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Old 10-04-2001, 05:15 PM   #1
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Arrow What is your policy with my TheftWare & Hijacking application/techniques?

Zero tolerance. Please leave geek/talk and do not return.

An exstract from our Rules and Posting Guide:

TheftWare & Hijacking Member Notice: We have two Forums (StopScum & StopScum Screen Captures) devoted to fighting and eliminating Contextual Advertising aka TheftWare and it's negative financial and moral implications for all Merchants and Publishers. My StopScum site is also devoted to fighting this issue. Some folks like to use the words "Predatory Advertising" or ScumWare to describe this. Our definition for all of these terms is: any individual and or company who is directly or indirectly engaged in a method/technology which creates/distributes and or overlays links, banners, popups, new windows, and any other method/technology to generate traffic from a web site without that web site owner's prior written permission and these methods do not share any of their revenue with the site owners. In some cases, they alter the contents of a PG site with Adult and or Gambling links which the owner of the site would never permit. Other methods include popping an advertisement over other people's websites, without their permission or revenue sharing.

Hijacking Surfers: We consider Hijacking the same as an "exploit and our procedures are exactly the same. If "you" use, create, or benefit from the use of JavaScript, ActiveX, or any language, technology, or procedure to modify a surfers/visitors browser settings without their express permission, notice, and an option to deny this procedure, we consider you a "Hijacker/Exploiter". We find all of these actions morally and ethically reprehensible.

Given the complexity of this issue and determining exactly who is involved, our procedures for any Member who is directly or indirectly engaged in TheftWare and or Hijacking may be one and or all of the following:

1) You will be immediately banned and all your posts removed from geek/talk. Please note, we do not issue warnings. This action is not negotiable and we will not respond to your emails and or form submissions on our actions.

2) We may ask you to explain your procedures in a post which other members may read and fully disclose the details of your technology and procedures.

3) We may conduct our own private investigation on your procedures and techniques and arrive at our own conclusions. We may or may not take action.

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