August 13, 2012

"Hackitat" - upcoming documentary about the global hacker community

On the 29th of November 2009 Malmö's hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen was raided by masked riot police.

Armed with batons and pepper spray they stormed the social center where the hackerspace housed and confiscated computers and other technical equipment.

One of the people detained was a hacker named mackt. With a background in The Pirate Bay, for him the raid was yet another proof of society’s mistrust and lack of understanding of hacker culture.
After the incident he wanted to do something about the distorted image of hackers. He contacted the film collective RåFILM in Malmö and the idea was born to make a documentary that explains the political aspects of hacker culture beyond the simplifications and preconceptions.

The film will take them out on a long trip to the famous and infamous hackers and activists around the world, hackers that express themselves artistically and politically through technology. What are their motivations? What are the politics and activism hacker culture has shaped out? How does this impact our world?

The film will feature unique encounters with people that usually elude the public. It will crash land in the middle of the conflict currently taking place between those who want to keep the technology and the Internet free and those who want to control it.

Check it out: http://hackitat.com

September 8, 2010

Mr. "Unlimited Resources" - Part 2

And yet more exchange with Mr. Carl Amari:


http://bitsnoop.com/search/all/twilight+zone+radio/c/d/1/
1, 2, 3, 5 and 7

http://bitsnoop.com/twilight-zone-radio-q9656487.html
1, 2 and 3 of the above link.

I hope we meet face-to-face someday I'll show you who the moron is moron. And if TWILIGHT ZONE RADIO DRAMAS is ever up on your site again or any sites you control, I will not warn you again - you have been warned already and CBS and I will just file.
Carl Amari


Notice how nice he is? Physical threats, legal threats, "if ever...then else" threats.

And the reply:

Dearest Carl!

With deepest regret we have to inform you that these URLs do not
contain download links and cannot violate anyone's rights.

Download links might be present at torrent "detail" pages. Possibly
one's failure to read and understand
http://bitsnoop.com/info/dmca.html might lead to such unfortunate
outcome.

Also please kindly send us copyright registration info (in Sweden) on
the content you claim that you own.

> I'll show you who the moron is moron.

After reading this "who the moron is moron" I have no doubts who is
really the moron here. :-)

> And if TWILIGHT ZONE RADIO DRAMAS is ever up on your site again or any sites you control, I will not warn you again - you have been warned already and CBS and I will just file.

Do it already, would you?

P.S. Сongrats on making it to our "DMCA Jedi" blog series:
http://blog.bitsnoop.com/search/label/dmca%20jedi

Mr. "I have unlimited resources"

It's not a secret that there are copyright laws we're forced to live by.

It's not a secret that Bitsnoop gets on average 30 emails per day with DMCA notices to remove specific torrents - we index millions of them, so some copyrighted stuff manages to sneak into the index.

We usually remove torrents in a timely manner, as long as the notice we recive is not written by a complete moron.

Here's one of such notices and the following email exchange:

from Carl Amari
to legal@bitsnoop.com
subject Removing my copyrighted materials of THE TWILIGHT ZONE RADIO DRAMAS

You are offering my copyrighted shows illegally, they are THE TWILIGHT ZONE RADIO DRAMAS which are owned by me and CBS Enterprises. This is a demand for you to remove them now and for good. If they are not removed this week and confirmed to me in an email at camari@falconpicturegroup.com I will instruct my attorney William Kummerer at Vedder Price in Chicago to use every avenue of the law to protect my rights which are being copyright infringed while also seeking damages. These shows are clearly copyright protected both in print on the CDs and via announcement as such by the announcer at the end of each episode. Why then would you so willingly and blatantly infringe on my copyrights? As I say if they are not removed this week, I will use the courts to protect my rights. Confirm this to me at camari@falconpicturegroup.com

Sincerely,

Carl Amari
Producer
The Twilight Zone radio dramas
CEO
Falcon Picture Group, LLC
1051 E. Main Street
Suite 105
East Dundee, IL 60118
1-847-428-7355 ext. 222


He is not able to specify what content should be removed and opens conversation with legal threats.

Nice, eh?

Also we really like "courts" - sounds like a proper way to protect "stuffs" on the "internets".

The reply is pretty standard:

Please read: http://bitsnoop.com/info/dmca.html - it is in English and
is written in simple words.

> As I say if they are not removed this week, I will use the courts to protect my rights.

Bring it on.


Obviously he's too important to respect stupid laws and even read rules he's asked to follow:

So you are refusing to remove my copyrighted materials under some guise that you don't host the materials. That might work with others but it won't work with me you are nothing but a bootlegger, pirate and infringer. Why don't you try actually creating something someday as opposed to just stealing other people's work. But that would mean you'd have to be creative and actually do something worthwhile. See you in court and I have unlimited resources as the co-owner in TWILIGHT ZONE radio dramas is CBS.

Now that is insulting - Bitsnoop is a work of art, and developing it is several magnitudes more complicated than "producing" (paying money to writers and actors) some radio shows.

Also we like "unlimited resources" thing - clearly Forbes is stupid for not including this guy in billionaire listings. Here's his profile by the way: http://www.falconpicturegroup.com/AboutUs.html

Hence the reply:

Hello,

You cannot read English? Have trouble understanding English?

Short version: SEND URLS TO REMOVE.

Since you've taken "copyright-abusing moron" stance - please send
copyright registration info for the content you claim that you own.

Cheers!


This is a developing story, stay tuned!

August 17, 2010

Kaspersky tries to claim their rights on... something? We're like "WTF?"

Now this is something new!

We really have no idea, what they are smoking there.

Notice the copy-paste legal-sounding-bullshit they're using here. And by the way(s), "Kaspersky" is just a Slavic family(ies) name(s), you cannot trademark(s) it like this, do you?

Read this monument of corporate greed and brainlesness:

from domain-management@kaspersky.com
to kdncgffx@whoisprivacyprotect.com
date Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 20:00
subject Infringement Notice from Kaspersky

Dear Sir/Madam,

Kaspersky is the owner of the well-known trademark and trade name Kaspersky. As you are no doubt aware, Kaspersky, is a trademark used to identify products, services, activities and events related to Kaspersky.

The trademarks, emblems, words and phrases of Kaspersky are exclusively used by Kaspersky and any other use by a third party constitutes trademark infringement.

In connection to Kaspersky proprietary rights over its famous trademark we are notifying you of the following:

It has come to our attention that our trademark Kaspersky appears as a metatag, keyword, visible or hidden text on the web site(s) located at: http://www.bitsnoop.com without having obtained prior written authorization from our Client. This practice infringes upon the exclusive intellectual property rights of Kaspersky.

Also, by using such trademark, you have intentionally attempted to attract Internet users to your web site(s) or other online location(s), by creating a likelihood of confusion with the Kaspersky’s trademark as to the source, sponsorship, affiliation, or endorsement of your web site(s), online location(s), products or services.

We trust that you will remove all metatags, keywords, visible or hidden texts including trademark presently appearing on the above-cited web site(s) and any other web site(s), or draw this issue to the attention of the appropriate person(s).

As part of our Kaspersky Trademark Enforcement Program, be assured that we will continue to monitor your web site(s) to verify your compliance with this letter. Failure to do so will force us to defer this issue to our Trademark Lawyer for further actions.

Should you require additional information or wish to further discuss this issue, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned.

Sincerely,

Jeremy Baucom
Head of Website Marketing
Kaspersky Lab, HQ

August 12, 2010

Oi, look who's writing...

Today we've got a long letter from BREIN, demanding to shut down the site, bend over and take it up the arse.

Yes, the very same Dutch people (headed by Tim Kuk) who push for total internet censorship and work very hard on turning NL into a "hosting wasteland (c) One Smart Guy".

The very same Mr. Kuk (or was it Kuik?) who likes to tell in public how successful they are in closing a gazhillion of torrent sites - failing to produce any evidence of his words.

Apparently, lying and sucking on RIAA/MPAA dic funding is nice?

We eagerly await for BREIN to start trumpeting how they shut down that nasty, nasty Bitsnoop. Meanwhile, feel free to enjoy our site as usual. :D

The letter follows:
from Brein [brein@anti-piracy.nl]
sender-time Sent at 12:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
to legal@bitsnoop.com
date Thu, Aug 12, 2010 at 12:25 PM
subject Brein/SK/2010.0013819.AVI

Stichting BREIN (Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland)
Siriusdreef 22-28
2132 WT Hoofddorp

Date: August 12th, 2010
Subject: illegal content without authorization http://bitsnoop.com
Ref.nr.: Brein/SK/2010.0013819.AVI

1st summon

Dear Sir / Madam,

The BREIN foundation acts against piracy of entertainment content (music, film, computergames and other interactive software) on behalf of rights holders and interested parties such as authors, performing artists, publishers, producers and distributors [1]. Together these rights holders represent the lion’s share of the intellectual property rights on entertainment content worldwide. BREIN takes civil action in the Netherlands against the making available on the internet of files with entertainment content without authorization of these rights holders. In the event that the gravity and extent of the case give cause to it BREIN files a complaint regarding such sites to the relevant authorities for criminal investigation and prosecution.

Through your website http://bitsnoop.com with ip: 213.163.65.122 – ISP: Interactive 3D (NL) - you are providing systematic and structural access to content without the authorization of the copyright and neighbouring rights holders. The website is offering a choice of popular titles in the area of film, music, games and interactive consumer software that are published by the rights holders represented by BREIN and which have not been licensed for distribution through your system. By operating that system which facilitates, enables and participates in the distribution of infringing files, you are acting unlawful and violate the copyrights and neighbouring rights of others, including the rights holders represented by BREIN. This causes extensive damage to rights holders for which you and others involved with the management of the site are liable. As you are operating in full anonimity, BREIN and its rights holders at present are unable to recover damages from you and your organization.

Your actions also constitute a crime punishable under Dutch law. In the event gravity and extent so warrant, the public prosecution may proceed with criminal investigation and prosecution. In the course of such investigation servers and administration may be confiscated and suspects of a crime may be arrested and taken into custody. The maximum punishment for (aiding and abetting) professional infringement is 4 years imprisonment or 67.000 euro fine for natural persons and 670.000 euro for legal entities. In addition the prosecution usually claims the proceeds of the criminal activity. At the same time injured parties can join the criminal action in order to obtain damages or file civil action to claim those. With respect to these criminal actions BREIN emphasizes that these too are not theoretical. The public prosecution has announced such actions and has commenced carrying them out, in particular in cases where in spite of warning by or on behalf of rights holders the suspects have persisted in the organising of large scale infringement.

In the interest of and on behalf of the rights holders represented by BREIN and in order to avoid civil action and/or criminal prosecution, we request you and your organization to cease and desist immediately the abovementioned unlawful activities and to provide us immediately with the official name and geographical address of the entity or person(s) providing the website and tracker services.

mr. P. Haringsma
General Counsel
Juridische Zaken Stichting BREIN
tel: 0031 (0)23 799 7870
e-mail: brein@anti-piracy.nl

[1] Participating organizations in the BREIN foundation are amongst others the music authors organization
BumaStemra, the collective rights organization of artists and producers SENA, the Dutch association of producers
and importers of sound and image carriers NVPI, sections Audio, Video and Interactive, the Dutch publishers
association NUV, the Dutch association of film distributors NVF, the international association of American film
producers MPA and the international federation of the phonographic industry IFPI.

July 14, 2010

Christine Filipak Strikes Back - Abusing DMCA This Time

Nice try, Christine, a new low!

We've got a notice from Blogger.com that someone (not hard to guess) filed DMCA takedown against our previous post about Christine Filipak and her fight to own internets.

She decided to abuse DMCA, as there is nothing in that post infringing on anyone's rights.

We would expect that self-proclaimed "manager" of self-proclaimed "musicians" Nox Arcana knows that abusing DMCA is illegal under US laws.

We ask you again - do not buy their music. There are hundreds of really talented artists who might use that money well.

July 11, 2010

Christine Filipak - Copyright Goth Strikes Again

Oh boy, are we excited!

We've just got a letter from Christine Filipak, the Copyright Goth, demanding to censor search. Again.

If you remember, she is the person who believes that P2P users are pedophiles and has another personality - sends threats and insults signed "Russel" (same e-mail, same IP address and same Apple computer).

She also tried to wage her little internet war - attempting to assasinate characters of several unrelated persons with accusations of child pornography, pedophilia and whatever she could imagine else.

When she was caught lying - she lied even more.

One more detail - she poses as being Goth and prints books about desires to have sex with vampires. No, it's not a tasteless joke.

Got the picture what kind of creature we are dealing with?

Christine really believes that she has copyrights on words and parts of countries. How sad indeed.

Another nail in the coffin is an amazing lack of any technical knowledge whatsoever, demanding us to block hash codes "from our trackers". This idiom might be missed, as Christine will think we're trying to get kinky with her, mentioning coffins.

Some people never learn, do they?

Now, here's the deal: torrent in question is deleted from Bitsnoop (as we keep our site strictly legal). Guess you can use internets, right?

A bit of personal opinion - if you decide to buy this "music", do not do it. It is crap.

See below (contact info listed is available online anyway):

From: Monolith Graphics Sat, Jul 10, 2010 at 11:45 PM
To: legal@bitsnoop.com

The following are URLs providing access to counterfeit copies of Nox Arcana music albums.

http://bitsnoop.com/nox-arcana-blacthorn-asylum-2009-q5823950.html

InfoHash, Base16 — F0028176AAF337FDE8AD11ABFF3A51361CDD1E8B
InfoHash, Base32 — 6ABIC5VK6M3732FNCGV76OSRGYON2HUL
Bitsnoop # 5823950

Please remove the associated files and references, block the hash codes from your index and trackers, and block searches for the terms "Nox Arcana" and for the album titles listed in our copyright registrations below.

OUR REGISTERED COPYRIGHTS
To verify our US copyrights, go to: http://cocatalog.loc.gov and search by Author Name (last name first name) "Vargo Joseph R". This will bring up the entire list for the Nox Arcana albums. Joseph Vargo is the composer and copyright owner for Nox Arcana music.Or search by serial number.

Album Title Seral numbers
Darklore Manor SR 348-065
Necronomicon SR 352-231
Winter's Knight SR 362-364
Transylvania SR 377-967
Carnival of Lost Souls SR 390-317
Blood of Angels SR 395-844
Blood of the Dragon SR 399-231
Shadow of the Raven SR 617-469
Grimm Tales SR 640-375
Phantoms of the High Seas SR 643-899
Blackthorn Asylum SR 638-878
Zombie Influx SR 640-074
Winter's Eve SR 643-736


OUR ORIGINAL MATERIAL IS LOCATED AT:
http://www.noxarcana.com/music.html
http://www.monolithgraphics.com/music.html
http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/nox-arcana/id7041274
http://www.amazon.com/Nox-Arcana/e/B000APURDU/


IDENTITY: I direct you to the artist's biography and contacts pages.
http://www.monolithgraphics.com/artist.html
http://www.noxarcana.com/bios.html
http://www.noxarcana.com/contact.html

AFFIDAVIT: I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law. I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.


Christine Filipak, manager
Monolith Graphics
4377 West 60th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44144

Tel: (440) 843-1378
Email: goth@monolithgraphics.com

http://www.monolithgraphics.com
http://www.noxarcana.com

The content of this letter is intended for the recipient only. Re-distribution or publishing of this content is forbidden.

April 28, 2010

Hey, we're back online!

Oh boy, are we excited!

Today we give you the new, improved Bitsnoop: http://bitsnoop.com/

New awesome features: http://bitsnoop.com/info/btek3.html

Enjoy!

April 7, 2010

The story with McHost.ru / Oversun.ru and Bitsnoop

First of all - things are going fantastic, we're about a week away from re-launch, once we finish setup of new server for new, greatly improved Bitsnoop!

As some of you already know we used to host with provider McHost.ru (known as "McHost" and "Mercuriusz").

After they've destoryed all data on our server in February, we've posted a comment in our blog - mentioning company Oversun.ru / Oversun-Mercury.ru as related to that mess.

In just couple of hours person, who registered account with McHost.ru, was contacted by Oversun Group legal - Ms. Eugenia Suprun, head of department. Email was sent to our employee personal email and using his personal details, known only to McHost.ru.

Ms. Suprun wrote: "I represent the OVERSUN Group of Companies (hereinafter referred to as «the OVERSUN Group») that among other members includes «Oversun» LLC and «Oversun-Mercury» LLC («Mercury LLC»). It has come to my attention that you have spread invalid information that tarnishes business reputation of the OVERSUN Group....We would like to inform you that «McHost» LLC is strictly our client, and we have no powers over its actions and in what ways «McHost» LLC does its business." Etcetera, etcetera.

We've removed mentions of Oversun Group - server was pre-paid and we wanted to use it to rebuild index for some time.

Ms. Suprun ignored our questions on how did she acquire our employee personal data (which was provided only to McHost).

Turns our, Ms. Suprun (Head of Legal Department, Oversun Group) was lying, plain and simple - both Oversun and McHost were the very same company. Now management is trying to split these two business.

At 6th of April Oversun cut uplinks for data-centre with about 20-30 thousand sites (with 30-minute unofficial warning), including one of our indexing servers. It's still offline - after 24 hours.

Oversun was very "kind" to server owners, by letting download some of the data for backup. Trying to sell them colocation services at the same time.

McHost is already sold to third party, as Oversun is not interested in small-time hosting. They want to make it big!

So, a word of advice - DO NOT have any business with "McHost", "Oversun", "Oversun-Mercury", "Oversun-Skalaxy" or their agents.

They will shut down your servers - as a PR move to sell your hosting contract to highest bidder. Not mentioning destruction of your RAID array with 70-dollar reimbursement.

P.S. We're fine, we backup stuff. :)

March 12, 2010

Users of isoHunt.com against child abuse! Join now!

Some good news at last!

In the most unexpected turn of events Christine's Filipak defamation attempts at us resulted in something good - users of isoHunt.com are seting up a protest group against child abuse.

Original thread that sparkled the movement is here. There is a group on Facebook too.

Very nicely put by one of forum users over there: People like [Christine Filipak] are actually hurting the fight against child pornography by wasting the time and resources of the people that actually track uploaders of child pornography, remove content, and arrest offenders.

Update 1

Nice, 200 members in less than a day! Join the group, support good cause!

Update 2

Almost 650 members in less than two days! Way to go! Join the group!