DMCA Takedown notices

Disrespect to Matthew lillard and George clooney for sending me takedown notices about torrenting their crappy sophomoric drivel. i don’t normal mention things i hate(or at least i’m trying to do so less). but, for idtorrentthat we might need to make an exception. there are ways to avoid this:

used to be avoiding big releases would help but no longer

you can get VPN access. be careful who you use as they may have a policy of turning over your ip when asked. also, count on speeds being limited even though they advertise unlimited. If what you’re getting is “free” you are the product being sold

there is still usenet but it’s become much less functional in recent months. releases are becoming incomplete after a few hours because you know DMCA. try and go with a dutch server like maybe tweaknews?

remember if you do get a takedown notice with links to a site like https://www.copyrightsettlements.com/ or http://www.respectcopyrights.org/ don’t click on it! if you think life sucks when you get harassing emails and maybe a temporary suspension of internet access just know: IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE IF YOU GIVE COPYRIGHT LAWYERS ANY INFORMATION IDENTIFYING YOURSELF.

FUUCCCKKKK!!! that is all.

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The Guberment’s wann take way ur internets!

CYANLIANAS is on mars or something.  So, it has befallen me the great duty to remind you all that the great Satan and card carrying socialist is trying to steal your internet and run it through the central firewall down at the polit bureau.  Or something like that.

Remember PIPA, ACTA, SOPA, and other weird political things with four-letter acronyms?   well here’s some stuff from the email google sent:

Starting December 3, the world’s governments will meet behind closed doors to discuss the future of the internet. Some governments want to use this meeting to increase censorship and regulate the Internet.

Learn more about what’s at stake at the International Telecommunication Union (ITU):

http://www.google.com/takeaction

A free and open world depends on a free and open Internet. And a free and open Internet depends on you.

IDK what they’re gonna come up with next, five-letter acronyms?  six? seven?  dood we’ve gotta get up on this.  You see that IDL logo on the left?  thats not just some bullshit we put up because it looks cool…. okay maybe that was part of why we put that there but ummm…

It seems that anytime anyone tries to take a reasonable stance on the issue of copyright and how it’s original intent has been distorted by corporate interests, it gets buried.

Anyway, expect to continue to see lots more posts and annoying ass spam on your facebook and shit as this whole thing progresses all over again.  The Illuminati don’t take the holidays off from oppressing us, so, we don’t take them off to stop bitching about it.

WOOT! wOOT! PRRrrrrr #freeandopen

Mass Effect 3 Extended

We’re Back.

The Mass Effect 3: Extended Cut is a downloadable content pack that will expand upon the events at the end of Mass Effect 3. Through additional cinematic sequences and epilogue scenes, the Extended Cut will include deeper insight to Commander Shepard’s journey based on player choices during the war against the Reapers. The Extended Cut will be available to download at no additional charge for Mass Effect 3 game owners starting on June 26 for PC and Xbox 360 customers worldwide. Playstation 3 customers in North America will be able to download the Extended Cut DLC on June 26 and the rest of the world on July 4.

– source[Mass Effect Blog]

This action by an established game studio is unprecedented.  Yes, other cross-platform games have been modified after the fact thanks to the always on connections consoles can have to the internet, but to rewrite and modify end-game material for Mass Effect 3 is a huge admission for a company that raised the bar so high with ME 1 and 2.  What prompted the re-write?

Badvertising

According to the FTC’s rules of the road for advertising and marketing on the Web, “advertising must tell the truth and not mislead consumers.”  A strong case was made to the BBB and after months of complaints the outraged fans have end-game DLC to show for it.  Below is a compilation of advertising misleads assembled by one disgruntled youtuber.

Bioware’s Reaction

From ME Facebook Page: March 19 at 12:12am

We are aware that there are concerns about a recent post from this account regarding the ending of the game. In this post it was stated that at this time we do not have plans to change the ending.

We would like to clarify that we are actively and seriously taking all player feedback into consideration and have ruled nothing out. At this time we are still collecting and considering your feedback and have not made a decision regarding requests to change the ending.

Your feedback and opinions are of the utmost importance to us. We apologize for any confusion this has caused. Our top priority regarding this discussion is to keep communication with you, our loyal fans, open and productive.

Additionally in a subsequent Facebook fan page posting:

Bioware will keep listening, because your insights and constructive feedback will help determine what that content should be. This is not the last you’ll hear of Commander Shepard.

– Mass Effect 3 director Casey Hudson

Looks like Mr. Hudson made good on his promise but the official ME FAQ wants to make some distinctions beforehand:

The Extended Cut is an expansion of the original endings to Mass Effect 3. It does not fundamentally change the endings, but rather it expands on the meaning of the original endings, and reveals greater detail on the impact of player decisions.

[Origin update here.]

Incoming: Megabox

Concept art for Megabox sent through @KimDotcom’s twitter feed on 06/21/2012.

Way back in December of 2011, Megaupload founder, admitted embezzeler and insider trading enthusiast, Kim Schmitz, aka Kim Dotcom [legally changed in 2005], announced a streaming music service called Megabox.  It was going to be “a cloud-based music locker, download store, and do-it-yourself artist service.”  The idea was to put artists first, consumers second and distribution third on scales of importance.

Not a terrible idea in my opinion.

Well, if you don’t know already: Megabox stalled when New Zealand authorities [in cooperation with the U.S.] raided his home and placed him in custody under the charges of criminal copyright infringement in relation to his Megaupload Web site.  Back in February, he was released on bond but restricted to the 80km around his palatial estate [“Whaah, I can’t go 50 miles away from my PALATIAL estate!”]  His wikipedia page says that he was also barred from using the internet, but obviously that’s been rescinded.  He’s launched a new twitter account.

Although I do have misgivings about the dude after reading the details of  his misadventures in business [and that’s coming from a guy with a subversive website.]  I’m all about shaking up status quo, but this character’s a major…entrepreneur and I’m just wondering if file-sharing is his latest…hobby topic.   Yes.  That’s what we’ll call it.  Regardless, he’s got a great idea and I’ve always been an idea guy and will be there opening service day.

Read more over at torrentfreak who broke this story earlier today!

Second MEP Response: Office of Paul Murphy

I’m so excited. I just can’t hide it.

I just received my second MEP response and I have to say it’s feeling a lot like the days leading up to the overthrow of SOPA.

Dear all,

Many thanks for your email concerning the ACTA agreement. Over the last few days, we received hundreds of emails expressing opposition to ACTA. This proves that there is a huge movement against ACTA and it is very positive that this opposition is so active…

[For full pdf click here.]

There’s a global pressure wave heading toward ACTA and only now are pro-ACTA forces starting to feel it as their offices are being flooded with dissent, as people start to give a shit and do something about it.  Yay.  It’s not over, of course and I may have popped the cork prematurely (so embarrassing, I know) but I’m content to wait until July.

Followup: Letter to and Response from MEP Amelia Andersdotter

Shadow Rapporteur – Best. Job. Ever.

I sent a boilerplate letter yesterday to all the EU MEPs involved with ACTA that I acquired thanks to [falkvinge.net]  Here is the response I got roughly 24 hours later.

Let me also mention that this EU politician can schmooz you way better than any US/Texas politician I’ve had communications with.  After all, she is a Shadow Rapporteur [and she’s behind me right now making me type all of this hel-…]

Thank you very much for your message. As rapporteur in the ITRE committee, I was able to convince my colleagues to follow my recommendation to reject ACTA in ITRE. I will continue to campaign for the European Parliament to assume its political responsibility to its citizens and reject ACTA, without first referring it to the European Court of Justice. Therefore, in my role as shadow rapporteur in the INTA committee, I will present the manifold objections to ACTA to the members of the committee before the vote, and ask them to vote in favour of MEP David Martin’s report. 

As all committees that have already voted on ACTA agree, ACTA is a threat to human rights, it cements an outdated copyright regime and privatises law enforcement. The intransparent negotiation process of ACTA must not be accepted by the European Parliament. 

I would like to give my thanks to you and all other activists who speak up against ACTA. Without the overwhelming protest from the internet and from the streets, ACTA would not have gotten the necessary attention to facilitate an honest debate about its ramifications. People like you who keep up the pressure against ACTA can not be thanked enough, as you don’t rely upon ACTA being defeated after the successful votes in ITRE, LIBE, JURI and DEVE. Only after ACTA’s rejection in the plenary on July 3 to 5 can we afford to celebrate.

Thank you very much for your support and keep up the good work,

MEP Amelia Andersdotter

Defend your Castle: ACTA and why it’s bad.

“The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties.”

-British MEP David Martin

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is a multinational treaty that will establish an international standard for intellectual property rights enforcement. The agreement aims to establish an international legal framework for targeting counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet, and would create a new governing body outside of existing forums, such as the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, or the United Nations.

Why it’s bad –

This is a policy that has global implications [fine, everything has global implications these days].  It will set precedents and establish protocols that other countries will use to change their current standards of property rights enforcement [Ok, so it has the weight to effect how I use the internet.  I’m listening].  It’s being crafted behind closed doors with private monopolizing interests and its drafters consistently deny public access for commentary or critique [DANGER!].  If approved by INTA, the International Trade committee appointed to research the treaty and respond to Parliament, it will be a huge factor influencing Parliament’s final decision on July 5th.   INTA is scheduled to report it’s decision this thursday, June 21st 2012.

Who has INTA’s ear now during this important process? All negotiations thus far have been in private.  It’s got a lot of Europeans worried about the future of the internet and freedom of expression as law enforcement becomes the responsibility of private companies with little capacity to maintain a consistent sense of “public good.”

Now let’s put this all together, keeping in mind the U.S. is for this treaty (remember when it was called SOPA over here?)  SOPA was defeated primarily through a motivated and well organized citizen protest of letters, phone-calls to law-makers and Facebook updates to ignorant family and friends.  The corporate interest groups that created SOPA then hopped on a boat and went overseas to work its magic on Parliament.

“ACTA is a strategically insane proposal [to] create a binding legal obligation on the USA to require the US authorities to encourage the domain name registries, search engines, payment providers and other companies based there to undertake privatised enforcement measures.”

-Joe McNamee of the European Digital Rights initiative (EDRi)

ACTA can be passed without any form of public debate and will affect every internet user at some point.  Doesn’t that make you angry?    Will a corporation guarantee you due process if accused of file-sharing?

Maybe.

What if one of their corporate arms is steadily losing revenue from file-sharing and would greatly benefit from making an example out of you and your friends and family?

Where’s your due process now?  These are just hypothetical glimpses of what futures ACTA will be a part of if approved.

Read this article over on torrentfreak by Rick Falkvinge to get involved.  It’s a global issue.  Your opinion counts just as much as any Europeans’.

Stop the nonsense.