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  • May 17th, 2019 @ 1:08pm

    This is shocking

    Many butthurt users that abuse the DMCA use defamation claims as an attempt to (indirectly) say that “this is insulting and it should be illegal”, which is babyish. Immernant uprising (the Slaughtering Grounds dev that attacked Jim Sterling), Derek Savage (a person who developed Cool Cat Saves the kids attacked IHE until he apologizes) are just two examples. Seeing SLAPP as a gateway, this is a real concern.

    The thing is, defamation is the act of making false statements to ruin someone else's reputation. If it's truthful, it's not defamation as often the person making such claims is the one who is embarrassed himself for doing it.

    Imagine this: Alex Thomas Mauer, that person goes after videos containing not just music, but also critics calling him out for false DMCA'ing such videos. Alex Thomas Mauer couldn't successfully claim that those are defamation because he is the one doing bullshit to youtube, so he is to blame.

    Reporting someone's actions isn't defamation. Techdirt, you deserve my donation, the EFF is constantly at war to defend freedom of speech (and other things).

  • May 14th, 2019 @ 6:45pm

    Re: That's messed up

    Thank god for the internet archive:

  • May 14th, 2019 @ 6:39pm

    That's messed up

    Enforcing mandatory updates like this is worse than what happened to sony in 2005-2007 (known as the “Sony Rootkit”). Looking at the consumer complaints on Amazon:

    by Brendan Ribera:
    “4. You must install any and all updates, or else lose the music on your computer. The EULA immediately terminates if you fail to install any update. No more holding out on those hobble-ware downgrades masquerading as updates.”

    and the info about the EULA on the EFF:

    So you are flagged as a pirate for simply using outdated software.

  • May 10th, 2019 @ 2:48pm

    Re: trolls

    Agreed, using scare tactics and such. Mostly what I'm saying on my last lines is those made by individuals. Childish and paranoid users. On the trolls side, It is concerning especially the “CASE Act”.

  • May 10th, 2019 @ 1:39pm

    Re: It's quite rare but inconvenient to see users act like this.

    I mean linking to THEIR WORK uploaded BY THEM, not linking to content copied by “pirates” or theives.

  • May 10th, 2019 @ 1:36pm

    It's quite rare but inconvenient to see users act like this.

    While hotlinking or direct linking is nobody wants because of bandwith sapping, but just banning linking to their work for copyright is absurd. I've seen some places like gamefaqs on tutorials/guides made by overzelous users saying such things:

    “do not even link to my work without my permission”

    Then why upload your work to the site then? Everything has a URL on them, not to mention, the internet is a public place where people can share things by pointing to where it is, which linking is essentially was. Just because people point to your work does not mean it is stolen and copyright infringement. Again, butthurt users trying to enforce restrictions that copyright cannot do, especially fair use.

    I would agree if it isn't copyright-related, like a lawsuit for sapping their bandwith. If you are trying to make that illegal, then try ban ad-blockers, because simply visiting a site also saps bandwith, both the HTML and everything associated with it, not just the image.

  • May 23rd, 2018 @ 3:05pm

    I really hope that vigilante-ware is illegal, not just piracy

    Weaponizing DRM to spy on users is not how you enforce copyright. Anti-piracy, more like anti-privacy. I don't care if the DRM is 100% false positive free or not, anytime there is an exploit that real hackers use, they will abuse it. Just to warn you, hackers can do *anything*, and often rely on exploits and how sensitive the DRM is. Say a hacker can do stuff that can trigger the DRM and reroute the personal information to the hackers.

    Even if that wasn't possible, no consumer would like (over the) maximum surveillance on their system under the excuse of “oh just in case if someone pirates our things”. Really? That is like having security cameras hidden in the bathroom (even inside the toilet) for people doing anything suspicious.

    Vigilante-ware should be illegal and shouldn't be used at all. I'm not pro-piracy, I'm saying maximum surveillance and hidden methods to enforce copyright without being officially disclosed should be abolished.

  • Apr 12th, 2018 @ 7:08pm

    Ares Rights? More like Arse Rights

    Funny how they are named. Just switch the last two letters of their name (or if you accidentally misspell them), and that sums up about this company.

  • Feb 8th, 2018 @ 5:37pm

    She have done more than just DMCA abuse

    Look at this article:, and also this:

    This user is absolutely a criminal. I mean, with the crimes in 2016, why did imagos softworks and other people would hire this person? If Nintendo found this out when he tries to fill out a job application, would Nintendo immediately reject this person as a worker of Nintendo?

    His full name is Alex Thomas Mauer, said in the legal document. Email:, as found on kiwifarms. This user doesn't deserve having those information private anymore. SOPA was the tip of the iceberg on how destructive copyright is in general (so fuck off, MPAA, RIAA and other big corporations). Its now to the point where it is used for non-copyright-related subjects as to serve inconveniences or excuses to all users of protected works. An example of that was when a user posted a picture of Alex mauer on youtube that got nuked, assuming to keep his identity hidden rather than using copyright as if he is making money off of it. It went from a simple "no unauthorized copies" to "do not even mention a company name, a person's name, etc, also no criticisms".

    The ONLY GOOD thing about this is that we learned that at least we know how abusive copyright really is. Useful in case MPAA tries to create another SOPA clone under a different name in the future.

  • Dec 6th, 2016 @ 3:51pm

    Why is this called anti-piracy?

    It should've called anti-consumer, not anti-piracy. Somebody who develop this DRM needs to be fired AND the next time they implement another DRM, they should test it.

    This is what anti-piracy fails to live up to its name...