I was waiting for a response to my question before 'advising'.
I believe my views on this topic are more than advertised throughout the forum, you shouldn't have to look too far. It is not just the illegality, however, I do not like to see mIRC being used like a hybrid KaZaa and it angers me when people are so ignorant that they don't even know what 'IRC' means (not saying the original poster of this thread doesn't, but I see plenty of people in #mIRC channels who have no idea).
This is not going to turn into another 'discuss the rights and wrongs of forum policy' threads. If you really feel this odd urge to discuss my views, feel free to private message me, but I think they are made perfectly clear, and you're not going to get any different answers out of me!