I have had this come up now and then,
where a channel owner and/or an op are not registered.
I'll assume that by registered, you meant registering their mIRC.
Some of these folks will even teach people how to continue using the program on a trial basis, for years on end.
I think it would be really great if someone would require
that channel owners and their ops be registered and licensed users.
Which channels are you talking about? All channels in the world?
I paid for my license, because I realized just how much work went,
into this, and that is continues to be upgraded.
It is really unpleasant to have someone who is pirating as it were, setting standards and enforcing them.
Does pirating have anything to do with this? On another topic, I thought pirating mIRCs were in fact, illegal, just that, not much is done to it. For example, it's against the law to include a "plain" mIRC in a .zip file along with other stuff.
Is there anything that can be done about this?
Wish I knew.
I was in a discussion that it is against the law to not register for your mIRC, but Efnet #mIRC staff told me that Khaled himself refuses to enforce that (he would be going against dead people and children).