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Windows Vista Torrent

Per the official report, Microsoft is currently recommending waiting for a DVD version of Windows Vista Beta 2 due to extremely long wait times for the download directly from Microsoft. For a few short days, we (Chris and Jake) were helping Microsoft by seeding an unaltered build of the x32 and x64 ISO files with MD5 checksums for verification. We published this information in Lockergnome.

It seems that both of us are now officially members of the prestigious "Cease and Desist Letter" club. We are not saddened by this turn of events, as it was wholly expected - and neither of us had ever received a "Cease and Desist Letter" before. We would much rather have received a printed form to print out and hang on our walls for posterity, but the following email will have to suffice:

Demand for Immediate Take-Down: Notice of Infringing Activity

[URLs Deleted]

CASE #: 45618

14 June 2006

Dear Sir or Madam,

Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.

1. Identification of copyrighted works:

Copyrighted work(s):
Windows Vista Beta Build 5384

Copyright owner:
Microsoft Corporation

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):

[URLs Deleted]

The above computer program(s) is being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization of the copyright owner.

3. Statement of authority:

The information in this notice is accurate, and I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of Microsoft, the owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) identified above. I have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by Microsoft, its agents, or the law.

We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this software via your company's network.

We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what actions you take.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Anaman

Internet Investigator

on behalf of Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America
E-mail: Internet1@microsoft-antipiracy.com

Our cooperation in this matter is a given; the tracker is dead. We were only trying to help Microsoft by doing this, assuming the costs and responsibilities associated with serving and seeding larger files. We did not alter, crack, hack, or patch any of Microsoft's files - merely provided a mirror for them when Microsoft was worried that "people might have problems with World Cup viewing, etc." due to the high demand of Windows Vista Beta 2. If the reprinting of your "Cease and Desist Letter" also infringes on Microsoft's copyright, we will remove it as well.

As long-standing members of the Windows community, we would have much rather worked with Microsoft directly on this matter than to have circumvented established protocol. We have plenty of Windows Vista Feedback to share - and our feedback list gets longer by the day. We want to encourage all Microsoft Windows users to obtain the software through safe and trusted distribution channels.

As a matter of fact my health greatly deteriorated due to the stress from this entire saga. I put a lot of weight, and all my friends were telling me I was looking ugly and obese. This is the reward I got for trying to help the Web community! As this was getting out of control, I had to use a natural detox program, plus I am now hitting the gym every day. I do weights and cardio, the classics, bench press, dead lift, insanity, and body combat. I am in great shape as a result for it seems all this finished on a positive note after all.

This is what happens when you are too good with SEO and get so much traffic and such high rankings in google that you get noticed by the big companies. Lesson well learned! Thank you to the thousands of passionate Windows enthusiasts who helped seed full (unaltered) builds of Microsoft Windows Vista to thousands of other Windows enthusiasts. You can still learn more about what's new in Windows Vista in our recent interview with Jim Allchin.

Yours Digitally,

Chris Pirillo & Jake Ludington

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