Recently a nulled version of the Stallion WordPress SEO Theme was released on blackhatteam.com the BlackHat SEO Forum by the user Taur. I was impressed with how Taur nulled Stallion, thought it would be harder to null.
Taur’s nulled free download version (based on Stallion version 6.2) that he had uploaded to file sharing sites such as Badongo, Depositfiles, Filefactory, Fileserve, Filesonic, Freakshare, Hotfile, Mediafire, Megaupload, Multiupload, Rapidshare, Uploaded, Uploadstation, Wupload, Ziddu (not found it on Torrents yet) had removed the need for full activation, basically rather than adding an active Stallion ID (which costs $70) you could enter anything you like.
The Stallion WordPress SEO theme includes a LOT of copyright material and using nulled Stallion is infringing my copyright hundreds of times which I must act on. If a copyright owner doesn’t pursue copyright infringement’s it weakens their copyright. We’ve all seen dumb ass moves by the likes of Microsoft and other big companies to protect their copyright, they have no choice, they have to act on all copyright infringement’s they are aware of (they can’t pick and choose good/bad infringement, copyright law doesn’t work that way).
I’ll be hardening the Stallion activation system in a future release without impacting on the user experience.
There’s no way I can stop the propagation of the nulled version of Stallion (Pandora’s Box is Open), thousands of people already have a copy of the zip file and they will periodically upload it to filesharing services like Badongo, Depositfiles, Filefactory, Fileserve, Filesonic, Freakshare, Hotfile, Mediafire, Megaupload, Multiupload, Rapidshare, Uploaded, Uploadstation, Wupload, Ziddu etc… My task is putting off people like you (you probably found your way here looking for the Stallion theme for free) from using the nulled version.
For those using nulled Stallion please be aware I am aware of ALL domains running nulled Stallion, I have several methods for passively tracking Stallion users. It’s nothing untoward (I have no access to your sites or anything like that, I know all domains running Stallion and if they purchased an ID or not). I haven’t used this list before, this is the first time I’ve had to even look at the list of domains running Stallion and wouldn’t use it for anything untoward (not that there’s anything bad I could use it for, it’s just a list of URLs).
Anyway, like I touched on above as the copyright owner I must act to protect my copyrighted material. I will therefore be issuing DMCA Notices to the hosts of domains running the nulled version of Stallion. In my experience (personal experience see: Godaddy Copyright Infringement Policy) your host is likely to take down your hosting account or entire server (as you can read above I had 69 domains taken offline because of one article!). If your host doesn’t respect DMCA notices (some offshore hosts don’t) the next step would be sending DMCA notices to Google Search and Google AdSense (if you run AdSense) which since using Stallion nulled is a sitewide (or at least WordPress wide) copyright infringement could result in your entire site being removed from Google search and your AdSense account banned (assuming you use AdSense).
I could pursue copyright infringement through the courts and each infringement could be liable for large fines and compensation, although I reserve my right to later court action I currently have no plans to seek legal remedies: I want nulled Stallion installations removed or paid for, that’s it.
I don’t want to waste my time protecting my copyright, please if you are currently running a nulled version of Stallion I recommend you either remove it from your server immediately or purchase Stallion and install the legal version and drop me an email with the domain(s) you had nulled Stallion running on so I can remove those domains from the DMCA notice list.
I’ll be compiling lists of nulled Stallion running domains in bulk to send DMCA notices once a month, please don’t be on it.
For those wanting to test Stallion before purchase you can already download the full release of Stallion from the Aweber mailing list (join it on the right menu), you get access to Stallion minus an active ID. I’m considering adding a test Stallion ID that works, but disables some features so more features can be tested before purchase.
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