Software pirate sentenced to 18 months

By Derek Sooman on January 10, 2005, 12:43 PM
American software pirate Kishan Singh, from Lanham in Maryland, has been jailed for 18 months after running a website offering illegal copies of a range of business software. Singh, who had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of copyright infringement, was found guilty of running a website offering illegal copies of software that was valued at up to $120,000. Singh operated a pay-for-access site offering software from companies including Adobe, Autodesk, Macromedia and Microsoft. Frequently, all copy-protection and other counter-piracy measures had been removed from the software.

"Evidence revealed that thousands of pirated software programs were downloaded from Singh's website by users from around the world during the six-month period charged." - Spokesman for the US prosecutor's office.

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RGHawk said:
I am nort aggree with piracy but neither with mpaa, riaa, movies, records studios, etc. These people overcharge their products because they have almost absolute control in the new age. The could not stopped vcr, cds, but sure they hit us with the DVD. At the end, the problem is more than just copyright infringements. It is about to be charge a fair amount for a cd, DVD, and so on. So far, we, the customers, have been overcharge by the movie and song industries just to please their FAT pockets. Moreover, they can do all they want, but these new technology age could NOT be stopped. The old times are gone but the new times are even stronger than the old ones. Technology would be always one step ahead against any people who want to impose us their ways.
shnig said:
Im guessing english isnt your first language.
Black Vertigo said:
I felt so strongly about this story when I read it and the subsequent comment that I registered on this forum just so I could add my thoughts... As someone who has been involved with the warez scene since the BBS days I want to start by saying that it is people like Kishan Singh that muddy the waters of perception that average people have about software pirates and steal the moral high ground from us, and unfortunately they have been and will continue to be with us for a very long time. The one comment added to this story prior to mine talks about how he can't agree with piracy but doesn't agree the MPAA, RIAA, and probably the BSA (Business Software Administration, the original fly in the ointment of the warez scene before it branched out into movies and music). Unfortunately, for the uneducated person who may stumble upon this little blurb, his or her mind may be unduly influenced by the erroneous supposition that these are the only two choices (allowing or at least sympathizing with those that sell expensive programs and totally being against it). I would like to say that there is a third option; and that option is giving it away for free to those that are willing to go through the trouble to find it FOR free. There is a great distinction, far more clear than those people who have been trying to take the word hacker and make it mean anyone who likes tinkering with a computer, and reserve the word "cracker" for those who actually go into other people's computers without permission, between software pirates who are in it for the purpose of making information free, by allowing all of us to play with programs that we otherwise would not have the chance to learn because of their ridiculous retail prices ($2500 for 3D Studio Max anyone? and those of you who may retort that they sell a student version, I would like to point out that the STUDENT version is still $700, far more than most students even in a 1st world country can afford, and btw, the software doesn't act the same), and those who are LEECHES in the truest sense of the word, take the software from the real guys in the scene, and then try to make money off the people who aren't yet software savvy enough to know of or learn how to use FTP, IRC, Usenet, BitTorrent, et. al. You should NOT feel sorry for or empathize with Kishan Singh, nor anyone like him, for it is because of people like him that the DOJ can make ridiculous blanket statements about software piracy, in the same league as them saying that marijuana and heroin are equally bad.The technological know-how to find, download, burn, and apply cracks to pirated software will always keep this warez scene relatively small as a percentage of the general population, and what people need to start realizing is that the same holds true for movies and music too. Until DVDR warez becomes common place for everyone, the stores that sell movies will still do brisk business (and even DVDR's usually have extra's stripped in order to get 8.6 gigs down to 4.3), and for the music scene, we are now four years past the heyday of Napster (i.e. when it was still free and everyone was on it) and there are plenty of artists still going triple platinum, and the smaller non-pop artists don't seem to have gone the way of the dinosaurs either. Obviously you all know what side of the debate I'm on, but that doesn't mean that I didn't get to this side of the fence by not thinking about my decisions.If you care about the warez scene, keep the software FREE, don't charge for it, if you get the urge to charge someone for it because you feel they aren't worthy think about the $5-10 you were probably going to make from them and ask yourself if that money is enough to give up your principles. Contrary to popular belief, there IS honor among theives.
darkdreams said:
i agree with you black vertigo, but Kishan Singh was probably asking for money because he acctually send the software on disks to the company,so therefore price would be involved. btw, a great p2p prog is Ares (very fast)!! Cheers, -darkdreams
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