KISS Videos Removed Due To Copyright Claims

from the sue-'em-all dept

We noted recently that Kiss's Gene Simmons has (not for the first time) declared war on people who infringe on his copyrights, declaring that they should all be sued and that:
Every little college kid, every freshly-scrubbed little kid's face should have been sued off the face of the earth. They should have taken their houses and cars and nipped it right there in the beginning. Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work.
Of course, that resulted in the "group" Anonymous taking down his website, which resulted in more angry claims from Simmons. So, it's interesting to note, via THREsq, that the official KISS YouTube channel has apparently been taken down for copyright infringement, leading to videos embedded on the band's official website to show the following message:
Kiss video
Oops. At first I wondered if this was more work of Anonymous, submitting bogus copyright claims to take down the videos, but the company involved, S'More Entertainment, does appear to be a legitimate company that supposedly holds the rights to a bunch of music videos, which suggests perhaps it has a claim on some of those videos. I'm not convinced that the takedowns are legit just yet, but that certainly would be quite ironic if Simmons and KISS got caught for copyright infringement themselves, following Simmons' own statements.


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    Dark Helmet (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:07pm

    ....

    "the company involved, S'More Entertainment, does appear to be a legitimate company"

    A quick Google search is...well....odd. Most of the stuff that comes up about them concerns a 1950's show called "Mr. Peepers" and an R rated movie called "Fugitive Girls".

    Mr. Peepers....and Fugitive Girls.

    I think I may like this company....

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:07pm

    A dose of his own medicine would do Simmons no end of good.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:11pm

    KISS sucks.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:15pm

    The Paul Lynde Halloween Special performances maybe?

    http://www.smoreent.com/press_releases/pr.lynde.pdf

     

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    Free Capitalist (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:37pm

    Re: ....

    Mr. Peepers....and Fugitive Girls.

    That is 'Rock' in a nutshell. Gene, take notes.

     

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    Haywood (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:48pm

    Good maybe irrelevanced

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:49pm

    Arny Schorr, President

     

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    PRMan, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 12:53pm

    I think...

    I think they should take all his houses and cars...

     

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    Alias (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 1:02pm

    Irony

    [Nelson] HAW HAW! [/Nelson]

     

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    Dark Helmet (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 1:08pm

    Re: I think...

    The consequences will never be the same....

     

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    latin angel (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 2:40pm

    Re:

    Captain obvious !! at the rescue...

     

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    Matthew Krum, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 2:49pm

    Don't sue me Gene..

    I want to copyright all night....and litigate every day!
    He's a douche.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 2:56pm

    KISS My ASS Gene

    ...and while you are down there give my asshole a good once-over with that long tongue of yours.

     

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    Daemon_ZOGG, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 3:17pm

    "..Those kids are putting 100,000 to a million people out of work."

    Don't worry Gene. Obama says that Off-Shoring those lost jobs along with the rest of ours is "A-OK" in his book! Hey Gene, maybe you and VP Biden could have a sleep-over at the White House. You'll have to bring your own bed, since the riaa and the mpaa already have priority residents in the Lincoln bedroom.
    }:P KISS SUX.

     

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 3:57pm

    http://thesilvertongueonline.com/?p=19032

    wow, im wondering if maybe he has had a stroke or something that would typically befall old farts...perhaps he has beginning stages alzheimer syndrome? or perhaps this is his version of "get off my lawn" syndrome.

     

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    Pixelation, Nov 8th, 2010 @ 5:12pm

    Re: KISS My ASS Gene

    Dude, that is just so wrong. I hope that image finds it's way out of my head.

    Just a little "KISS" on the ass of S'more Entertainment Gene.

     

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    Tom Landry (profile), Nov 8th, 2010 @ 10:08pm

    They should be taken down not because of any copyright issue but because the music is abysmal.

     

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    Overtkill (profile), Nov 9th, 2010 @ 9:52am

    ...and "Stuff costs more than it used to." I would add that his social security check is late, but in his case, just the check is late would get somebody sued.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Nov 9th, 2010 @ 11:39am

    I bet if you were to look in depth at all of the music videos released by kiss, gene's sex tape, the lyrics, the published photographs, the endorsed books, etc... you could find thousands of examples of infringement. I'd be surprised if Anonymous wasn't already doing this, and supplying the copyright holders with the examples. I say, stack up the hypocrisy and show him why the system is broken even when you are trying to play by the rules.

    His wife did it with her book, using photographs she didn't own rights to... http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2007/04/14/photographer_may_sue_gene_simmons_longti

    Oh, and I hereby propose that KISS now officially stands for Knights In Service of Stupid.

     

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