Yesterday, we ran an article about a short program that had been written, designed to download ComiXology comics files that had been paid for, and keep them permanently on your desktop. And of a post on Reddit that detailed the operation succinctly.
The post was swiftly deleted. Its author writes;
Yeah, that was me. I was contacted by comiXology and was asked to remove the post. I figured doing what they wanted was a better deal than getting everyone banned from their accounts (apparently the program produced a unique and identifiable request on their end). In hindsight, posting it to Reddit probably wasn’t the best idea.
It really sucks; I spent a good two weeks working on that thing, and now I can’t even backup my own stuff. :(
What really sucks is as soon as they told me they could track it, I knew where in the code I had goofed. I’m pretty sure I’ve fixed it now, but I’d rather not take the chance.
Yeah, I was pretty stupid. I don’t really know what I was expecting to happen; I mean, someone had to contact them eventually, right? And for some moronic reason I even put my real name (seriously, wtf?) in the file header… I guess I was just proud of my work, what can I say.
One response spoke a lot of sense;
And just a reminder, Bleeding Cool poster jacob# wrote;
Adobe Digital Editions 1.7.1 Release Notes – “s of March 30, 2009 Adobe de-activated the support in the Adobe Content Server 3 activation server such that no new instances of Acrobat or Reader could be activated.”