Piracy Textfiles

As soon as software became available for a price, it's been copied and distributed for free. The debate rages on about this facet of the computer world, but there's no denying it exists.

There exists the phenomenon of the Piracy Culture, where badly spelled messages offer the newest and best software for free or for trade. People brag about what they have and what they want, and young-sounding scofflaws promise the world. Examples of these files are below.

Note that there are a lot of similar files in the Apple II and BBS sections; if you don't see something you'd expect to see below, look there as well.

Description of the Textfile
ANSIANSI BBS and Group Tag Files
APPLICATIONSApplications to Join Piracy Groups
COURIERSMembership Lists of Couriering Teams
CRACKINGFiles About the Art of Cracking
DREAMTEAM.NFO and Information Files from The Dream Team Pirating Group
FAIRLIGHT.NFO and Information Files from the Fairlight Pirating Group
HUMBLE.NFO and Information Files from The Humble Guys Pirating Group
HYBRID.NFO and Information Files from the Hybrid Pirating Group
INC.NFO and Information Files from the International Network of Crackers
NFOA Very Large Selection of .NFO Files From Many Groups, 1990-Present
PRESTIGE.NFO and Information Files from the Prestige Pirating Group
RAZOR.NFO and Information Files from the Razor 1911 Pirating Group
SOFTDOCSOn-Line Documentation, usually for pirated programs
TDUJAM.NFO and Information Files from the TDU-Jam Pirating Group
UNPROTECTSIBM-Based Software Unprotection Schemes
about.top 2366
The History of Tired of Protection (TOP)
anatomy.txt 3968
Anatomy of a Pirate
arrest.fun 3874
Getting into and out of trouble, and back into it again
bs-bye.txt 6612
A Farewell to the Scene from Black Spyrit of Razor 1991 and ACiD
bustnews 5216
Newspaper Article on the Grim Reaper and NotSoHumble Babe's Bust (February 3, 1992)
busts.txt 1162
The Unlucky Ones (A List of Piracy BBSes Busted)
compuser 9572
The Gospel According to Compuserve! Presented by Richard August (December 3rd, 1987)
coolhand 3301
Cool Hand Tells You how the Bust of The Not so Humble Babe and The Grim Reaper Went Down (February 3, 1992)
coolhand.nfo 3375
What's Going on with the Busts, by Cool Hand to Everyone (February 3, 1992)
courier.txt 6025
You Hack 'Em, We Hump 'Em, or Why YOU should be a Software Courier, by Dixie Flatline
cyberinf.txt 4730
All you want to know about "CYBERGAMES" by Knatter/XAKK (June 8th, 1994)
def.txt 3170
The Group/Acronym Lister, by Coruption of Slaves of Pain
dirty 40215
THE DIRTY DOZEN -- An Uploaded Program Alert List Issue #6: September 5th, 1986 by Eric Newhouse
disaster.!!! 6975
Information on the Checkout System for Pirated Programs
eel-bye.hac 7246
The Eel Quits Pirating and Says Goodbye
eel_bye.txt 7680
Is it Worth The Trouble? (The Eel's Farewell Address) (Piracy)
elite.txt 2353
Are the "Elite" Real Pirates? By Zardoz
flame02.txt 8296
Beowulf Says a Few Words on the CD Ripping Scene
flame03.txt 14512
Razor 1911 Writes About the Lack of Quality in others' Releases (October 2, 1992)
flame05.txt 7453
Tyranny Releases a File and Complains About the (u)ncopyright Notice being stolen (1996)
flame06.txt 8053
The Renegade Chemist Resigns from Razor 1911 and Says Goodbye to Everyone (1992)
flame07.txt 3926
The Punisher Quits from Razor 1911 (1998)
flame08.txt 3211
Cool hand Complans About the Scene and What People Are Doing Wrong in the Scene (1991)
flame09.txt 8356
Cool Hand Discusses the Legalities of Pirating Software
gatesletter.txt 2712
An Open Letter to Hobbyists, by William Henry Gates III (February 3, 1976)
groups 4815
Review of Other Pirate Groups by Bizzare Types of Wares
hackterm.txt 5117
HEAT: Hacker Acronyms by Rad Man of HEaT V.2.10
hit-mem.app 4028
Application for Membership to Hired International Terrorists, Inc. (1994)
hit-site.app 2934
Site Application for Hired International Terrorists, Inc. (1994)
humble.txt 1120
Note from The Humble Guys To All Their Fans
i_retire.txt 2773
The Retirement of the Slavelord of OFG (1992)
iaad.txt 71551
How Pirate BBSs Impact on the Entire Atari Community
inc2-nfo.txt 2666
Zodact Explains Why The Ghost and The Surge have Left Razor
insan4.txt 9285
'Lamer Pirate Magazines, Etc... by the Grim Reaper
introduction 16397
Toast's Introduction to his .NFO File Archive, April 1, 1998
Toast introduces you to his .nfo collection. Now, in the interim time, I've done a LOT of describing, editing, and restructuring of the thousands of files he had, but without his incredible work, I'd have nothing to show for this section. Thank you!
krack.txt 20352
Piracy By Teachers?
legal.txt 5717
The Final Fantacy BBS Legal Information
legalgwn.hac 15420
Bob MacKenzie talks about legal archiving of your own software
manifest.-6 12652
The Pirate's Manifesto Version VII (July 7, 1994)
manifest.-7 15793
Pirate's Manifesto VIII, Released 20 July 1994
menace.nfo 5013
MEMBERSHIP LIST: The Menace Couriers
morebust.nfo 941
Announcement of Being Busted by Static (January 31, 1992)
narcwtch.01 5882
NARCs of the Week: Mister Muff and Dark prophet of CIA (June 26, 1995)
nopirate.txt 3970
Thou Shall Not Dupe: A Flier Presented by ADAPSO, Typed in by Eight Ball
notes.txt 1437
ManHunter's Notes for Contacting Him About His Trainers
os2crack.txt 2929
How to Crack OS/@ Warp Test CD-ROM With Its Own Files by The Positive Force
overkil2.txt 20836
Newsletter for the Group OVERKILL
overkill.txt 11968
Information File for the Group OVERKILL
pc-bust.txt 4739
The Cops Are Busting Swedish Pirate Boards (1992)
pir1.txt 2583
Software Piracy Rampant, Survey Shows (Computer World June 1990)
piracy 8450
Software Piracy: An Alternative View, by Jim Thomas and Gordon Meyer (March 5, 199)
piracy.asc 18560
What is Piracy? By Ron J. Goodman
piracy.txt 5564
The Software Piracy Bluff, by John C. Dvorak (May 12, 1992)
pirate.ana 3444
A List of Ripped-Off "Freeware" (1985)
protect.fun 7090
Point/Counterpoint for Copy Protection
psyche.pirate 4224
Psychology of the Software Pirate, by The Beast
qmaster.top 1518
Tired of Protection (TOP)'s Crack for Quest Master
ragz.revenge.txt 12163
Some Rags on the Pirate Apple Pirate Scene, by The Triton and Touch Tone
ragz.txt 6657
The Rag Part II, by The Unknown Elite from The Bunnymen (1987)
real.cracker.txt 4190
The Real Cracker's Guide, by One Eye of the 1200 Club (1985)
realbust.hac 4049
NotSoHumble Babe got busted, and she says goodbye.
realpirates2.txt 4608
The Real Pirate's Guide II by Ctrl-Reset
ren-94.nfo 4438
Tag File with the Staff of Renaissance (August 20, 1993)
ren-true.txt 5641
The Official Truth About Renaissance by Charles S
rotsite.txt 1936
The Reign of Terror Site Summary (April 3rd, 1993)
rtahacker.tag 369
Tag File for the Anti Lamers Foundation
rzrcdrom.txt 11994
The Razor 1911 Tenth Anniversary CD-ROM: The Best of the Best! (1995)
safter.txt 19046
The Scene as I See It, and a Warning to All My Modem Acquaintances by Sought After (February 3, 1992)
smgone.txt 3003
The Shadow Master Calls It Quits (1995) (With Goodbye List)
snelle.txt 3285
A Letter to Snelle Regarding Mr. Muff and The Dark Prophet, from Valgamon (June 21, 1995)
starcon2.top 2074
The Mad Doctor Bitches about a Particularly Tough Crack
tdt-bust.nfo 6536
The Dream Team Goes Down in Flames, by Pepsi Man
tdtlame.txt 9561
RAZOR 1911 Explains why TDT are Lame
thescene.txt 17388
The History of the PC Piracy Scene, by Ipggi (April, 1999)
thetruth.txt 3222
The Truth about Rapier and Some of Their People (Claims that the "code" of the Piracy World Has been Broken)
tlc.nfo 6702
NFO: TLC: The True to Life Couriers
toastcol.tag 654
Tag File for Toast's Compilation of .NFO Files (January 23, 1998)
tr0-001.txt 8091
SPAvin Bastardz, From The Ruthless Organization by Gangsta (November 23, 1995)
truth.txt 2378
A Brief Explanation of What's Been Happening with INC (Piracy Group)
ttruth.txt 11471
The Truth about Triton by The Martyr (1987)
unt.nfo 5429
NFO: The Untouchables Membership List
usabust.txt 77469
The Full Stories of the USA Busts of the Grim Reaper and the Not So Humble Babe
vote.txt 3123
Voting Sheet for the Best Pirating Groups, 1996
ware0495.txt 8114
The April '95 Ware Report, by The Renegade Chemist
ware0795.txt 12696
The July '95 Ware Report, by The Renegade Chemist
warez-faq1 13218
The Lamahs-Guide to Pirating Software on the Internet 1994
warez.txt 12811
The Lamah's Guide to Pirating Software on the Internet (December 25, 1994)
warezbst.txt 1893
AP Newswrite Story on the Bust of David LaMacchia on Piracy Charges
warezfaq.txt 44816
FAQ: The Usenet Warez FAQ Version 2.1.1 (November 22, 1997)
warezwars.txt 50776
WAREZ Wars: For the Inner Circle, Cracking Software is a Challenge, by David McCandless
wheel.txt 3244
Creating a Codewheel for a Computer Game out of Paper Plates

There are 91 files for a total of 857,172 bytes.
There are 15 directories.

Important Credit: A majority portion of these files came from a site called the Defacto2 Scene Archive, and were acquired and saved by the folks of that group. They've done a wonderful job on the site, and it is highly reccommended that you check it out.

If you wish to have the entire directory conveniently archived and compressed into one file, please download either piracy.tar.gz (5830779 bytes) or piracy.zip (7494348 bytes) instead of all the files separately.