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October 25, 2013

bobbycaputo says: I think my last message got cut off: I heard the DCMA notices were actually spam of some sort and not from Tumblr/record labels. Apparently this is why some people are receiving the notices despite them not actually having the music mentioned in the email on their blog. Whether this is true or not I don't know.

helms-deep:

I spent a bit of time searching the DMCA tag this morning, and it seems like the notices are legit, with some people even receiving responses to Tumblr about it. I also read several posts from people who received them regarding artists they never posted music from, which again is strange. Sounds like this organization is doing a lot of blanket notices using some sort of algorithm, but not going to the trouble of determining which specific artist they represent has had their copyright “violated”.

It’s all kind of bonkers.

In regards to this issue (we received one of these notices too, for a Cass McCombs song—which by the way, has nothing to do with Radiohead, the Spice Girls, Daughtry or anyone else besides Cass McCombs), the person listed as the requester is Jeremy Banks, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’s director of anti-piracy initiatives. He’s an actual real human being who does this sort of thing for a living. If you’re offended by Banks’ poorly-executed campaign against Tumblr sites, I highly recommend you yell at them on Twitter. — Ernie @ SFB

11:39 // 10 months ago
April 29, 2013
Score one for the big guy: The developers of Game Dev Tycoon, a video game simulating the process of making video games, have a pretty wicked sense of humor. The company, Greenheart Games, launched a “cracked” version of the game on torrent sites, and within in couple of hours of playing the game, something clever happens: Developer profits drop in the game until the game company goes bankrupt … due to piracy. Guess they have a point. (via The Verge)

Score one for the big guy: The developers of Game Dev Tycoon, a video game simulating the process of making video games, have a pretty wicked sense of humor. The company, Greenheart Games, launched a “cracked” version of the game on torrent sites, and within in couple of hours of playing the game, something clever happens: Developer profits drop in the game until the game company goes bankrupt … due to piracy. Guess they have a point. (via The Verge)

22:35 // 1 year ago
February 25, 2013
19:45 // 1 year ago
October 3, 2012
When SOPA-PIPA blew up, it was a transformative event. There were eight million e-mails [to elected representatives] in two days. People were dropping their names as co-sponsors within minutes, not hours.
MPAA CEO Chris Dodd • Discussing the aftermath of the death of SOPA/PIPA during a speech at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Tuesday night. While the former Democratic senator didn’t seem thrilled to discuss the topic, attendees seemed unwilling to let Dodd avoid the subject. Eventually, Dodd did say he felt that portrayals of the bills’ reach was “over the top”, but also said, in no uncertain terms, that they would not return in the future. “These bills are dead, they’re not coming back,” said Dodd, adding, “And they shouldn’t. I think we’re better served by sitting down [with the tech sector and SOPA opponents] and seeing what we agree on.”  source
17:03 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012

New Zealand court unfreezes more than $5 million in Dotcom assets

  • $800,000 released to cover rent on Kim Dotcom’s New Zealand mansion through the end of February 2013
  • $4.83M also released to cover Dotcom’s other expenses, including legal fees nearing the $250,000 mark source

» It ain’t easy being rich: Oh wait, clearly, it is. In addition to the $5 million unfrozen by the New Zealand court, Dotcom has also been given permission to sell nine luxury vehicles; most notably, a custom modified 2009 Mercedes E500 and 2008 Rolls Royce Coupe. All of this, of course, is separate from a court ruling earlier this month which also granted Mr. Dotcom with a monthly stipend of $48,300 for living expenses, medical expenses, and legal fees. Our hearts go out to Kim Dotcom. Sounds like he’s really suffering.

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17:07 // 1 year ago
July 24, 2012

South Korean officials raid company suspected of Nintendo piracy

  • 25 suspects arrested for allegedly selling pirated software for the portable Nintendo DS
  • 90,000 pirated games and flash cart piracy devices were sold by the company since opening in April
  • $87M  worth of merchandise was sold before South Korean officials raided the company source
16:48 // 2 years ago
April 20, 2012
19:15 // 2 years ago
March 28, 2012
More problems await Rupert Murdoch in Australia
News Corp is facing a new round of allegations, claiming the company promoted piracy, in the country where CEO Rupert Murdoch was born. According to the Australian Financial Times, a publication owned by News Corp-rival Fairfax,  a four year investigation unearthed promotion of high-tech pirating of Austar and Optus broadcasts. When reached for comment, a spokeswoman for Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said, “these are serious allegations, and any allegations of criminal activity should be referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation.” (Photo by World Economic Forum) source
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News Corp is facing a new round of allegations, claiming the company promoted piracy, in the country where CEO Rupert Murdoch was born. According to the Australian Financial Times, a publication owned by News Corp-rival Fairfax,  a four year investigation unearthed promotion of high-tech pirating of Austar and Optus broadcasts. When reached for comment, a spokeswoman for Australian Communications Minister Stephen Conroy said, “these are serious allegations, and any allegations of criminal activity should be referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation.” (Photo by World Economic Forum) source

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12:43 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2012
Hopefully that was a one-time experience that came from a lot of different things coming together where a lot of different people came to the conclusion that this was a terrible piece of legislation.
RIAA head Cary Sherman • Discussing the experience of SOPA and his hopes that the mass online protests won’t repeat. Yeah, internet, we should prove him wrong — by, for example, spreading this quote!
10:26 // 2 years ago
January 30, 2012
2:23 // 2 years ago