Drink Or Die member (Tim) interview

But Dowd denied being involved in software piracy and said he never downloaded anything for personal gain. “I honestly believe that if you are using software you should buy it,” he said, adding that this was DOD’s ethos too. Dowd claimed he only downloaded software so he could try it out to see if it was any good before deciding whether to buy his own copy.

He said he joined DOD in March 2000 after being invited by a member called Andrew Eardley, who used the internet nickname Maverick.
BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/4288931.stm

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