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Would I be a jerk if I started "ratting on" every Ebay auction that was of something illegal?

Most DVDs on Ebay are Divx rips, and simply saying that there are in that format is a dead giveaway...

Most of the PC games are illegal too, I remember when I bid on an old games and found out later that it was an illegal copy, before paying for it of course, and the seller simpy told me that for such a "low" price there was no way it could be legal...

Yeah, right, I've gotten REAL games for a buck, buddy...

Spain has a real piracy problem, it's out of control, everybody, and I do mean everybody I know downloads nearly everyhting from the net, but when I see people SELLING this kind of stuff, it really makes me mad!

I put up some of my anime DVDs for auction yesterday and did a search to know their value, and I only found Divx rips...
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Date:September 16th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
I think you would be on ethically strong ground if you did report them when you found them. I honeslty have mixed feelings about people dowloading stuff for personal use, but trying to sell it is plain WRONG.
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Date:September 16th, 2005 10:24 pm (UTC)
"Would I be a jerk if I started "ratting on" every Ebay auction that was of something illegal?"

The people selling the stuff would say you are a jerk. But do you honestly care what they think of you?
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Date:September 16th, 2005 10:31 pm (UTC)
The other issue is that eBay's reporting system sucks. I ordered an Import CD back in mid 2004. After 60 days I went through every recourse suggested on the eBay website. I ended writing it off as a $15 loss. Then in early 2005, the seller got in trouble for some other stuff and had to clear his name by addressing any and all of the black marks he got (including me). So it took me about 6 months to get my CD, and eBay didn't really help me out.
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Date:September 17th, 2005 06:40 am (UTC)
I don't give a damn about what "pirates" think about me, but I think the only issue with this is that I might have to provide proof...

I once bid on an game that turned out to be illegal, and I think Ebay didn't move a finger until I forwarded an email where the seller confessed?

Anyway, I'm going to look into this, becuase I doubt that many people will confess that they are selling illegal copies of a game or a movie...
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