I'm trying to decide how heavily to police something...

I've been alerted to a number of flazx links on stackoverflow that link to rapidshare downloads of copyright material (i.e. e-books).

Since the content is copyright, my instinct is that these rapidshare links are simply illegal.

The easy option is to manually replace flazx links with amazon; but: how heavily would you enforce this? (I'm trying to think how to respond to such links (especially the direct rapidshare/etc ones)... edit? removal? punitive?)


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I like the idea of replacing them with Amazon links, personally.

And if it's copyrighted material it is certainly illegal and we have historically removed links like that in the past.


I'd certainly wouldn't change it to links to Amazon but just to the name of the material. But yes, I would edit it.

  • Perhaps the publishers own page? But everyone understands what Amazon is, at least... Commented Jul 23, 2009 at 9:51

Good question.

I'd go with editing + light reprimand via comment (backed up by some quote from the SO 'rules')


There are countries were downloading copyrighted materials is not illegal, only making it available. Shocking, but true. The reasoning goes: you cannot be expected to know whether a content made available to you is copyrighted. Therefore I would comment on the questions, as I proposed here.

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