These things have happened ever since there were programs
Mid to late 80's:
whilst you're confessing about your activities at Micro User shows in the 80s, are you also going to confess to the real reason you were so keen to try your custom "graphics demo" floppy on various stands?
As it happens I was referring to your "graphics demo" floppy that quietly downloaded any ROM images from the host machine, whilst it displayed a series of pretty graphics. You had a series of excuses to offer to the staff on the stands to cover why the floppy drive was being constantly accessed
Slightly edited it to make more sense here.
Came up in a mailing list I subscribe to (and occasionally read), the discussion was actually nothing to do with this subject at all, merely someone decided to express themselves I guess. The rom images were software (as on these machines it was common to offer them in rom form to prevent copying and utilities usually were rom form anyway)
I do remember previously to this, when software came on cassette (!) , tape to tape was quite prolific (and no I did not have any, before anyone asks) even back then. Software manufacturers came up with ever more ingenious methods of preventing it, Lenslok (Google for is) was probably one of their best ideas, unfortunately it did not take people long to simply circumvent said system out of the code.
Was just surprised at this 'statement' really, given what the 'demo' was actually doing.