An Egyptian (who became an American citizen) friend of mine was asked to be an informant after 9/11. He refused because he didn't want to involve himself in that kind of mess and did not know any anti-American extremists. He just wanted to spend time with his American wife and their two children.
His commercial pilot's license was taken away under the guise of some kind of investigation. So of course he lost his job since he couldn't fly. He finally got it back 7 years later.
Actually, that's not very far from how musicians do business. I know multiple musicians that have use their own money to have CDs or even vinyl records produced and some have hand drawn their own artwork on each piece. They have then shopped them around to different record stores in an attempt to sell a bunch of them at wholesale. It works pretty good if your music is good and you go to indie record shops. But you can also try going through record distro companies who then offer them to retail shops.
I agree with everything about this article except for this phrase, "I'd like to think that law enforcement is above attempting such tricks". There's no reason why that release should be considered extra dirty or lacking in some moral high ground. It's classic misinformation AKA social engineering. What we need is OTR for smartphones.
Since the government signed the DMCA into law and it's hard up for cash, I think it should collect penalty fees for invalid takedown request. I mean come on, it's a cash cow just waiting to be milked and barreled with artisan pork!
Exactly, DDoS attacks stifle speech, it's the equivalent of shouting someone down or muzzling them. If a government agent started DDoS-ing it would be a clear cut case of a violation of the freedom of speech (or at least would be in my eyes).
I'm not sure if there is a digital equivalent of a sit-in since hacking a site and butting up your own banner compromises the remote system in a way that the owner can no longer trust it and would also shut them down. I suppose putting up informational and parody sites would be good. I did like Anonymous' real world tactics of picketing sites and putting up informational posters.
Though I do agree with Anon on having no problem with them wrecking pedo sites. And yes that is in essence me preferring my own personal moral code over that of others'. But I think the vast majority of the world would agree that things go to farm when yo victimize the innocent.
Schroeder IS a computer and social networking genius and this is why.
The lack of Schroeder's Internet records/footprints is a testament to his computer genius. In today's age of ubiquitous tracking by both governments and corporation and the explosion of user generated content and social networking, this man is the ultimate techno-stealth-ninja-master. I for one praise Mr. Schroeder's ability to seem completely irrelevant even when filing a lawsuit.
How about buying it and only playing the pirate version, a lot of people do that too. I guess it's on principal of not wanting to support their shitty method. In that case, why not forget playing altogether. Because, fuck them and we shouldn't be justifying their methods in the eyes of the business community, lawmakers, law enforcement and general community as a protest to thise very same methods.