[CQ-Contest] Contesters selling stolen software--first notice

Barry w2up at mindspring.com
Wed Dec 10 12:51:27 EST 2003

As the not-so-old saying goes, "don't let the terrorists win."  Don't 
let a handful of miscreants ruin it for all.  Also, don't forget, 
there's more pirated Microsoft software out there than anything else, 
and Bill Gates is still #1 rich guy.  There's still hope for you :.)
Barry W2UP

On 10 Dec 2003 W. Wright, W5XD wrote:

> Fellow contesters,
> I spend quite a bit of my discretionary time developing software that
> some of you use. My choice is to continue to do so only as long as I
> get some money in return. If it is your choice that WriteLog costs
> more than it is worth, then the only ethical thing for you to do is to
> run one of the other less costly packages.
> Certain thieves in Russia are not satisfied with this arrangement,
> however, and I am deeply saddened that the community of hams and
> contesters that I have been a part of for 30+ years has degenerated to
> this point. A thief who actually calls himself a ham is generating WL
> registration codes and selling them.
> This notice is first to remind you of the WriteLog sign-on notice: if
> you "purchased" a WriteLog registration from anyone except K5DJ, that
> you are in possession of stolen goods and that I demand that you
> delete the software and recommend you go back to your supplier and to
> your money back. Many contest sponsors require you to affirm a
> statement that you complied with your country's regulation during the
> contest, so that award that you won while running stolen software is
> just as fraudulent as if you had logged fake calls or spotted yourself
> on packet.
> On a personal note, its one thing to be violated by an enemy, but it
> hurts a little more to be violated by someone from the contesting
> community where I used to think I was among friends. With self
> spotting packet cheaters, stolen software, and high power, someone
> please remind me why I should be nudging my friends and my children
> into the contesting community?
> Back to net.
> Wayne, W5XD
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Barry Kutner, W2UP              Internet: w2up at mindspring.com
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