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IPS Job Opening: Piracy Dept.

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Piracy is something that all software companies face and IPS is no exception. Our losses due to credit card fraud and software piracy are significant and to minimize passing along costs to customers, we are seeking to expand our piracy department and take a harder stance against piracy and pursue those who engage in it.

The position entails:

- Identifying customers, using internal tools, that have inactive licenses and are using later versions of the software than their license allows and report to customer service for license termination.
- Identifying customers, using internal tools, that have shared IPS products or marketplace purchases with illegal download sites and report to customer service for license termination.
- Following up on usage piracy complaints.
- Vigorously pursuing distribution hubs.
- Working with web hosts, ISPs and law enforcement.

To qualify you MUST:

- Be at least 18 years old (for legal reasons, no exceptions to this policy can be made.)
- Have excellent written communication skills. English is a must.
- Be familiar with identifying the owner and host of a website (i.e.: Using WHOIS and other similar tools.)
- Be familiar with the DMCA and associated procedures.
- Reside in the United States.

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Why only in the US? :sad: i would very much love to apply - I often find websites that distributes IPS Software for free and i report them every time but with no luck. :/

 

 

Why only us citizens? I am interested in this position.

 

I believe that it's due to some labor issue: http://www.dol.gov/compliance/topics/hiring-issues.htm

 

Although I don't know if IPS is governed by U.S. or U.K. law.

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one thing I would like to see is some sort of followup for when we do report something, not needing names or stuff like that but something saying yes you were correct and we took care of it.

or if we were wrong letting us know why/how we were wrong so we know how to not waste your time.

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one thing I would like to see is some sort of followup for when we do report something, not needing names or stuff like that but something saying yes you were correct and we took care of it.

or if we were wrong letting us know why/how we were wrong so we know how to not waste your time.

I've kind of asked about this before.

http://community.invisionpower.com/topic/357939-checking-if-a-site-is-using-a-legal-copy-of-ipb/

 

I don't think it's necessary to receive confirmation though. Just report any site's you expect of using nullified software. If you're wrong, IPS can easily tell just by checking the URL. I wouldn't worry about it, as long as you're not spamming them daily :P

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what if i have two licenses, one active one inactive, both domains using same up to date software from the active license

That's not allowed, as an active license should only be accessible trough one domain. In your case it's accessible from two.

 

I could be wrong, though.

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That's not allowed, as an active license should only be accessible trough one domain. In your case it's accessible from two.

 

I could be wrong, though.

But that's kinda messed up though, I know there exist people with one license use the software on multiple domains

me on the other hand, respect IPB's policy and going to purchase an additional license to use on another domain, even though i have the software already

then I have to pay twice as much just to get an upgrade... really?

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That's not allowed, as an active license should only be accessible trough one domain. In your case it's accessible from two.

 

I could be wrong, though.

I believe what he's doing is that he has an active license and an inactive license and is using the software upgrades on the active license to update his inactive license. Which also isn't allowed.

 

I was going to say that that fact isn't actively listed anywhere, but it seems IPS has updated their service standards page and I'm going to have to reread all this. I wish IPS would put a date on that page saying when it was last updated. I certainly don't remember reading about a $50 fee in the event that my license key is stolen...that's new right?

 

Anyway, I skimmed it through and still don't see anything about having multiple licenses and not being allowed to upgrade multiple sites through only one license. I only know it's not allowed because I asked, and well...I would think it's fairly obvious. But I do feel these kinds of things should be listed out specifically.

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Hello, 

 

 

The license agreement is clear about utilizing ONE license PER URL. Taking a download generated for one license and then applying it to another installation violates that (and other) sections of the license agreement. You would be given the opportunity to renew your license properly, or it would simply be terminated altogether. 

 

I can't quite grasp how someone rationalizes buying multiple licenses (using a multi license discount), not renewing all but one and using the download to distribute to the other inactive licenses. That is the definition of piracy. You did not purchase access to upgrades for the other licenses, thus you have no right or permission to utilize the latest version of the software on every site you own, unless you have an active license for all. 

 

Let's say you have 8 computers all with Windows XP on them. You've purchased Microsoft XP legally, for all 8 computers. In what reality is it ok to buy just one copy of Windows 8 and install it on the other 7 computers without licenses for each (or a site / vol license?)I fail to see the logic, but to clarify, it is indeed something we enforce.

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I understand that, just I'm asking that it actually be listed specifically rather than relying on our ability to infer intentions from a license agreement. But

 

You would be given the opportunity to renew your license properly, or it would simply be terminated altogether.

That's good enough for me.

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Lindy,

 

Our losses due to credit card fraud and software piracy are significant and to minimize passing along costs to customers

 

Identifying customers, using internal tools, that have inactive licenses and are using later versions of the software than their license allows and report to customer service for license termination.

 

sorry I know it is not my business but how is that going to increase your sales? If you start to terminate licenses, pursue your potential customers, and work with law enforcement to close any website that uses your software and breaches your ToS at the same time then how is this profitable?

 

Shouldn't you research why people use pirated copies of your software and implement purchasing options to help them out BUY your software rather than closing them down? 

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End-users are always given the option of purchasing a license or removing the software. Current customers who are violating the license agreement are typically given the option (except when they distribute themselves) to purchase the addon they've illegally downloaded, or renew their expired license. Should they decline, we naturally have to do what's in the best interest of our company as well as our more honest customers. 

 

I'm sure you're being facetious when suggesting we research why people use pirated copies. It's no real secret people resort to piracy after self-rationalizing why they should be able to -- ie: "price is too high", "it's not hurting anyone", "I only need an update."   etc. I'm genuinely not interested in the reasons and I've heard them all over the years. It's quite simple and to break it down even further, think of visiting a convenience store and getting a fountain drink. You leave the store, enjoy your beverage until it's gone and then later return to the convenience store. Do you simply fill your cup and walk out again? No, that's theft, no matter how small it seems. The price of a refill is the price based on what it takes to refill the cup and the clerk isn't interested in whether or not you want a discount because you didn't use a new straw, or didn't fill it quite all the way. The same principles apply here. Taking something you haven't paid for, no matter how you rationalize it, is wrong. Whether it's a DVD from a big box store or electronically delivered software.  

 

Ultimately, we've somehow gained the reputation of being more lax than we should as it pertains to piracy. We intend to reverse that conception and stress that there is no free ride at IPS. This is not a cute a project we work on in our spare time. Our employees and staff depend on IPS, as do their children, spouses and family. If you're a waitress and you encounter someone who dine and dashes, or you're a mechanic and someone has stiffed you on the repair bill for fixing their car - you'll understand the "nobody gets hurt" rationalization is ridiculous. Yes, we do and will take this seriously. 

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I'm definitely interested as well. While I've helped identify a lot of IPS piracy sites, I've also helped inform other IPS devs about when they shut down. What exactly are the qualifications for interested parties?

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Its good to read more will be done for the (imo what I'd call "hidden") piracy ie those purchasing one licence and using it on several sites or the other even more hidden, ie using a substantially newer version that their expired licence allows, ie: a licence that expired in 2011 but the site is using 3.4.x...

 

Its also nice to note (except in the case of distribution) that those found using without a licence (or an addon) are simply offered the opportunity to rectify this quickly and quietly rather than things going further down the line, although this makes good sense for everyone.

 

Good luck to whoever gets the job, I think it will be both a rewarding and fascinating opportunity. :smile:

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