmitter about 150yds from the border in San Diego and blasted about 75,000 watts.

They had a "subsidiary" that was stationed on a old oil drilling ship, that sat moored off outside in international waters off the coast of NYC, and broadcast at 60,000 watts. People there would work and live on the ship, only going ashore about once a month for supplies.

Legal status of this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396603)

Is this actually illegal? I assume it is...

Solar Power? (1)

remax (22762) | about 12 years ago | (#4396604)

Generators? Somehow I don't think so.... unless they turn out a LOT of coasters!

Re:Solar Power? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396770)

How the heck do you think the navy's of the world operate electronics at sea? It isn't that difficult - it just costs a boatload (literally!)

The only problem I see would be duplicating in rough water. Power is not an issue.

why? (2)

Raven42rac (448205) | about 12 years ago | (#4396608)

sounds pretty gimmicky to me, these people barely ever get caught, now they are just bringing attention to themselves by practicing their craft in a well....watercraft. sounds pretty brazen to me, like they almost want to get caught. it is as if they are so bored that they just need to do something new.

Re:why? (1)

chamenos (541447) | about 12 years ago | (#4396675)

malaysia along with many other south-east asian countries have been clamping down on the software pirates lately, and this has been pretty well publicized. i don't think they went through the trouble to shift their operations to offshore ships just for the fun of it.

Re:why? (1)

Nick Harkin (589728) | about 12 years ago | (#4396690)

maybe their reasoning is that they won't get caught, if they can exploit this loophole until it is closed, then just find a new one instead....

obligatory simpsons quote (5, Funny)

travdaddy (527149) | about 12 years ago | (#4396609)

Wonder if they might get attacked by REAL pirates. If they do, I think it would go something like this Simpsons episode:

Bart: [through a bullhorn] Hey, Coast Guard! Try to stop us now, you lousy Americans.
Coast Guard: [through a loudspeaker] We can't hear you! Come three hundred feet closer!
Bart: Nice try. You're not going to nail us.
LATER:
Homer: Help! Pirates!
Coast Guard: Navy SEALs are on the way.
Homer: Oh, bless you.
Coast Guard: How about a tactical nuclear strike?
Homer: Oh, that would be just ... [realizes] oh, you're just yanking my chain, aren't you?
Coast Guard: Perhaps this foghorn will answer your question. [foghorn makes the "mwah-mwaaaah" sound]

Well its obvious. (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396622)

Sink the damn ship

Avast! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396749)

Ye scaliwag!

We be havin' th'finest cannon! Arr! Plundaaared 'em off a spanish galleon, we did!

Arr.

What do you mean, 'nuclear submarine'?

Arr. To Davey Jones' locker I go.

Just Slows it down (2, Interesting)

HerrGlock (141750) | about 12 years ago | (#4396623)

Chances are that they have to mail the disks from somewhere other than their ships. This is where the local laws will come into effect. They will have to find a place that bulk copied copyrighted material is not illegal to mail it from. Then, they will be breaking the laws of where they are mailing it TO.

All in all, this only slows down the process of stomping on them, does not stop it.

We'll see.
DanH

Re:Just Slows it down (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396651)

No kidding. The whole idea is stupid. What's the advantage of using an off-shore site for doing the copying? Do they get busted while copying all the time or something?

They will still be distributing/selling illegal material on-shore.

In fact, it might be even easier to catch them because all ships are subject to search.

This just doesn't make any sense.

It doesn't work! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396629)

cd pirates
bash: cd: pirates: No such file or directory

These guys sound really scary... (2, Funny)

da cog (531643) | about 12 years ago | (#4396634)

I mean, how would you feel if some band of blood-thirsty criminals commandeered your ship, killed most of the men, raped all the women, and then told you,

"Arr! Give us your video CDs, or you'll be walkin the plank!"

The thought certainly sends shivers down my timbers!

Software pirates (3, Funny)

Hi_2k (567317) | about 12 years ago | (#4396640)

Now that we have software pirates outside of malaysia (not that it matters wether their out or inside malaysia, its too easy to get pirated material there anyway), we need to call in the one person who can defeat them. GUYBRUSH THREEPWOOD!!! make sure he has Card feeding him insults.

Re:Software pirates (1, Funny)

Wiz (6870) | about 12 years ago | (#4396750)

He'll need to insult them of course!

En garde! Touché! / Oh, that is so cliché!

From the Curse Of Monkey Island of course!

So (1)

AX.25 (310140) | about 12 years ago | (#4396643)

Are they using "pirate" software to keep track of their inventory? (see sig)

Piracy (3, Insightful)

Nick Harkin (589728) | about 12 years ago | (#4396678)

Its a shame software 'pirates' are referred to as such.

real piracy, is as most people know, a horrible crime, which involves finding a ship, stuck a long way from anywhere, and attacking it, usually killing or imprisioning the helpless crew.
It will result in huge losses of life and stock.

Nothing like the 'piracy' most people associate nowadays, such as music and software.
Its a shame they associated such as white collar crime, with such as dark and horrible one. :(

Hilarious (5, Interesting)

ffatTony (63354) | about 12 years ago | (#4396684)

Police in Penang last week launched "Operation Green Ribbon" to nab peddlers of illegal CDs and VCDs and Mazlan said they had already arrested four retailers and seized over 1,000 pirated copies.

I went to Penang just recently and there were literally multi-floor malls selling professional copies of Oracle for $20, dvds for $2-5 (based upon quality), Adobe products, MS products, etc. It was so vast it was staggering. One guy took a duffel bag overflowing with dvds/software back with us.

Basically what I'm getting at is if they've only found 1000 pirated copies, then they are either totally inept or not trying very hard.

Re:Hilarious (3, Funny)

merky1 (83978) | about 12 years ago | (#4396721)

They only nabbed those four because they were late on there "insurance" payments...

Re:Hilarious (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396734)

remember, this is the same as any "war". They are going to find a limited amount of anything (ie. drugs).

"Some guy wen down to X and bought 200 pounds of pot."

Newsflash: "Medicinal marijuana grower busted with 16 plants. An estimated 10oz's was taken of the streets. This marijuana would have gotten to a bunch of disabled people and AIDS patients. Glad that we saved the planet from these assholes!"

And all together now... (1)

Atsjoo (598926) | about 12 years ago | (#4396687)

A pirate I was meant to beeee Trim the sails and roam the C... D...

piracy (1)

karouser (121435) | about 12 years ago | (#4396689)

Well it's time to get out the guns and cutlasses and ....., no, realy I think that if as much effort was put into fixing the problem then there would be no problem. WELL MISter CHRIStian off the 'foresail, clear the poop deck, and make way for proffits.

some comment on /. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396703)

"No, pirates used to board ships and (without any violence) make copies of any original manuscripts they found aboard, then sail off with their booty to the nearest printing press to sell copies in every port. The sea-bound authors, realizing they wouldn't have exclusive access to their works any more, would then kill themselves. Pirates killing people is a just a myth"

Found it in my quotes file, accidentally lost the poster name. Sorry.

Picking Battles (1)

gorjusborg (603799) | about 12 years ago | (#4396727)

This is just one way to try to circumvent 'authorities' from interfering with piracy. There are undoubtedly many, many more, most have probably not been thought of yet, due to the lack of necessity. But, doesn't it seem that the the groups that are making such a big deal about piracy are spreading themselves too thin? The fact that they are chasing down individual users (see RAII v. Verizon) along with the big-time pirates just means that they cannot really concentrate on either. It seems to me that trying to stop the individual user and the pirate only means they will fail (in general) at doing either. (Of course, going after the individual user is most likely a scare tactic to stop the faint of heart users from copying.)

And I thought I'd be original... (1, Redundant)

Flounder (42112) | about 12 years ago | (#4396735)

with some lame "Arrrr, mateys. Ye shall be giving us your booty of blank CD-Rs."

Be original, or be different. It doesn't matter.

Yo ho ho.. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396745)

We got fifteen discs on a dead exec's chest..
Yo ho ho and a bottle o' cap'n.

Arr, ye scaliwags. Be handin' over yer wenches and yer discs, or we'll be sendin ye to Laaaaars Ulrich's locker.

Hilary Rosen?

Arrr. Ye can keep harrrr. We said wenches!

Now I have another excuse to talk like a pirate. Bless you, you ingenious content thieves, bless you.

But damn the media. Now I won't be able to release Pirate Linux without people being afraid to use it.

And I was going to make everything display in pirate speech. :(

"Shiver me timbers! Yarr kernel has been keel hauled!"

In other news.. (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 12 years ago | (#4396782)

Hilary Rosen declared today that the RIAA would be offering letters of marque to aid in the hunting down and destruction of the Content Pirates of the South Pacific.

When interviewed, Rosen stated, "We will not stand for this! The Crown will pay a thousand marks to any who bring in the heads of these scourges of the entertainment industry!"

Several daring captains of the IT industry have joined forces with the RIAA, becoming privateers. However, not all recording artists agree with the actions of the RIAA.

"I was there for the announcement. This one guy, he came up to me and said, "Arr, don't be worrying matey, I'll be sinkin' those music pirates! And then he pulled a flintlock on me and stole my watch!", said Lars Ulrich.

The pirates in question could not be reached for comment.
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