"Pirated" copy of UBCD

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"Pirated" copy of UBCD

#21 Post by ei9hk » Mon Nov 28, 2005 2:38 am

Have you complained to Ebay? they have a reasonable standard I think??
----- Original Message -----
From: "Tigerdaz" <support@ultimatebootcd.com>
To: <support@ultimatebootcd.com>
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 7:29 AM
Subject: "Pirated" copy of UBCD

> Amazingly i have recieved a response from the offending ebay seller.
> However it would appear the seller has little or no understanding of the
> GPL itself and of other trademark usage and EULA.
> Here is the response i recieved.
> Dear.
> If my item bothers you, I am so sorry for that.
> UBCD is under GNU policy, so there is no restriction to distribute to
> others and they offer download and sell actual CD on there mirror site.
> And if what I use the picture which I redesignned is really Microsoft
> Windows's trademark, I am very soory and I will check and omit it.
> However, my item's purpose is not the usage of the trademark for selling
> Windows OS, but my item includes boot helper and service pack for
> Microsoft Windows, So, the purpose the picture is for them.
> And my item includes UBCD and many open source programs on one CD,
> therefore, it is a little hard that the item is UBCD itself. So, I just
> named it Emergency Boot CD it is not the specific trademark or item's
> name, but just general name for the item such as Emergency EXIT on
> buildings.
> I have will to correct my fault or wrong.
> Please let me know if I am wrong.
> Of course, I will check them up again if there are any problems.
> Thank you.
> Sincerely,
> Giftinusa
> Even if the seller was correct in the assumptions he has still clearly
> breaking the conditionsof the GPL and also SteelTrepid says his Code is
> not used the GPL but under his own EULA.
> Just for clarification here is the Email i sent to the seller myself which
> got the response.
> I notice you are passing off The Ulitmate Boot CD as you own companies
> work. Even to the extent of putting your own logo over screen grabs of
> other peoples software. I will be imforning the authors and contributors
> of your work and notifying ebal also. I assume also that you have
> permission to use Microsofts Registered trademarks in the passing off
> other peoples hardwork as your own.
> While there is no restrictions in packageing and selling UBCD as is. How
> you are doing it by passing ot off as your own work is.
> I hope you do not mind me getting involved in this but i these people are
> scum and clearly do not know what they are on about.
> If you would rather i did not interefere and left you to deal with these
> people yourselves then please le tme know and i will respect your wishes.
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#22 Post by Victor Chew » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:06 pm

Charles was going to draft a OpenBSD-type license for the UBCD to protect its layout, but due to his hectic schedule, it did not materialize. Maybe some user in this forum with legal knowledge can help?

I think adding a license to UBCD will only clarify its licensing and distribution position. It will have no impact on the anti-social folks redistributing UBCD for a fee. And how does one deal with those who add some stuff to UBCD, slap on a new name, and redistribute it for a fee? I don't know.

Of course, I welcome discussion on this matter. But in the mean time, I am going to focus my limited resources on releasing UBCD V3.4! :D

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#23 Post by SteelTrepid » Fri Dec 02, 2005 5:14 pm

:wink: Well, you brought it up.....so how much longer are we going to have to wait for 3.4??

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#24 Post by Victor Chew » Fri Dec 02, 2005 6:39 pm

It is almost done. We are waiting for a patch to the latest FreeDOS kernel, then it will be released. Probably next week or the week after.

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#25 Post by Crack » Sat Jan 14, 2006 7:34 am

I'm fed up with this stuff from Trademe.co.nz. I'm going to report people that I see taking credit for your work. Maybe that can help ease my anger.

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#26 Post by thulemanden » Wed Mar 08, 2006 8:39 am

Did you rememeber to include copyright statements in the software?

Is there license terms included?

You could register the product name as a trade mark but that can be quite expensive.

The obvious is to get advice from an attorney.

If it's published under Gnu/GPL - see them for advice for counter actions.

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#27 Post by obscurity » Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:38 pm

another joker is selling this on ebay

http://cgi.ebay.com/100-FIX-WINDOWS-95- ... dZViewItem

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Re: "Pirated" copy of UBCD

#28 Post by mygor » Wed Feb 06, 2008 3:24 pm

Victor Chew wrote:I know this is slightly off-topic, but I don't want to create a whole
new forum for it, so please bear with me. Anyway, you can see it as
another user needing "support" from the group, so it is not entirely

You guys know I have always been quite liberal with the distribution of
UBCD. It has always been free for the download, and many people have
been distributing the physical copy (UBCD list, SwiftCD, EBay, magazines
etc.) with or without my knowledge.

In addition, for the benefit of users, I have included a link to the
website in the various UBCD menus since V2.4 so that users who acquire
the CD via some other means could always choose to upgrade to the latest
versions later if they desired by visiting the website.

Recently, Mike Daniell notified me of this particular case that really
ticked me off:

- http://www.bootdvd.com/ultbootcdnz.htm
- http://www.trademe.co.nz/structure/auct ... d=23689522

If you look at the screenshots, he actually removed the link to the UBCD
website!! This is not someone who's just casually selling the UBCD
without my knowledge (which is OK for me). He has deliberately remove
any trace back to the website so that users who purchased the CD will be
none the wiser, and will have to go back to him and pay him for updates!

Granted, looking at the site description, he has probably done some work
himself (likely adding some parts of Windows UBCD). I can't comment
since I certainly won't pay for the CD to try it out. But to
intentionally remove all traces back to the original website borders on
the criminal. Just thinking of it makes my blood boil!

I like to keep negative energy to a minimum (I'd rather spend time doing
productive things) So I ask for your opinion: What is the least I could
do to stop this guy from defrauding people? I have the feeling sending
him an email directly will probably not yield much result. :-)
Hello Victor,

I have also started an auction on ebay here is the link.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... :IT&ih=017

I also got fed up with those people charging outrageous amounts for free software. They take advantage of those who can't download or burn there own CD,s. I do not make a lot , usually less than $1.00 per sale. I give them your Ultimate boot CD as well as a Kubuntu or Ubuntu OS for a total of $6.48 this includes S/H. From what I've seen on ebay most charge more than that for one CD. After I have paid all the fee's and the shipping it leaves very little. I did not intend to sell the CD'S I just wanted to let others know that its FREE software.

I have not changed these cd's in any way. Everything is as it was when I download it. I have sold 12 so far and have made a donation here today. If I sell more then you can count on further donations being made. I want to thank you for putting out such a great CD.


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Spent all day playin' with it...

#29 Post by aero_ebook » Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:46 pm

The CD's loaded with demos and manufacturer (no write)
disk checkers. WHO is stealing from WHOM???

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#30 Post by hogie2 » Tue Jul 15, 2008 12:21 pm

taltamir wrote:
I am the manufacturer and copyright holder of this ULTIMATE BOOT CD !

copyright © 2005 mana media All rights reserved.
Well, if UBCD is open source you could sue him for copyright infringement. You could threaten trademe with a lawsuit (if a lawyer in here could write them a letter in your name it would be sufficient). And someone could hack his own site and cause as much damage as possible.

Those are the only options.
I realize this topic is almost 3 years old but just chimed in because yesterday on the PRN new, a similar situation happened with a handbag company. Big name. Dont recall.

But on ebay a guy was selling knock off handbags. Ebay won the case here in the USA. They said you have to go after the actual seller. The company is expected to appeal. But a similar case in France a few months back Ebay lost.

Did you ever get this case resoved? Im an amature game programer. I use GameMaker 7.0 A great engine for guys that WANT to program but to dumb to learn C++ :) So I understand the time involved on creating a project

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#31 Post by aero_ebook » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:52 am

:roll: Yeah, it was on the radio... but let's try to keep it relevant, huh?

In my case, the damned disk needed to be replaced.

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#32 Post by sk8rdie999 » Thu Jul 31, 2008 12:45 pm

aero has a good question, is there software on ubcd that shouldn't be, because of its license? I think isolinux / syslinux is under GPL, and wouldn't ubcd be considered a derivative work, therefore under GPL or compatible license? V5 comes with a SIMPL license, but I am not finding a license on V4.

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#33 Post by nbicomputers » Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:56 pm

At least some of us do the right thing.

As the president of nbi Computer Services Inc. www.nbicomputers.com a small corp with about 25 people.

After talking with the board members a small corp with about 25 people and most of them own some stock. We decided that after using this tool in our work for years we would place it on our download page.
It is a great tool and we had some extra band with to spair. Since Mr. Chew uses others to distribute his software we thought we could help.
so aftercontacting Mr.Chew we obtained his permision to place his software on our download page. but we did so only after he agreed to list us on his site, not for the link back, but so people would understand that we were authorized to distribute his product.
we don't sell it but when we are working on a computer at a customers site if we use the product and the customer likes it we offer to alow the customer to keep the disk and we just make another copy for our own use.

Upon reading this thread I will instruct our web site tech to place on our download page a link back to the main ubcd site if it has not been done already and also place a note that we are distributing the UBCD by permision of the owner and an advisor that the tool is free to downloal and use as long as the end user doas not modify the tool in any way.

Just my 2 cents in an old thread
Mr. Norman Berg
President and founder
NBI Computer Services Inc.

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well if UBCD had a torrent link on their site

#34 Post by auto7890 » Thu Mar 19, 2009 10:25 pm

it would make it much faster to download !!

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Re: well if UBCD had a torrent link on their site

#35 Post by Icecube » Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:44 am

auto7890 wrote:Torrents would make it much faster to download !!
The torrent file is available at: http://ultimatebootcd.com/download.html
Look at the P2P section.
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Re: well if UBCD had a torrent link on their site

#36 Post by StopSpazzing » Sun Mar 22, 2009 11:42 am

auto7890 wrote:it would make it much faster to download !!
Only if there are people to share it...not like that will be a problem but dl speed is dependent on seeders and how much bandwidth they are allowing you to use.
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