4Chan Takes Down MPAA and Anti-Piracy websites.

Following a call to arms yesterday, the masses inhabiting the anonymous 4chan boards have carried out a huge assault on a pair of anti-piracy enemies. The website of Aiplex Software, the anti-piracy outfit which has been DDoSing torrent sites recently, is currently down having been DDoS’d. They are joined in the Internet wasteland by the MPAA’s website, also currently under huge and sustained attack.

I think it is both great and kinda dumb. It’s great because it shows that with enough kids, they can load up an app on their home computer and take down any site they want. Which in itself is kinda dangerous. You piss off the wrong crowd and your site is as good as down. If you have a leader whose heart is in the right place but has a misguided direction, you could be potentially taking down sites of the innocent or sites that don’t deserve to be taken down without getting the whole picture.
The kinda dumb part is - what would taking down their site really accomplish? If they had some web apps they use internally stored on the same server, that would cause issues for the company but taking down the site is kinda lame considering you can change the IP, update the DNS and BLAMMO! Back online within 24 hours.
MPAA and RIAA deserve it for a plethora of reasons which I won’t go into detail for. They are the most hated company in the US for a reason. It’s a double-edged sword, though.
I am not saying just because you can download free means it is acceptable. If it was worthy of coin, people would steal but the big companies appeal to the mainstream by going through the motions and creating a product, not art. The big companies say you are stealing from them if you download it for free. But where the TRUE crime comes from is the kind of money they are asking for a CD or movie. Just fucking ridiculous. Not to mention that physical medium is a thing of the past. If these big companies embraced instead of having shitty companies try to locate and sue their purchasers (keep in mind just because they have downloaded one thing for free or several things for free doesn’t mean it is being done all the time), it is not a good PR move. They dun goofed.

Q & A with a Convicted RIAA Victim

Boston student Joel Tenenbaum is the poster child of an entire generation of downloaders, and one of the few people to stand up against the RIAA instead of signing off on a settlement. This decision proved to be a costly one for Tenenbaum, who now has to pay $67,500 in damages to the record labels for sharing 7 songs. In an interview he now looks back at recent years.

This is a good read. This guy got busted but hey, I agree with him. Being forced to pay $675,000 for 7 songs is fucked. I think a sum of money should be paid if you get caught but man, the reason we download for free is because we’re not all made of money. If you couldn’t afford to pay for the 7 songs, where the fuck do these companies think we’re gunna track the money for the sued price?