Allow me to interject.
Originally Posted by VulcanDragon
Second, you're absolutely crazy if you think that legal action cannot be and is not taken against web sites that threaten intellectual property by openly discussing or offering piracy methods. It happens all the time. No one wants to even toe that line with OCN, I hope. If you do, see my previous invitation.
Discussing, let's say, the latest crack for a game, or linking to a download of an ISO is hardly illegal. Neither the site operator or the involved users could get in any legal trouble, because the content is not hosted here and it is mere discussion.
Now, if we we're talking about users uploading a crack to this site, then sure, that would be illegal. But even so, in the unlikely event that they decided to prosecute, only the user posting it would be in trouble. The only way the site and its operators could get in trouble would be if they were found to be a knowing and willing host of such material, and that the website promoted it, or otherwise encouraged it (i.e. having a forum dedicated to piracy). That would be grounds to get the site shut down.
If a website could be held liable for the things its users did, sites like 4chan (and some it's more... questionable variants) would have been shut down ages ago. I completely agree with the current rules in place, to maintain the professionalism around here, but to say that it's illegal to discuss or link to piracy methods/material is a bit of a stretch.
Cheers Edited by Liability - 2/3/09 at 5:13pm