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

Jos

TS Evangelist

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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davislane1

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

jobeard

TS Ambassador
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)
 

Lionvibez

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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veLa

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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.
 

MilwaukeeMike

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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rvnwlfdroid

TS Booster
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
 

Jos

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

Tekkaraiden

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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.
 
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fimbles

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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hitech0101

TS Guru
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.
 
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Skidmarksdeluxe

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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.
 
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