Colt Cabana, Nigel McGuiness and supporting great causes

Please bear with me, this is going to be a long post but a good one.

I make it no secret that I love professional wrestling.  I grew up watching pro-wrestling like so many of my friends.  We never worried about whether it was “real” or not, it was fun and entertaining and when you’re a kid, that’s all that matters.  As I grew older, I knew it was a scripted show, but that didn’t diminish my enjoyment of it at all.  I know when I go watch The Dark Knight that it’s scripted too, but you suspend your disbelief to be entertained.  But as I began to learn more about the business of pro-wrestling, I learned that it is “real”, in that these guys destroy their bodies doing something that they love to entertain millions.  They deal with inter-office politics just like the rest of us.  They have kids, they have families and often times being a pro-wrestler can put you at odds with your family.  There are successes and there are failures.  Triumphs and hardships, both in front of the curtain and behind it.  Knowing that gave me a new-found respect for the art.  The art of your job being to make 20k fans think you’re laying a hurting on your co-worker, while your number one priority is to not hurt that co-worker.  The art of one man making 20k people hate his guts just so they’ll adore his opponent, that opponent being his co-worker and friend.  Pro-wrestling has given me a lot of enjoyment over the years, and outside of spending money on it, I hadn’t been able to give much of anything back, but that was going to change.

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Enet Inc. US-based ISP ignoring DMCAs?

I’ve sent many DMCAs to Enet Inc, and a strange thing has happened….absolutely nothing.

This is strange because Enet appears to be a US-based webhost.  Surely, a US-based webhost wouldn’t ignore DMCAs, doing so would subject them to considerable penalties and loss of their safe harbor.

The piracy forum Mastiya.com is hosted on the IP address: 209.190.121.234

http://geoip.flagfox.net/?ip=209.190.121.234&host=www.mastiya.com

Apparently that is a eNet Inc. IP address.

Mastiya is well known piracy site, according to Google’s Transparency Report:

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/domains/mastiya.com/

With big copyright holders like Warner, Universal and Fox all reporting Mastiya URLs to Google.  I’m sure Enet wouldn’t want to be in the crosshairs of ignoring their DMCAs too, right?

According to Enet Inc’s website, their abuse address is [email protected] (http://ee.net/abuse.php)

Yet emails sent to this address never get a response or action.

I can’t even find Enet in the US Copyright.gov’s list of Online Service Providers, another required act for those wishing to have Safe Harbor.

So as far as I can tell Enet is not in compliance with the DMCA.  If that were true then it would be open season for copyright holders to sue them.  Not registering a DMCA agent and then ignoring DMCAs won’t look good in court me thinks.

If Enet is reading this, feel free to contact me, I’m dying to know why I’ve never received a response to any DMCAs I’ve ever sent you.  I was going to email this to you but since you ignore all my other emails…well you know.

New stats updated

Just updated new stats through October 2012.

http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/

Over 12 million infringements removed now.  And we’re currently #3 or #4 on Google’s all-time list of infringement reporters.  Right up there with Microsoft, the MPAA and BPI.  Pretty impressive.

It took us about 2 and a half years to reach our 5 millionth infringement, and then this year alone we topped 7 million.  We are constantly working to improve our methods and systems and I’m proud of our track record.  Where numerous other anti-piracy companies have cut corners and been sloppy, we’ve worked hard to make sure we’re accurate in everything we do.  It’s not easy to keep up with the rampant piracy and exploitationists out there who are constantly trying to find new ways to avoid respecting the hard work of others.  But we are getting better and better every month,  and while I wish there wasn’t this much piracy in the first place, I know our clients are better off with 12 million fewer pirated versions of their works out there.

Takedown Piracy Holds #1 Spot on Google’s List of Top Copyright Infringement Reporters

The Popular Anti-Piracy Company Moves Ahead of Microsoft Corporation for Most Reported Infringements in July!

July 18, 2012 — CHATSWORTH, Calif. — According to Google, Takedown Piracy is now the search engine’s #1 reporter of copyright infringements.  In the month of July, Takedown Piracy moved ahead of large corporations Microsoft Corporation, NBC / Universal, and Lionsgate to claim the top spot on the list of 1,195 reporting organizations.  The anti-piracy company reported nearly half a million URLs in July.  The Recording Industry Association of America, Inc. is a distant second for the month.

 

To view Google’s list of top copyright infringement reporters, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/.

 

Many of Takedown Piracy’s clients are listed in the top 25 on Google’s list of copyright owners with reported infringements.  The accomplishment is indicative of Takedown Piracy’s quick and effective services.

 

To view Google’s profile on Takedown Piracy’s effectiveness, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/reporters/1620/.

 

“Targeting search engines allows our clients to receive the visibility they deserve without competing with piracy sites for traffic to their own content,” states Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass.  “Google continues to be extremely compliant and timely in removing links leading to pirated content.  We’ve developed a great relationship with the search engine, allowing our clients to see immediate results and feel secure.”

 

Takedown Piracy’s new SEO program, Search Clean™, is responsible for eliminating infringements from even the largest search engines, like Google.  Combined with its custom tool, the Aikido Program™, Takedown Piracy is removing hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

 

Created by Nate Glass in 2009, Takedown Piracy is known for its highly effective and affordable services, while always operating with the utmost integrity.  Whether harnessing the power of its one-of-a-kind customs tools or following up on an individual file reported through its free piracy tip page, Takedown Piracy has been responsible for the removal of over 8 million copyright infringements.

 

For more information about Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/why-use-takedown-piracy/.

 

Takedown Piracy continues to be in the media spotlight for its renowned effectiveness fighting piracy.  Featured on CNBC.com, TechDirt.com, The Daily.com, the 1709 Blog, and more, word is spreading about the small but mighty company, and its David versus Goliath story.

 

Wanting to better involve the fans of Takedown Piracy’s numerous artist clients, the company created a tips page.  Millions of additional eyes provide Takedown Piracy with an army seeking out illegal downloads on torrent, tube and cyberlocker sites.  Users are asked to report the copyright owner and a link to the infringement.  To report a copyright violation using Takedown Piracy’s tip page, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/tips/.

 

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

 

To view a statistical breakdown of infringements removed by Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed over 8 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

About Google:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google has packed a lot into a relatively young life.  Creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.   Google Inc. was born in 1998, when Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to that entity—which until then didn’t exist.  Since Google’s inception, it has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world.  After going public in 2004, Google began to expand through its acquisition of companies like Keyhole and YouTube.  As of 2009, Alexa listed Google.com as the internet’s most visited site.  For more information, visit www.Google.com.

 

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Don’t be like this guy – copyright infringer gets angry when caught

So today I received 2 angry profanity-laced tirades from a blogger in Colorado that really sums up how broken the mindsets of many people are and how little people think about using another person’s intellectual property without permission.

About a week ago a client of mine notified me of a site that was using her images without permission.  This site was not only using her images on their blog, but was using Twitter to advertise the blog.  This blog was not linking to my client’s site, nor was an affiliate, but was using these images to promote their own site.

We looked at the site and saw that it wasn’t benefiting our client at all.  The site had no registered DMCA agent, which is really short-sighted if you are going to be making a routine out of using another person’s works without securing permission.  So there was no apparent way to file a DMCA notice with the site owner.  Making matters worse, the site owner was using a private registration service, thus we could not ID the owner of the website.  While there’s nothing wrong with privacy services, if you use one and then complain that someone can’t contact you then you really only have yourself to blame.

This left us with no option but to send our DMCA to the host of the site in question.  The webhost took action, suspending the site.

Then today I received two voicemails from the site owner.  The voicemails could best be described as angry and confrontational.  At no point did the site owner take any responsibility for what had transpired.  Instead his anger (and I mean ANGER) was directed at us.  He then went out of his way to insult and demean our client with sexist and derogatory statements.

His defense appeared to be that he was using lots of people’s images without permission and none of them had complained so what made our client different?  Clearly this ‘entitled’ position is full of logical holes and downright unethical behavior.  Just because no one else caught you yet doesn’t mean what you’re doing is legal.

So before calling this site owner I made a list of points I wanted him to understand.  I could tell he was going to be confrontational but I hoped he would understand that he was running a risk of being sued and that there’s lot of perfectly legal ways to use my client’s images.  I hoped maybe he would become an affiliate of my client and thus have access to lots of images, all with permission.  I wanted to stress the ease and low cost of registering a DMCA agent because without one, he qualifies for no safe harbor and would be liable for all his copyright infringements.

So I called him back.  I first asked if I was speaking with the right person (I’m not going to print his name here), his response was “Yeah…What the fuck is your problem asshole?”  So we’re getting off to a rocky start in our conversation.  He then just went on his profanity laced tirade that was full of sexist remarks about my client “who the fuck does this bitch think she is?” and homosexual slurs “you suck so many dicks out there in California that you’ve become a huge asshole”…not even sure how that scientifically would work.

I calmly told him if he was just going to yell and insult me then we can’t have a conversation and that I was going to hang up.  After getting a “Fuck you…” I terminated the call.

He called back, still yelling.  I told him that I’d be happy to answer his questions if he actually gave me a chance to answer, stopped yelling, and stopped insulting me and my client.  He mockingly gave me permission to speak…for about 2 seconds before he interrupted me screaming again.  He stressed that he uses lots of people’s images without permission and somehow he figured that meant it was ok to do it.

I didn’t get a chance to give him any of the points I had planned to make.  I wished him a good day, though I am sure he did not hear me since he was still yelling, and I terminated the call.

I know using people’s images without permission may not feel like you’re doing anything wrong.  And if you think getting away with it means you’re in the right to keep doing it then you’re really setting yourself up for trouble.

It doesn’t cost a lot to register a DMCA Agent to receive your DMCA notices, which you really should do if you’re going to make a habit out of using another person’s images without permission.  Here’s the link:

http://www.copyright.gov/onlinesp/agent.pdf

Putting a DMCA link on your page that allows copyright owners to contact you via email would go a long way towards keeping your host from pulling down your site.  Note that a simple Contact Form won’t cut it as most people aren’t going to want to use a contact form for a legal takedown notice.  Email allows for a paper trail, contact forms do not.

Also, if you’re going to use other people’s works without permission, be prepared to get caught.  And when you do, blaming everyone but yourself isn’t the answer.  If you can’t take responsibility for your actions, you shouldn’t do them.  It amazes me that an adult thinks it’s ok to use another person’s images without asking permission.  That some people seem to think it’s ok to use one company’s images to send traffic to another company they are an affiliate of, often by cropping out the watermarks of the actual copyright owner.  But in this warped sense of right and wrong – the copyright holder is the bad guy and the infringer is the poor victim.  This is truly a facepalm moment.

And if the site owner in question reads this, I sincerely hope you seek anger management.  You screaming and yelling at me didn’t hurt my feelings, I was more worried you were going to have a stroke in the middle of our conversation and I would have to be the one to hear it.  Life is too short to spend it angry.  Maybe call these guys instead of me:

http://www.frontrangecounselingcenter.com/angermanagement.html

It’s also important to note that by using the images yourself (not user uploaded in other words), not registering a DMCA agent and being an overall unpleasant person when caught, copyright holders are not required to even send you or your host a DMCA.  You could just be outright sued.  It doesn’t matter if it’s 3 images or 300.  Having your site suspended could end up being the least of your worries.

Updates from Takedown Piracy

Lots of exciting things going on at TDP!

  • We are approaching our 8 millionth copyright infringement removed.  I remember when the naysayers and doubters said we couldn’t make a difference.  I’m sure the for-profit pirates would love if their 3 million cyberlocker links were still up, but thanks to TDP – they aren’t.  The black hat SEO pirates would love it if the 2.3 million search engine results were still up, but thanks to TDP – they aren’t.  The for-profit pirates would love it if we hadn’t killed their Paypal accounts, but thanks to TDP – their ability to make money off piracy has been seriously cut off.  There is nothing nearly as satisfying as proving the naysayers wrong.  And when it comes to copyright infringement, there are 1000s and 1000s of enablers, copyright abolitionists and freeloaders who can’t wait to try and discourage anyone from ruining their free ride.  Don’t ever let the naysayers get you down, everyone who ever accomplished anything significant had naysayers telling them it couldn’t be done.  – http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/
  • According to Google’s Transparency Report, TDP is #1 for the past month in reporting copyright infringements.  Can a small business compete with giant companies like Microsoft and NBC Universal?  TDP is proof that you can.  And the best part, is we can do it for a fraction of the cost.  Anti-piracy should never cost you more than you’re losing to piracy.  This is a core value of our company.  http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/
  • Lots of upcoming news regarding TDP founder Nate Glass speaking at the upcoming CatalystCon as well as some cool interviews we’ve done in the past few days.

Big shout-outs to the excellent work being done by Robert King.  Check out his work at http://www.stopfilelockers.com/

As a man-on-a-mission, Mr. King has nearly single-handedly devastated the ability for piracy havens to process money through their services.  To all the naysayers claiming one person can’t make a difference, I submit Robert King.  Now of course the naysayers will never stop being naysayers, they’ll just keep moving the goal posts back until they’ve set the goal as unrealistic as possible.  This makes them feel vindicated when people don’t meet their insane requirements.  The key is to not take your eyes off the prize.  The naysayers and freeloaders love to try and set your goals for you, you simply must ignore them and work towards your own goals.

The engine of accomplishment runs on the fuel of naysayers.

You can quote me on that.

 

-Nate

Stats updated – 7.25 million infringements removed

We just updated new stats.  Check them out here:

http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/

This month we not only surpassed the 7 million infringement mark, but actually hit 7.25 million.  We’re gaining even more momentum.  The more naysayers we encounter the more motivated we become.

We’re also close to becoming the #5 reporting agency for the year according to Google.  We are currently #4 for the past month.

http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/reporters/?r=last-year

This past month we removed our one millionth torrent from piracy sites.  We looked into our torrent data and have cataloged over 150,000 different info hashes.  With this data, we plan on adding hash-specific search and removal, not only from Google but also from the sites themselves.

Interestingly enough, it was an email we received from a self-described pirate that encouraged us to utilize our hash data more.  It’s always a challenge to keep improving our systems.  We appreciate constructive criticism from all sides.

We’ve disabled comments on posts.  While I wholeheartedly welcome debate, it was clear to me that ‘debate’ was not what we were getting.  Hit & Run attacks from commenters who would leave one comment and never follow up, accusations of deleted comments when in actuality we approved all comments, cheap shot insults and basically both sides just yelling at brick walls – it was clear that nothing positive was coming from the comments or my attempts to address them.  I’m sure I’ll get flamed for this stance but it’s final.  If you want to criticize me, you can do it on your own blog, you’re absolutely free to do just that.

Big things are in the works for Takedown Piracy.  Stay tuned for more updates.

Piracy site uses extortion with copyright holders

One of the most common myths surrounding piracy sites is that they are non-profit, that they are just “sharing” with others and that they aren’t money motivated like those dirty capitalists.

Recently, we sent a fully DMCA compliant notice to a large torrent site.  While our notice was accurate and fully DMCA compliant…we did forget one thing.  The lump of money the piracy site demanded.

Here’s their takedown policy: (Click to enlarge)

So not only does this site profit by selling ads using other people’s hard work, but in the event you want your property removed from their website, it’s going to cost you $50 for EACH instance of copyright infringement.  The process of removing URLs is something many piracy sites simply automate.  Now I know the piracy apologists out there (and you know who you are) like to tout the myth that piracy sites are just some non-profit freedom fighters fighting against the evil corporations, but how can you guys defend this?  Something tells me we won’t see TechDirt, ArsTechnica or TorrentFreak doing an article about this, since it conflicts with the narrative they like to push.

And since the pirate apologists love to trump up made up stories ($72 trillion dollars anyone?), let’s play that same game with them.

Takedown Piracy is closing in on our 7 MILLIONTH infringement removed.  So how can we twist that around to make up a scathing headline against piracy?  Oh yeah:

7 million infringements

x

$50 per infringement removed

=

TORRENT SITE DEMANDS $350,000,000 TO REMOVE MATERIALS

 

That was fun!

Takedown Piracy Ranked on Google’s Top 5 List of Copyright Infringement Reporters

Ranked Above Music Studios, Software Developers, &

Expensive Anti-Piracy Companies, Takedown Piracy

Demonstrates Its Superior Services!

May 25, 2012 — CHATSWORTH, Calif. — Takedown Piracy is listed amongst Google’s top 5 reporters of copyright infringements.  The internet giant’s most current transparency report citing copyright statistics records the leading organizations requesting Google remove search results linking to allegedly infringing content (per Google.com).  Ranked above music studios, software developers, and anti-piracy companies costing more than 10 times as much, Google’s list demonstrates Takedown Piracy’s superior services.

 

To view Google’s list of top copyright infringement reporters, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/.

 

To view Google’s profile on Takedown Piracy’s effectiveness, visit http://www.google.com/transparencyreport/removals/copyright/reporters/1620/.

 

Takedown Piracy owner Nate Glass states, “Much of our effectiveness may be attributed to persistence.  It’s that persistence which has us in the same company as NBC / Universal and BPI for sheer volume of infringement reports to Google.  Actions speak louder than words, and I’m proud our clients can look on Google and see what we’ve done for them.”

 

Takedown Piracy’s new SEO program, Search Clean™, is responsible for eliminating infringements from even the largest search engines, like Google.  Combined with its custom tool, the Aikido Program™, Takedown Piracy is removing hundreds of thousands of copyright infringements at an incredible speed.

 

Takedown Piracy recently celebrated its 3-year anniversary combatting piracy.  Created by Nate Glass in 2009, Takedown Piracy is known for its highly effective and affordable services, while always operating with the utmost integrity.  Whether harnessing the power of its one-of-a-kind customs tools or following up on an individual file reported through its free piracy tip page, Takedown Piracy has been responsible for the removal of over 6.5 million copyright infringements.

 

For more information about Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/why-use-takedown-piracy/.

 

Takedown Piracy continues to be in the media spotlight for its renowned effectiveness fighting piracy.  Featured on CNBC.comTechDirt.com, The Daily.com, the 1709 Blog, and more, word is spreading about the small but mighty company, and its David versus Goliath story.

 

Wanting to better involve the fans of Takedown Piracy’s numerous artist clients, the company created a tips page.  Millions of additional eyes provide Takedown Piracy with an army seeking out illegal downloads on torrent, tube and cyberlocker sites.  Users are asked to report the copyright owner and a link to the infringement.  To report a copyright violation using Takedown Piracy’s tip page, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/tips/.

 

Takedown Piracy actively tracks at least nine different ways content may be pirated, providing widespread coverage.  Takedown Piracy’s army of servers offer protection in the following areas: Cyberlocker sites like Rapidshare, Torrent sites, Tube sites, Auctioned or unauthorized DVD resellers, Search Engines, Image Hosts, Blogs, Forums, Social Media.

 

To view a statistical breakdown of infringements removed by Takedown Piracy, visit http://takedownpiracy.com/stats/.

 

About Takedown Piracy:

Takedown Piracy (TDP) is an anti-piracy service started in April of 2009.  The service was founded by 14-year entertainment industry veteran Nate Glass.  TDP offers copyright holders an affordable and highly effective means to fight back against content thieves.  For less than the cost of a part-time, minimum wage worker, copyright holders can benefit from Glass’ expertise and passion for protecting copyrighted content from thieves.  To date, TDP has removed over 6.5 million content infringements.  Leading piracy websites are closely monitored to always provide clients with immediate service and protection.  Every month detailed reports are provided to clients with each action taken on their behalf.  A price can’t be placed on trust, but with Takedown Piracy, clients can be sure the company has their best interest in mind 100% of the time.  For more information, visit www.TakedownPiracy.com or www.Twitter.com/TakedownPiracy.

 

About Google:

Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.  Google has packed a lot into a relatively young life.  Creators Larry Page and Sergey Brin named the search engine they built “Google,” a play on the word “googol,” the mathematical term for a 1 followed by 100 zeros.   Google Inc. was born in 1998, when Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim wrote a check for $100,000 to that entity—which until then didn’t exist.  Since Google’s inception, it has grown to serve hundreds of thousands of users and customers around the world.  After going public in 2004, Google began to expand through its acquisition of companies like Keyhole and YouTube.  As of 2009, Alexa listed Google.com as the internet’s most visited site.  For more information, visit www.Google.com.

 

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Takedown Piracy

www.TakedownPiracy.com

[email protected]

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