T E X T F I L E S

Piracy Textfiles

As soon as software became available for a price, it's been copied and distributed for free. The debate rages on about this facet of the computer world, but there's no denying it exists.

There exists the phenomenon of the Piracy Culture, where badly spelled messages offer the newest and best software for free or for trade. People brag about what they have and what they want, and young-sounding scofflaws promise the world. Examples of these files are below.

Note that there are a lot of similar files in the Apple II and BBS sections; if you don't see something you'd expect to see below, look there as well.

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ANSI

ANSI BBS and Group Tag Files

APPLICATIONS

Applications to Join Piracy Groups

COURIERS

Membership Lists of Couriering Teams

CRACKING

Files About the Art of Cracking

DREAMTEAM

.NFO and Information Files from The Dream Team Pirating Group

FAIRLIGHT

.NFO and Information Files from the Fairlight Pirating Group

HUMBLE

.NFO and Information Files from The Humble Guys Pirating Group

HYBRID

.NFO and Information Files from the Hybrid Pirating Group

INC

.NFO and Information Files from the International Network of Crackers

NFO

A Very Large Selection of .NFO Files From Many Groups, 1990-Present

PRESTIGE

.NFO and Information Files from the Prestige Pirating Group

RAZOR

.NFO and Information Files from the Razor 1911 Pirating Group

SOFTDOCS

On-Line Documentation, usually for pirated programs

TDUJAM

.NFO and Information Files from the TDU-Jam Pirating Group

UNPROTECTS

IBM-Based Software Unprotection Schemes

about.top

The History of Tired of Protection (TOP)

anatomy.txt

Anatomy of a Pirate

arrest.fun

Getting into and out of trouble, and back into it again

bs-bye.txt

A Farewell to the Scene from Black Spyrit of Razor 1991 and ACiD

bustnews

Newspaper Article on the Grim Reaper and NotSoHumble Babe's Bust (February 3, 1992)

busts.txt

The Unlucky Ones (A List of Piracy BBSes Busted)

compuser

The Gospel According to Compuserve! Presented by Richard August (December 3rd, 1987)

coolhand

Cool Hand Tells You how the Bust of The Not so Humble Babe and The Grim Reaper Went Down (February 3, 1992)

coolhand.nfo

What's Going on with the Busts, by Cool Hand to Everyone (February 3, 1992)

courier.txt

You Hack 'Em, We Hump 'Em, or Why YOU should be a Software Courier, by Dixie Flatline

cyberinf.txt

All you want to know about "CYBERGAMES" by Knatter/XAKK (June 8th, 1994)

def.txt

The Group/Acronym Lister, by Coruption of Slaves of Pain

dirty

THE DIRTY DOZEN -- An Uploaded Program Alert List Issue #6: September 5th, 1986 by Eric Newhouse

disaster.!!!

Information on the Checkout System for Pirated Programs

eel-bye.hac

The Eel Quits Pirating and Says Goodbye

eel_bye.txt

Is it Worth The Trouble? (The Eel's Farewell Address) (Piracy)

elite.txt

Are the "Elite" Real Pirates? By Zardoz

flame02.txt

Beowulf Says a Few Words on the CD Ripping Scene

flame03.txt

Razor 1911 Writes About the Lack of Quality in others' Releases (October 2, 1992)

flame05.txt

Tyranny Releases a File and Complains About the (u)ncopyright Notice being stolen (1996)

flame06.txt

The Renegade Chemist Resigns from Razor 1911 and Says Goodbye to Everyone (1992)

flame07.txt

The Punisher Quits from Razor 1911 (1998)

flame08.txt

Cool hand Complans About the Scene and What People Are Doing Wrong in the Scene (1991)

flame09.txt

Cool Hand Discusses the Legalities of Pirating Software

gatesletter.txt

An Open Letter to Hobbyists, by William Henry Gates III (February 3, 1976)

groups

Review of Other Pirate Groups by Bizzare Types of Wares

hackterm.txt

HEAT: Hacker Acronyms by Rad Man of HEaT V.2.10

hit-mem.app

Application for Membership to Hired International Terrorists, Inc. (1994)

hit-site.app

Site Application for Hired International Terrorists, Inc. (1994)

humble.txt

Note from The Humble Guys To All Their Fans

i_retire.txt

The Retirement of the Slavelord of OFG (1992)

iaad.txt

How Pirate BBSs Impact on the Entire Atari Community

inc2-nfo.txt

Zodact Explains Why The Ghost and The Surge have Left Razor

insan4.txt

'Lamer Pirate Magazines, Etc... by the Grim Reaper

introduction

Toast's Introduction to his .NFO File Archive, April 1, 1998

Toast introduces you to his .nfo collection. Now, in the interim time, I've done a LOT of describing, editing, and restructuring of the thousands of files he had, but without his incredible work, I'd have nothing to show for this section. Thank you!

krack.txt

Piracy By Teachers?

legal.txt

The Final Fantacy BBS Legal Information

legalgwn.hac

Bob MacKenzie talks about legal archiving of your own software

manifest.-6

The Pirate's Manifesto Version VII (July 7, 1994)

manifest.-7

Pirate's Manifesto VIII, Released 20 July 1994

menace.nfo

MEMBERSHIP LIST: The Menace Couriers

morebust.nfo

Announcement of Being Busted by Static (January 31, 1992)

narcwtch.01

NARCs of the Week: Mister Muff and Dark prophet of CIA (June 26, 1995)

nopirate.txt

Thou Shall Not Dupe: A Flier Presented by ADAPSO, Typed in by Eight Ball

notes.txt

ManHunter's Notes for Contacting Him About His Trainers

os2crack.txt

How to Crack OS/@ Warp Test CD-ROM With Its Own Files by The Positive Force

overkil2.txt

Newsletter for the Group OVERKILL

overkill.txt

Information File for the Group OVERKILL

pc-bust.txt

The Cops Are Busting Swedish Pirate Boards (1992)

pir1.txt

Software Piracy Rampant, Survey Shows (Computer World June 1990)

piracy

Software Piracy: An Alternative View, by Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (March 5, 199)

piracy.asc

What is Piracy? By Ron J. Goodman

piracy.txt

The Software Piracy Bluff, by John C. Dvorak (May 12, 1992)

pirate.ana

A List of Ripped-Off "Freeware" (1985)

protect.fun

Point/Counterpoint for Copy Protection

psyche.pirate

Psychology of the Software Pirate, by The Beast

qmaster.top

Tired of Protection (TOP)'s Crack for Quest Master

ragz.revenge.txt

Some Rags on the Pirate Apple Pirate Scene, by The Triton and Touch Tone

ragz.txt

The Rag Part II, by The Unknown Elite from The Bunnymen (1987)

real.cracker.txt

The Real Cracker's Guide, by One Eye of the 1200 Club (1985)

realbust.hac

NotSoHumble Babe got busted, and she says goodbye.

realpirates2.txt

The Real Pirate's Guide II by Ctrl-Reset

ren-94.nfo

Tag File with the Staff of Renaissance (August 20, 1993)

ren-true.txt

The Official Truth About Renaissance by Charles S

rotsite.txt

The Reign of Terror Site Summary (April 3rd, 1993)

rtahacker.tag

Tag File for the Anti Lamers Foundation

rzrcdrom.txt

The Razor 1911 Tenth Anniversary CD-ROM: The Best of the Best! (1995)

safter.txt

The Scene as I See It, and a Warning to All My Modem Acquaintances by Sought After (February 3, 1992)

smgone.txt

The Shadow Master Calls It Quits (1995) (With Goodbye List)

snelle.txt

A Letter to Snelle Regarding Mr. Muff and The Dark Prophet, from Valgamon (June 21, 1995)

starcon2.top

The Mad Doctor Bitches about a Particularly Tough Crack

tdt-bust.nfo

The Dream Team Goes Down in Flames, by Pepsi Man

tdtlame.txt

RAZOR 1911 Explains why TDT are Lame

thescene.txt

The History of the PC Piracy Scene, by Ipggi (April, 1999)

thetruth.txt

The Truth about Rapier and Some of Their People (Claims that the "code" of the Piracy World Has been Broken)

tlc.nfo

NFO: TLC: The True to Life Couriers

toastcol.tag

Tag File for Toast's Compilation of .NFO Files (January 23, 1998)

tr0-001.txt

SPAvin Bastardz, From The Ruthless Organization by Gangsta (November 23, 1995)

truth.txt

A Brief Explanation of What's Been Happening with INC (Piracy Group)

ttruth.txt

The Truth about Triton by The Martyr (1987)

unt.nfo

NFO: The Untouchables Membership List

usabust.txt

The Full Stories of the USA Busts of the Grim Reaper and the Not So Humble Babe

vote.txt

Voting Sheet for the Best Pirating Groups, 1996

ware0495.txt

The April '95 Ware Report, by The Renegade Chemist

ware0795.txt

The July '95 Ware Report, by The Renegade Chemist

warez-faq1

The Lamahs-Guide to Pirating Software on the Internet 1994

warez.txt

The Lamah's Guide to Pirating Software on the Internet (December 25, 1994)

warezbst.txt

AP Newswrite Story on the Bust of David LaMacchia on Piracy Charges

warezfaq.txt

FAQ: The Usenet Warez FAQ Version 2.1.1 (November 22, 1997)

warezwars.txt

WAREZ Wars: For the Inner Circle, Cracking Software is a Challenge, by David McCandless

wheel.txt

Creating a Codewheel for a Computer Game out of Paper Plates

Important Credit: A majority portion of these files came from a site called the Defacto2 Scene Archive, and were acquired and saved by the folks of that group. They've done a wonderful job on the site, and it is highly reccommended that you check it out.

http://www.defacto2.net/scene-archive/

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