Weekend Open Forum: What's the first thing you remember pirating online?

By Jos
Nov 13, 2015
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  1. Online piracy isn’t going away anytime soon but legal access to media and other digital content has come a long way since the early days of Napster. So while we may have moved past the sometimes cumbersome process of illegaly finding tracks and downloading movies, in favor of a free or paid subscription service, let’s be honest -- we’ve all done our fair share of piracy at some point.

    In this week’s open forum we want to ask: What’s the first thing you remember pirating online? Mine is an mp3 of Chumbawamba’s Tubthumping. It was an eye opener -- not the song but the notion of downloading songs for free.

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  2. Panda218

    Panda218 TS Addict Posts: 273   +99

    I also downloaded an MP3. It was BLINK 182's Carousel.
    Jos likes this.
  3. Satish Mallya

    Satish Mallya TS Addict Posts: 124   +92

    Nice try, MPAA!
    Fabio Turati, Uvindu, noel24 and 5 others like this.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,171

    Impressive. If only the question had been asked immediately after I rolled out of bed this morning.
  5. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,158   +599

    OUCH! *IF* you've pirated software (aka stolen without paying for it, and I hope NO ONE here has), then I would pray your bright enough not to wash your dirty laundry in public.

    Sorry man, but the concept offends me as a professional program. Take it or leave it (n)
    valentyn0 and ikesmasher like this.
  6. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,084   +331

    Well the first thing I remember copying was dos games on floppy disc.

    For things after the internet came around would be Napster and Mp3's I was all over that before the bandwagon started, and was off it before it got shutdown.
    rpjkw11 and psycros like this.
  7. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,531   +836

    Please dont actually post that here. Not the greatest idea.
  8. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 702   +165

    I remember my friends and I would use a burned Quake III Arena CD back in middle school to install it to the computer lab machines. That's pretty much it, and it was well over 10 years go.
  9. Amigosdefox

    Amigosdefox TS Booster Posts: 99   +10

    Chef's Chocolate Salty Balls. Took around 30 minutes to download on a 56kbps modem.
  10. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    I won't say what it was (just because it was an embarassing song), but I do remember before even Napster you could visit a regular webpage and download mp3s like they were regular docs. There wasn't even any hiding them or using separate software.

    --of course, it took 30 mins per song on our modems back then, so it's not like there was a ton of trading going on.
    Jos likes this.
  11. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Booster Posts: 120   +22

    Not exactly sure if it's pirating but Grateful Dead songs in .wav format recorded from tapes using MIRC. I say not exactly pirating because at the time the band never had a problem with you recording during their concerts. Not really sure how that all worked. I just know it would take the better part of a day for one song. lol
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,171

    I advocate following the law where it is rationally consistent to do so. I also believe in try before you buy.
    Lionvibez, rpjkw11, Panda218 and 2 others like this.
  13. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,649   +87

    Yep, I remember downloading directly from websites back then and trading URLs for the best download sites with friends.
  14. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    Can't remember if it was a game, program or song but it would have been around 22 years ago and probably off a ftp site.
  15. Ziffel

    Ziffel TS Booster Posts: 75   +62

    I downloaded a car.
    Uvindu likes this.
  16. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,171

    Where did you get a crack for the VIN number? I can't find those anywhere.
    Uvindu and cliffordcooley like this.
  17. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    You wouldn't want those anyway, they come coded with anthrax.
  18. alabama man

    alabama man TS Maniac Posts: 202   +100

    Porn picture, took so long to download. Young people have it so easy these days....

    Mostly got my pirates on floppy disk and later from russia on cd. Damn if I wouldn't have been pirate back then amiga could have survived, had 200+games and only 2 were bought.
    rpjkw11 likes this.
  19. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,159   +198

    I remember recording the charts on to a cassette back in the good old days.

    Always annoying trying to remove the DJs voice.

    Not really online but piracy yarrrr.
    trgz likes this.
  20. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 433   +23

    The first PC I bought from a local vendor came with a pirated copy of windows XP dual booting with win 98. I did not even know what digital piracy was back then.
    rpjkw11 likes this.
  21. mctommy

    mctommy TS Booster Posts: 189   +30

    Forgot what game on 3 1/2" floppy... that was back in 1995 or something.
  22. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Just go up to the 1st parked vehicle you see and jot down the VIN. A little plate with it inscribed is usually pop riveted somewhere onto the dash in plain view.
  23. trgz

    trgz TS Booster Posts: 148   +22

    An old 3-masted Dutch Clipper - a fine ship she was - arg!
  24. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    MS DOS 3.
    Online... I think it had to be music. I would've preferred swiping a game but seeing I was on 56K dial up at the time it was impractical.
    Having said that, it took quite a while to download songs as well, it would've been quicker and easier taping them from a friends LP, which I did anyway.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  25. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Ah yes a VIN for a minivan placed on a Ferrari. That would be believable.

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