Eddy Deegan wrote:In addition to the edit made above, a discussion has been held by the moderation team.
Moderators of SOS forum,
I thank you for your clarifications and I sincerely apologize. I posted the links in good faith and I had not read entirely the rules of your forum. I had no intention of committing theft or helping others to do so. I was assuming (wrongly) that the authors and the publishers were aware of these material being released and I had not idea the site linked was an illegal one.
In my moral conscience, it is clear that copying and sharing copyrighted material is normally illegal, although there are obviously exceptions and circumstances to consider. For example, there are websites where downloading is perfectly legal because the books are freely granted to the public by the legitimate authors. There are different national laws and cultures that influence our moral judgment. Sometimes, for personal or educational use, it is allowed to download or copy or use copyrighted material, like in public libraries for example (in Italy it is allowed to photocopy for personal use up to 15% of copyrighted books legally, without any permission from the author or publisher). There are publishers who make willingly available for free at least a few books (especially the outdated versions) of their catalogue, in order to promote their brand, as typically plugin manufacturers have something free to attract customers. You have yourself a great amount of free resources on your website and with great generosity you are offering your beautiful magazine to read for free in this period. I am really thankful of this, this is not something to be taken for granted but an authentic sign of generosity on your part, which will certainly produce a greater attachment of all your customers and an increase in the esteem towards you.
I end my reply by renewing my sincerest apologies to you, to the authors-publishers I may have unintentionally harmed and to the forum members. I renew my feelings of gratitude and appreciation to you for your work. I hope to continue to be a part of your community and I will be extremely careful about the contents I post. I thank all the moderators and members of the forum, reading your contributions has already been something very fruitful.