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IPS Job Opening: Piracy Dept.

** We have enough applications to fill this position. Thank you for your interest! **

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.

** We have enough applications to fill this position. Thank you for your interest! **

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Be familiar with the DMCA and associated procedures. (that I could search to find out more than I currently know)
 

Reside in the United States. (this is the one that stops me though)

 

Is there a specific reason why applicant has to be a US resident) ?

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As part of this position, would be be issued with an eye patch and a wooden leg, or is this something we would need to provide ourselves?

:lol: I think this is the typical costume of the people you are looking for...

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You should also create a feature like WHMCS has..
Let people enter the path of IP.Boards' installations to see if they are licensed. If they're not, then a form to report piracy would show up.


To enter what? Path? You mean a license key? It would require a call-back to check that information. That would be easily removed by someone who wants to nullify the script. Unless it is encrypted, which never gonna happen.
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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. 

 

What I'm arguing for is to provide more financial tools and facilities for those who simply cannot pay. Imagine if they told you that they would like to pay but they can't because they don't have a credit card or paypal or simply can't afford it. If you simply reply that you can't help them and that they should remove the software then how is that profitable? remember you talked about profit but shutting down boards for piracy is not profitable.

 

What's going to be profitable is offering more payment options either directly or through  3rd party agents who can collect the money on your behalf and issue the license. If someone can't afford to pay $175 then why not come up with IPB Lite version and price it at $50 for those who can't afford the $175 price tag or even IPB with no support and price it at $150? 

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What I'm arguing for is to provide more financial tools and facilities for those who simply cannot pay. Imagine if they told you that they would like to pay but they can't because they don't have a credit card or paypal or simply can't afford it. If you simply reply that you can't help them and that they should remove the software then how is that profitable? remember you talked about profit but shutting down boards for piracy is not profitable.

 

What's going to be profitable is offering more payment options either directly or through  3rd party agents who can collect the money on your behalf and issue the license. If someone can't afford to pay $175 then why not come up with IPB Lite version and price it at $50 for those who can't afford the $175 price tag or even IPB with no support and price it at $150? 

 

We have no interest in a "lite" version, or making alternate arrangements.  Lindy has already addressed that.  If you cannot afford the software, you should utilize something else, or use our community in the cloud setup which starts at just $10 a month.

 

Not having the money to pay is not a justification for piracy, and frankly no matter what payment options we provide - it won't stop that.

 

We accept PayPal and all major credit cards.  There's not a whole lot more we can do to provide alternate payment arrangements, and 99% of potential clients can access some form of major credit card to purchase the software.

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The 'hosted' options seem the ideal choice now for those who cannot stretch to a 'self hosted' installation. :) , A few years ago (quite a few) its seemed a lot of money back then for me for a for 'hosted' as iirc it was a year but now there's a $10/month option in real terms its extremely cheap for what you get, not even considering that some apps are included with it now too.

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What I'm arguing for is to provide more financial tools and facilities for those who simply cannot pay. 

 

IPS didn't choose an arbitrary price from their software. Included in the price we pay are development costs, marketing, etc as well as profit for the continued improvement of the company. If they offer discounts to pirates, or people who claim they can't afford the products, the price of the software will inevitably rise to balance out the cuts. This new higher price may cause even more to seek discounts or to pirates, creating a terrible cycle that will end in the destruction of IPS as we know it </melodrama>

 

If there are issues with being unable to afford the software then there are plenty of free options such as phpBB, MyBB, Vanilla, etc. They may be of lower quality and have less features, but there are trade-offs. Options are out there though.

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I'm all for it. There are mouths to feed and this theft has to stop. 

 

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?

lol, didn't read the blog post did you?

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You should also create a feature like WHMCS has..

Let people enter the path of IP.Boards' installations to see if they are licensed. If they're not, then a form to report piracy would show up.

 

To enter what? Path? You mean a license key? It would require a call-back to check that information. That would be easily removed by someone who wants to nullify the script. Unless it is encrypted, which never gonna happen.

 

No. You didn't understand my suggestion at all.

Something like this: http://www.whmcs.com/members/verifydomain.php

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Ok, now I see. But I don't think IPS will want a witch hunt in your name.

 

What?? That feature can be used by anyone to verify the license from any WHMCS installation. I am suggesting the same here, not anything in my name, lol.

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William,
Not all versions of IP.Board accept the new license. Old 2.x and even 3.0 boards don't have a license key field.

While it's a nice idea, I'm sure it's something IPS will do once they've received a report. There is a certain level of privacy to be kept for those clients that do follow the law.

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I have reported a website for piracy 4 times and its still blatantly serving pirate IPB software and apps and hooks, and laughs at anyone who comments about it saying they cant get touched by IPB so what gives. And there are people on this site providing the software to them. Why report them when you see them still pirating after 5 years despite reporting them.

 

It is a waste of time and effort

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So people who steal, commit murder and other sorts of crimes and get away with it, means that they are not to be pursued? I guess having a police department is a waste of time/effort with that mentality.

 

There will always be people that get away with things like this, but there are others that will not be as fortunate and lucky.

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Lindy,

 

When do you think those that sent in an email can expect a reply with more information regarding the job?

 

It's going to take me a few days to sort through all of the e-mails. I received over 100 thus far. 

 

 

I have reported a website for piracy 4 times and its still blatantly serving pirate IPB software and apps and hooks, and laughs at anyone who comments about it saying they cant get touched by IPB so what gives. And there are people on this site providing the software to them. Why report them when you see them still pirating after 5 years despite reporting them.

 

It is a waste of time and effort

 

 

There are MANY sites we've had shut down 10+ times; they just keep jumping from one puke offshore host to the next. It takes a lot of time to actually find them when they hide beyond services geared specifically toward harboring illegal activity. They will slip up, we'll get their identity and pursue action on a personal level.

 

Not everything is as simple as moaning and complaining on a forum. :)

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I have to say that most simply cannot afford the price of the current license for IPB. I paid for a license back in 2005, when the license was only $69. I'm just fortunate that I paid a low price for the license back then, considering it's $150 or more now.

 

At any rate, I'm interested in this spot as I'm familiar with WHOIS, I spend a lot of time reporting IPB warez sites and unlicensed communities and I reside in the United States and I run and operate an IPB community for going on 10 years now. lols

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I have to say that most simply cannot afford the price of the current license for IPB. I paid for a license back in 2005, when the license was only $69. I'm just fortunate that I paid a low price for the license back then, considering it's $150 or more now.

 

At any rate, I'm interested in this spot as I'm familiar with WHOIS, I spend a lot of time reporting IPB warez sites and unlicensed communities and I reside in the United States and I run and operate an IPB community for going on 10 years now. lols

Personally if they cannot afford it, they can use free alternatives and get 80-90% of what the community offers already. I just don't like how people will use 'price' as an excuse to obtain things they shouldn't. But hey, to each their own.

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