Wakeman: "Since he had failed to return the CD which was the property of VA not Mr Torren's anymore."
How does that square with this quote, then...?
VA: "It's quite clear from his posting that, although he has indeed finally returned the product, he has kept a copy of it."
How do they know he has a copy of it? I know Mr Torrens acted in a somewhat ill-advised fashion by advertising his desire to crack the protection, but how can Mr Timbrell be certain? Does he want an audit?
Wakeman: "To all the comments about we don't need copy protection, I will say two things, one I would before we did not need it, but clearly we do, becuase there are pirates in the RISC OS scene."
What you're supposedly describing is copyright infringement, not piracy. But anyway, what the diminishing RISC OS scene needs is people to actually invest in software that they subsequently have a stake in (think Firefox but more collective) rather than paying out licence fees to unimaginative outfits who then mess everyone around with their dated copy-protection schemes, only to see everything stop working when said outfits retire, give up or go under.
VA: "He has been told repeatedly that we don't want him as a customer. He has been offered a refund repeatedly, but has declined, so there isn't much more I can do."
Yes, why not just sit on the fence and enjoy the BSA-funded legislation that lets you escape various long-established norms of trading?