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OEM Music Software - Don't Fall For It!

Post by Martin Walker »

We've had quite a few discussions about various 'Cheap OEM' web sites on the SOS Forums recently, and they trade on the confusion that the term OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) seems to generate (largely because so many PC hardware/software sites offer both Retail and slightly cheaper OEM versions of products that come without extras, manuals, and so on).

Sadly some people fall for it, and even think they are paying for the real thing, so rather than start any more threads with links to dodgy web sites offering software at amazingly low prices, have a read of some of these existing threads instead:

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=667699

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=716268

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=710691

www.soundonsound.com/forum/showflat.php ... ber=720714

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Post by benton »

Ive seen this fish before. Nice job on the heads up!
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Post by NickDawes »

Really useful to know, thanks for the post!
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Post by DaleSmith »

Cracked software is what it is. The sites do make it look legal, and people do buy them in good faith.
The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290545082057&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT#ht_1058wt_1141

for example

:madas:
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Post by hollowsun »

DaleSmith wrote:The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.


You seem to be under the impression that eBay actually give a sh!t. They don't!

Impudent wastrels sell my free sound library stuff on the Bay of E claiming it to be their own work ... and eBay couldn't give a toss and you have to leap through hoops and suck pebbles through a straw to prove your copyright. It takes so bloody long that the feckers have long gone by the time eBay start to take notice by which time it's too late.

And when it happens again, you have to start all over again!

As long as eBay get their sales commission, they couldn't care less! Image
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Post by Henry Mark1 »

Nice post. Thanks for sharing this useful resource here with us.
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Post by Stoney »

So is this legitimate?:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/XP-PROFESSIONAL-SP3-Windows-Professional/dp/B002ORYHKQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350746057&sr=8-1

I thought I was buying a genuine copy from amazon - but it says OEM on the package...
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Post by James Perrett »

Windows XP is legitimately available as OEM software provided it is sold with hardware - hence the odd reference to hardware in that listing.

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Post by Stoney »

No hardware with it - just CD and booklet
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Post by Skerrick »

DaleSmith wrote:Cracked software is what it is. The sites do make it look legal, and people do buy them in good faith.
The amount of people doing it on ebay is amazing. I thought they would have tighter rules on this kinda thing.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2905450...

for example

:madas:


yeah man i bought a sample pack for like $4 off ebay that had all the kick drums, hats snares etc from reason, logic, maschine, ableton, fl and cubase... :s
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Post by Dr60hz »

Nice post Martin. I am new to the forum and I like that people look out for each other here. I have been working with audio for almost 30 years now and the only advice I can add regarding software is, buy it directly from the manufacturer. Go to Waves or whatever company it is that makes what you are looking to purchase, and purchase it from them directly and you can't go wrong.
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Post by Martin Walker »

Hi Richard, and welcome to the SOS Forums! 8-)

Yes, we like to look out for forum users, SOS readers and software developers alike here :D

We're all musicians after all!

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