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Two Americans pleaded guilty today to selling $6m worth of counterfeit software over eBay. In 2003 and 2004 Robert Koster of Jonesboro, Arkansas auctioned more than $5m worth of counterfeit factory management software from Rockwell Automation, for a personal profit of $23,000. Also in 2003 and 2004 Yutaka Yamamoto of Pico …

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Does eBay have to return final value fees on this?

eBay makes a fee based on the value of goods sold. This seems like a nice chunk of change. Does eBay have to return it? If so, to whom? If not, isn't keeping the proceeds of illegal activity...err, illegal?

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Ebay, refund, I doubt it.....

I think you may have made an error by thinking that a big corporation has to abide by the same laws as us lowly consumers.

I would have thought they would wriggle out of it by claiming that they do not take a percentage of the sale itself, but make a charge for their services based on the value of the item. If they where literarly taking x percent from a paypal transaction, then I guess they would be profiting directly from crime.

Personally I prefer to buy my stolen goods from a Pete Docherty look-a-like in the pub, he did say he could could get "anyfink you wan't geezer" but I'm not sure he meant factory management software...

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Still alternatives

Still Amazon is available if people are keen to get ripped off with dodgy 3rd party associates selling counterfeit goods. :-)

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And the others?

Let's see, Rockwell automation is software is used by how many people? I can still get W2K OEM, all I have to do is buy a DIMM that may or may not work. There's certainly a lot of pirated MS software on eBay. Are they next in line?

I wonder if there will become a "standard" court for software piracy, just like there is for patent disputes.

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Rotten return

Seems a poor scam that only makes $26k from $5m-worth of software (about 0.5%). How did they counterfeit it - write it out by hand?

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