December 7, 2009

The DMCA Jedi, issue #01 - Nox Arcana

We plan to start a tradition of presenting the most ridiculous DMCA letters for your amusement.

Normally we don't disclose letters we receive, but some are just unique. Also this is not the first letter like this from specific sender.

They're not only demanding to remove torrent (which is OK with us) but also to:
• Remove some mysterious "files" (looong list is attached) - which we never had;
• Censor anything indexed with the list of generic keywords.
Not copyrighted content (which is OK with us), but ANYTHING. If anyone decides to release short story or video with title "Necronomicon" - this should be blocked!
• Provide them with the "name, login and password for the party making the upload".
Given that we only index torrents and do not have user uploads - we're probably supposed to give them access to our robots accounts?

They are threatening with lawsuit too: "If you refuse to block future uploads and provide us with the requested info, your company will be added to our complaint currently pending in federal court.". How nice of them.

Some people just don't have a clue. We are encouraging our users to boycott them and not to buy their stuff. Here's useful link for you: Google Search.

Here goes:
To: Torrent Providers and Torrent Search Engines.
From: Monolith Graphics (the publisher), Nox Arcana (the composers, [private]), herein known as the "Copyright Owners."

Please remove all torrents for the music of NOX ARCANA. All torrents offering our music and albums are illegal. 
URL(s):
http://bitsnoop.com/torrent/3e632a5b6fa9736b7aef5f38ed5846f220bff6a7/Nox-Arcana-11-cd-complete-discography.html

Attached is a very long list of the files being sent via torrents and illegal copies through your network. Please do a unilateral search, and destroy all instances of these files.

BLOCK all search results and uploads of any files containing our trademark names, songs, and album titles listed below and in the attached file. And provide us with the name, login and password for the party making the upload. If you refuse to block future uploads and provide us with the requested info, your company will be added to our complaint currently pending in federal court.

Nox Arcana
Darklore Manor
Necronomicon
Winter's Knight
Transylvania
Carnival of Lost Souls
Blood of Angels
Blood of the Dragon
Shadow of the Raven
Grimm Tales
Phantoms of the High Seas
Blackthorn Asylum
Zombie Influx
Winter's Eve

AFFIDAVIT:
I swear upon penalty of perjury that this information is true, that the issue complained of infringes upon our copyright, and that I am hereby authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owners.

Thank you,
[private]

Monolith Graphics (publisher)
[private]
Cleveland, Ohio 44144

Tel: [private]
Email: [private]

http://www.monolithgraphics.com
http://www.noxarcana.com
There is attached list of 835 file names. Not quite sure what we're supposed to do with all that goodness.

And here's our DMCA-compliant answer:
Re: DMCA takedown and block

> Please remove all torrents for the music of NOX ARCANA. All torrents
> offering our music and albums are illegal.
> URL(s):
> http://bitsnoop.com/torrent/3e632a5b6fa9736b7aef5f38ed5846f220bff6a7/Nox-Arcana-11-cd-complete-discography.html

Torrent was removed.

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Bitsnoop.com - We search, you download.

Update #1: Posted to Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
Update #2: They are on Twitter.

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