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    Do people still pirate vBulletin?

    Do people still pirate vBulletin?

    What can vBulletin do that the free forum softwares can't, anyway?
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    Well, for one, no, don't think vB can be pirated anymore, it checks your license keys.

    Basic functionality...not much difference between many forum software. But it's vB's ability to be greatly customized in almost every respect, support, thirdpart support, and popularity that makes it the leader.

    Now that being said, it's also one of the worst forums to run in regards to server abuse. Even a mildly popular forum can cause hefty server loads, expecially if the forum has a lot of mods and addons. But it's not as unsecure as some of the opensource forums (ie phpBB).
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    Yeah people do, I occasionally suspend a user or two who's using nullified VB script they downloaded from some p2p net.
    What can vBulletin do that the free forum softwares can't, anyway?
    I think that it's not functionality makes people pirate it, it's that they want to look like big guys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfTuner
    Yeah people do, I occasionally suspend a user or two who's using nullified VB script they downloaded from some p2p net.

    I think that it's not functionality makes people pirate it, it's that they want to look like big guys.
    I have served notices which generally lets the user sort the problem out conveniently. If these are ignored i suspend etc.

    Im thinking of creaing a forum for us, probably swaying toward invisions board.
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    I have served notices which generally lets the user sort the problem out conveniently. If these are ignored i suspend etc.
    Yeah, that's of course the preferred way, but sometimes you just have no time to contact user.
    Im thinking of creaing a forum for us, probably swaying toward invisions board.
    That's a good choice.
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    Yes, Invison Board is great.
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    Sounds like the way forward! Will probably get it implemented this Qtr.
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    Yes , vB is still pirated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muhammad Haris
    Yes , vB is still pirated!
    As is most other mildly popular scripts. However, that is no excuse to use a pirated copy, alot of hosts will suspend you for hosting pirated software, and vB can take action against you.

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    vBulletin actively searches for people running their software illegally. They keep a database of all forums that people have registered legitimately and if you're not on that list, you haven't paid for the software. They will send a DMCA notice to the host of anyone running pirated copies.
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    Simply because of a call home feature and an attempt to verfiy a license's status is in place, that does not mean it cannot and is not still pirated . vBulletin is a great piece of software and like others, it will be pirated.

    I've been a customer of vBulletin's for the past 5 years, although, in all honesty, it's not that hard to work around the script's installation process and it's call home security feature. They are there for a reason and it's to stop those just looking to pirate without knowing anything more, though if you really want to work around it, it is possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak
    vBulletin actively searches for people running their software illegally. They keep a database of all forums that people have registered legitimately and if you're not on that list, you haven't paid for the software. They will send a DMCA notice to the host of anyone running pirated copies.
    I echo this fact. I have seen it happen before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ArtieFishill
    Well, for one, no, don't think vB can be pirated anymore, it checks your license keys.

    Basic functionality...not much difference between many forum software. But it's vB's ability to be greatly customized in almost every respect, support, thirdpart support, and popularity that makes it the leader.

    Now that being said, it's also one of the worst forums to run in regards to server abuse. Even a mildly popular forum can cause hefty server loads, expecially if the forum has a lot of mods and addons. But it's not as unsecure as some of the opensource forums (ie phpBB).

    Although not recommended this can easily be reomved from the script. vBulletin is fully open source even the call home portion. And honestly i love the fact that they give full access to source code so i can tinker with it and modify it to my needs. That and they have a huge mod / hack community.

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    Arrrrrrr, Piracy!
    Ya, people still pirate it.
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    People do, just not as much. Most versions that are free contain google banners and such - it's pretty shady.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NE-Adam
    As is most other mildly popular scripts. However, that is no excuse to use a pirated copy, alot of hosts will suspend you for hosting pirated software, and vB can take action against you.

    Adam
    It is still pirated and no many hosts no vb would even care or bother to shut the site down.

    As for the free one, I would recommend phpbb.

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    Of course people pirate it.

    What can vBulletin do that the free forum softwares can't, anyway?
    Lots, and even phpBB2.2, phpBB3, phpBB Olympus (or whatever they call it nowadays) aren't going to change that.

    As a user, I much much prefer vB to phpBB.
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    Well, for one, no, don't think vB can be pirated anymore, it checks your license keys.
    Yeah...one of my friends was running a recent pirated version for a while...I think the site went down though. (I wasn't affiliated with it heh)
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    Quote Originally Posted by PerfTuner
    Yeah people do, I occasionally suspend a user or two who's using nullified VB script they downloaded from some p2p net.

    I think that it's not functionality makes people pirate it, it's that they want to look like big guys.
    no it is. vbulletin is great, im sure if there was a 100% way to be safe with a privateted vbulletin im sure many would do this. i my self would..

    but i have several lisences.. and its well worth it, support is great, and fast..

    and what does vbulletin have that free provides doesnt??

    nice laywers
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    vBulletin actively searches for people running their software illegally. They keep a database of all forums that people have registered legitimately and if you're not on that list, you haven't paid for the software. They will send a DMCA notice to the host of anyone running pirated copies.
    Very True, I have helped report and searched for illegal verisons of Vbulletin.
    However, some of the sites hosted in other countries are harder to take down.
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    I use Invision for personal sites and would use Vbulletin for a professional business site. Invision and VB are both great products and are definately worth their minimal licensing fee and more. Phpbb is also good software however, does have quite a few bugs and seems to have a constant issue with security holes.

    I do reccomend IPB and VB, they are well worth the cost.
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    ive been seeing all the latest verions being pirated and used.
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    i donot like VB , i had an option of getting an VB lisence but still i prefer supporting the opensource community PHPBB
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    Yeah, it's still being pirated. All the newest versions are still being nulified, and released.

    Out of the box, vB can do more than most free forum scripts. Sure, you can put 18 hours into hacking your free software to match all the features vB has, but who has the time to maintain that, whilst keeping the original forum software up to date?
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    vBulletin.v3.5.3.PHP.NULL-XXX
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    ¦ Release Date.. 5/Jan/2005 ¦
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    Takes about 5 hours from vbulletin official release, for the nulled version to show up.

    All the hacks and retail skins get released too.

    Any script that's not encrypted by Ioncube (though, I hear it has been privately hacked and possible to decode) are freely being nulled and used.
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    Zend Encoder > Ioncube IMHO
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    They won't find out, if you use it between some close friends, and never release it to the public, though....

    Still, yea, any script that isn't encoded, is pirated.
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    Sadly xAco is no longer with us:

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    Quote Originally Posted by netfreak
    They will send a DMCA notice to the host of anyone running pirated copies.
    And that's when we send a message to the user running that pirated copy and say "All your base are belong to us."
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    people still do pirate vbulletin by removing the code tht makes vbulletin tell the company a forum is installed...
    i usually suspend people who use pirated vbulletin because i've already had one of my servers blacklisted by the vbulleting company before... but i do prefer invision power board or phpbb
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    Not a fan of vBulletin myself, kind of annoying software - More a IPB fan its well worth the licensing

    As for "is it still pirated?" its been answered a dozen times before -- Welcome to the internet, if you don't want anything to get pirated, You unplug your modem, if someone wants it and it's on the 'net, someone will get it. It's only a matter of time once you plug that NIC in.

    My two cents
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    I don't understand why someone would go to the effort of using a pirated copy of Vb when they can use phpbb for free?
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    Odds are they like VB more, at least that's my guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tonyw
    I don't understand why someone would go to the effort of using a pirated copy of Vb when they can use phpbb for free?
    maybe because vbulletin is superior. Why do thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of people opt to purchase a license?
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    I saw on one warez site vBulletin 3.5.2 (seems hacked) available for download... Didn't try it, though.

    My quesion is why is it so? I can't understand that someone can't live without payed board software... Even if so, why hacked vBulletin is being used then???
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    Quote Originally Posted by pmak0
    Do people still pirate vBulletin?

    What can vBulletin do that the free forum softwares can't, anyway?
    I can't remember the group but some Software group cracked cPanel. I banned an account because they gave it to me to install on their server...
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    Quote Originally Posted by justadollarhostin
    Zend Encoder > Ioncube IMHO
    I don't know what that means, but there are numerous reasons as to why the alternatives to Zend Encoder are superior in really every respect. Comparing against the new Zend Encoder 4, obvious benefits of other solutions include better security and protection against decompilation, featureset, ease of use for encoder user and end user, ease of script deployment, value, support for encoder user and script user... It's actually hard to think of a genuine and compelling reason not to use an alternative. Can you think of one?
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    Yep, of course people pirate things that would normally cost money. I actually received an email from VB yesterday about a pirated board being hosted, there goes that guys account
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    I feel so cheated, I bought vBulletin because I thought it was impossible to pirate from what I've read, yet this guy has a pirated copy and I've reported him for 2 months I kept reporting him and it has still not been taken down.

    I know for a fact this guy has a pirated forum, I used to speak to him on MSN about it. 2 months and it's still up after I've reported it so many times.

    http://grawl.nl/forums/index.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by Feena
    I feel so cheated, I bought vBulletin because I thought it was impossible to pirate from what I've read, yet this guy has a pirated copy and I've reported him for 2 months I kept reporting him and it has still not been taken down.

    I know for a fact this guy has a pirated forum, I used to speak to him on MSN about it. 2 months and it's still up after I've reported it so many times.

    http://grawl.nl/forums/index.php
    haha. Impossible?

    .nl, if the server resides in the netherlands, sometimes it's hard to get the datacenter or host to comply.

    Domain nameservers:
    ns1.webhostingatelier.nl 85.158.201.23
    ns2.webhostingatelier.nl 85.158.201.24
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