Why I will not use Eltima software products: So I understand that Folx is a torrent client and that's fine, there is nothing legally or morally wrong with that. But on the Eltima site it blatantly and overtly provides links AS WELL AS current working proxy links to PirateBay, RARGG and other popular torrent sites. AND on top of that prefaces this information by openly stating quote:
"Millions of User can Once Again Access TPB Proxy in 2018
The Pirate Bay website is the best source where you can download torrents with your favourite movies, games, tv series or music. If the Pirate Bay is blocked by your Internet Service Provider or you’re unable to access it for any reason, simply access one of the Pirate Bay Proxy sites. You will get instant access through The Pirate Bay mirror so you can download all the media content you need." Translation, here's where you can go to use our software to obtain really cool stuff like movies and music, ALL the stuff you want [without paying for it]. Eltima even continually updates the page with the links with status (check mark) showing which proxies are currently working or not; and we know that proxies for TPB change constantly as they try to stay one step ahead of legal authorities to shut it down.
Now sure there are torrents on TPB that cover legal downloadable content., but we all know the vast majority of content on TPB, RARGB etc is copyrighted material that is not legal to download. And don't give me that argument that torrent sites aren't doing anything wrong because they don't actually host the content, only provide links to it. Supporters just use that to ease their conscience to convince themselves they aren't 'really' criminals because they don't actually 'handle' the stolen goods directly. Because the courts have already stated that it is a bogus argument and rightfully so. If a person hosts a site that told you were you can illegally obtain narcotic drugs and firearms, and enabled buyers and sellers to get together, it would breaking the law. If someone asks you that they want to buy some drugs and you give them a phone number to a dealer, directions to a meth house, or a name, you are breaking the law. So if you facilitate the exchange of and distribution of copyrighted media without consent of the owner, you are breaking the law, period, whether you handle the material directly or not.
I've no objection to Eltima selling a torrent client software, but to openly facilitate and promote torrent sites, explicitly guide a person to where they can go, that engage primarily in the illegal exchange of copyrighted content, is just too blatant. I won't post link to Eltima where this info is posted, because then I would just be aiding and abetting, but just do a simple Google search for "eltima software pirate bay". You will also find posted info on Eltima on how to get around ISP blocking of torrent sites, Top Ten sites to download movies, and more.
This is no different than if I was a legal seller of ammunition, posting information on where you can illegally obtain firearms, just to promote my business so I could sell ammo to people using illegally obtained firearms that I helped them in acquiring.
Even other torrent software makers are not that blatant at thumbing their nose at the law; I don't know of uTorrent, Transmission, qbittorrent, Vuze, etc or any other torrent software maker that openly encourages and provides access to torrent hosting sites, AS WELL AS PROVIDE and update current proxy links and informaiton. Some may argue this is no different that offering a torrent search feature; I disagree and so do the courts. Search engines are broad and general, and only report back what is technically already available for anyone to find on their own. The difference here is that Eltima is specifically linking too and calling out by name specific torrent sites AND promoting the fact that one can obtain "all the media content you need" quote, knowing full well that the vast majority of that content is copyright protected.
I've been in the tech business over 40 years, and have seen the negative impact of software piracy and loss of intellectual and creative property and rights. Eltima is guilty of the worst crime, they are potentially selling out other software vendors to make their own profit. "Buy Folx, go HERE and steal software from our competitors and other software vendors, we don't care as long as you PAY for our product."