FP ebay crisis

Stephen Santoliquido santoli9 at cox.net
Tue Jul 1 22:24:25 EDT 2003

I don't see any reason to crush the customer for trying to get what we
already have the only way he knows how. However, I see that I should have
responded off-list, or at least used discrete terminology.

-----Original Message-----
From: quattro-admin at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-admin at audifans.com]On
Behalf Of Brett Dikeman
Sent: Tuesday, July 01, 2003 5:01 PM
To: nicholas harteau; quattro at audifans.com
Subject: ETKA ebay crisis

At 1:45 PM -0500 7/1/03, nicholas harteau wrote:
>I bought a copy on EBay

Well, you just bought pirated software.

It's one thing to quietly distribute it among dedicated enthusiasts,
who could never afford it in the first place, so they can fix their
cars- it's entirely another to blatantly sell copies making thousands
of percent of profit on it.  The guy who sells it on ebay is a total
slimeball, he's making a ton of money off every disk from something
he has no right to sell; I emailed him once, asking if he was
authorized by Lexcomm, and got no response.  Further, the fact that
he's including crack utilities instead of legitimate hardware dongles
says a lot, doesn't it?

>  but I'm having a hard time getting it to
>actually work under XP.

Try the guy you bought it from on ebay.  I don't see any reason why
we should help him do business by supporting his customers.

Folks- we need to do something about the guy selling these copies on
ebay.  The more he does it, the more likely lexcomm/Audi/Porsche are
going to do something about it, and when they do, they'll probably
start coming after enthusiasts sharing copies.  I'm sure lexcomm/audi
know people do the sharing, but don't care- but when people start
making a ton of money off it, there's no way in hell they'll ignore

"They that give up essential liberty to obtain temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Ben Franklin

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