Philippine Record Labels Get Government To Play Whac-A-Mole With Kickass Torrents

from the no-prizes dept

Around and around we go, when the futility will stop, nobody knows. I’m referring, of course, to a large swath of government and industry groups around the world that apparently just love to play whac-a-mole with torrent sites, which don’t host infringing files. If you’re not familiar with the carnival game of the same name, it goes something like this. A mole pops out of a hole and you bludgeon that little bastard with a man-hammer. Then another one pops up from another hole. After bashing that one, another one pops out elsewhere. This goes on for exactly as much time as it takes the person playing to decide it would be much more productive to consume thirty corn dogs and puke all over themselves.

Mole in hole.
The face that launched a thousand mallets
Image source: CC BY 2.0

The latest challenger in this stupid, stupid game? The Philippines. At the request of the Filipino record industry, with some help from their US counterparts, the government seized infamous torrent tracker site Kickass Torrents. The government notes that they’re only following the lead of the United Kingdom, who similarly censored KAT back in February. So, once again, we have private industry managing to get government to act as their knee-cap hit squad. Rather, that would be a decent description if the mole wasn’t able to simply pop back up out of another hole, which it did.

Local record labels and the Philippine Association of the Recording Industry said that the torrent site was doing “irreparable damages” to the music industry and following a formal complaint the authorities resorted to seize of the main domain name. The torrent site hasn’t given up and is operating as usual under a new domain name.

In other words, this was a pointless exercise in parlor game futility. Instead of finding new ways to compete, the recording industry would rather whack away at those pesky moles. My advice? Well, I suggest, as always, corn dogs.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

You forgot:

– Use next in line domain name.

Damn pirates keep getting smarter by the minute.

They learned all the dirty tricks.

How to use LLCs as proxies for business, how to use proxies around the world, how to use fiscal paradises.

The Kickasstorrents guys are even using artwork the reminds Hollywood, those guys are really, really teasing the industry.

out_of_the_blue says:

Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

You city folk don’t know that moles are not only harmless but beneficial, aerate the soil and so on. — Oh, forgot what store you people set by appearances: bet you’re disturbed by mounds they make on your purty lawn. I kind of like them.

Anyhoo, you run with a silly metaphor so as to drop all hint that pirates stealing content could be bad in at least two ways: further dulls the minds of the thieves with empty entertainment, and prevents those who made it from getting due reward.

Just because you’re thieves who CAN steal someone else’s property doesn’t mean that you should (even if you think they still have it, whole). Stealing is corrosive to your soul. You flaunt it, though it’s nothing to be proud of in nature — let alone scale. You’re PETTY SNEAK THIEVES.

jameshogg says:

Re: Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

It is COPYRIGHT that prevents people from getting their due rewards.

I resent your implication that the copyright infringers who upload such great art to deviantArt have to surrender their rights in the name of “protecting fruits of labour”. Do you not know the definition of doublethink?

Forget copyright, push forward with assurance contracts, and stop being such a Luddite.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

And you trolly folk don’t seem to know that piracy is not only harmless (as proved by every serious study ever done) but beneficial ( as suggested by every serious study ever done), protects artists from obscurity and so on.

Oh forgot what store you people set by appearances: bet you’re disturbed by the mounds of copyright infringing activity now visible thanks to the internet but I kind of like them. After all, torrents and indexing sites etc show the power and ingenuity of regular people just trying to get things to work, simply and easily.

Just because a thief, thinks he can prevent anyone else from doing anything they want with their own property doesn’t mean that you should.
Stealing away rights of people to do what they like with things they have bought, even if that is to share it with others who would never otherwise have heard of it, aren’t sure they want to spend money on it without trying it out, or actually can’t afford to spend money on it – just because you can and because of purely “imaginary” losses that are supposed to (but don’t) occur, doesn’t mean you should.

Trying to control other people is corrosive to society and individual liberties. The **AA’s flaunt it, though it’s definitely nothing to be proud of, whether in nature or when it gets to the scale of corrupting governments and international trade agreements. There is nothing petty about the thievery going on by the legacy incumbents here.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

“I’d suggest you take this information and create the more accurate game “Whack-a-Rat,” but you’ll probably run afoul of the original copyright holder.”

You know, sadly, there was originally another Sam ‘n Max reference in the article, with “puke” being “yuke”, but it was edited out by someone who never played the game 🙁

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:5 Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

Yeah, I find it hard to pull while at work at work before lunchtime when that comment was written. I’ll be OK in 20 mins or so when I get out of here and head toward my local for a drink with my friends though, more options there.

What’s your excuse? You’re so confused by scientific facts such as timezones that the request for a citation has broken your feeble mind? You’re so inept at defending arguments that you have to fight imaginary personality defects in people when they dare to ask trolls to defend their lies with evidence?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Wrong animal. Pirates are RATS eating the seed corn.

Lying is corrosive to the soul.

So it is a safe assumption from the quantity of lies that you tell, that you have no soul left.

I guess when you lie as much as you do, eventually, you are going to start to believe in your lies.

The rest of us on the other hand, can still see your lies for what they are.

Aidian Holder says:

What's the legal theory behind this stuff?

Refresh my memory someone, please: what’s the legal theory that government’s cite when going after torrent pointer sites like KAT? I know UK & Phillipines systems are different than U.S., so give me any or all of ’em. Is it inducement? Contributory infringement? Total buffonery?

Anonymouse says:


Yeah if i was the music and video studios i would be demanding that the mpaa actually do something to earn the money they are sucking from the artists. LOL imagine the conversations.

mpaa: we are slowly stopping the pirates but it is taking time,

studios: but we are losing sales and hundreds of trillions of dollars a day…

mpaa: , we are slowly wining…

studios, we are bankrupt…

mpaa give us some more time,lol

Anonymous Coward says:

Shoplifting? Whack-a-mole.
Heroin dealing? Whack-a-mole.
Speeding? Whack-a-mole.
Tax evasion? Whack-a-mole.
Murder? Whack-a-mole.
Pickpocketing? Whack-a-mole.
Child molestation? Whack-a-mole.

But you’re right, this crime is different. It’s special, because it allows all of you cheap, freeloading, shitbags to get something for nothing.

Scott Yates (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: anon coward

Please show me where the site committed an actual crime. I can’t seem to find that anywhere.

Yes, the author brought up Whack-a-mole and used the term correctly and in-context. You however, did not. Even after I pointed this out to you, you STILL do not seem to understand the context involved.

Maybe you should go back to Sparkle Lanes and see if its your turn to roll your rock down the lane. I am not sure you are ready for another reading comprehension lesson.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Either that, or his constant obsessive anonymous posting is just getting caught as spam and held for manual review. 10+ posts in minutes on different articles with basically the same wording would get caught in such a filter, and I know from whining in the past that this site has such a filter (usually followed by the whining being made to look even more stupid a while later when the original post attempts are approved and visible). Hell, I’ve even had posts caught myself when I’ve posted a couple of links and forgot to log in. But I didn’t act like a toddler with bipolar issues when it happened, unlike the mentally disturbed subject in front of us here.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re:

Every tiome I try to comment on a pro copyright blog with polite, well researched counterpoints they NEVER show up leaving only the “copyrigth can do no wrong” comments.

And yet EVERY dissenting opinion on techdirt IS STILL VIEWABLE.

If you want to complain about censorship complain to the people on your own side that do it

horse with no name says:

Good move

I cannot think of any country that would want to be directly associated with piracy in any form. While you consider it whack-a-mole, the reality is that it’s just simple for each country to look at it and go “we don’t want to be a haven for criminal in any way”.

Don’t think of it as a whacked mole, think of it as another country off the list of places for the pirates to hide out, even virtually. The list keeps getting shorter, those moles are not reproducing.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Good move

To use your analogy, yes, they are. Ever heard of proxies? Both the pirates and the people living in those countries will use them to continue doing what they were always doing, and the industry will continue to see piracy rates until they work out the cause of piracy rather than simply try to stop the effect.

PaulT (profile) says:

Re: Good move

So, are you so stupid that you think that hiding an IP address or domain name actually stops any piracy, or so technically clueless that you don’t know how laughably trivial such blocks are for people to bypass?

If only you people would support actions that were actually effective instead of these idiotic games that only make you look stupid, and do nothing to address your problems…

Manok says:

Just as I am surprised why on earth all these download sites are constantly DDOS-ed… (who on earth could be behind that, other than…???) I find that TechDirt lately has a lot of copyright advocates clouding the threads.

The internet obviously need a Snowden-like whistleblower from within the music industry, perhaps that will get things back to normal…

Anonymous Coward says:

Just to give you guys a heads-up on the political climate of my beloved country… a) You become a movie star, you run(and most of the time, win) for office. b) You become a recording star, you run for office. c) You become a sports star, you run for office.
My country is run by celebrities, go figure.
After the Clinton-Lewinsky thing, impeachment became our national hobby. Yes, our politicos impeach everybody for anything….

The Groove Tiger (profile) says:

“If you’re not familiar with the carnival game of the same name, it goes something like this. A mole pops out of a hole and you bludgeon that little bastard with a man-hammer. Then another one pops up from another hole. After bashing that one, another one pops out elsewhere.”

Ok, now imagine this variant:
There’s a mole somewhere. Every few seconds he writes his name in a piece of paper and throws it out of a hole. You bludgeon that paper with the hammer. Then the mole writes his name in another piece of paper. Eventually, your arm falls off, while the mole lives happily eating nachos and watching mole porn.

Capn' BarboSa (user link) says:

Hoist the Colors

Philippines be fools thinking they can sink our mighty ships. shame be to them thinking we haven’t seen all your navy’s plans to storm our seas. Kate.Ph was just a figurehead of our mighty ship and your phoney cannons may have destroyed that but we have others and we are willing to replace them faster than you can destroy them. Wack one three pop up. If this be the game you aspire we play then So be it.


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