ISO's on website for free download

  Balloonatic 11 Nov 09
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Hi all,

Can any one tell me if it is legal or illegal to have a website with back up copies of software (iso's etc) for free download.

I am not talking about "cracked" software or the inclusion of serial numbers etc, just a simply copy of the software disc.

I, like many, have program disk's which have got scrathed etc and are useless when it comes to format/reinstall etc and being able to download the ISO free of charge would be a perfect solution to use with your 'already paid for' serial number etc.

  Forum Editor 11 Nov 09

such a service would be a contravention of the copyright act. You would be distributing the software, and that's illegal, unless you have the prior consent of the copyright holder (the software companies).

You can make a back-up copy of software for your personal use, but that's as far as it goes - you mustn't provide copies to other people, and you certainly mustn't offer them to the world at large via a website.

  Balloonatic 12 Nov 09

Thanks for the advice. I was looking at a website recently called "oldversions.com" thats what gave me the idea.

  Ansolan 13 Nov 09

Believe you will find the site you mentioned doesn't offer much in the way of software, just one in a chain of affiliate sites they run and not great to mimic in many ways.

The sound advice you were offered on copyright makes far more sense than their model.

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