p2pnet news | Freedom:- I’m really glad I made the switch to WordPress. It’s a great content management system: easy to use and complete with all kinds of extras, and all under one roof, so to speak.
For example, I can quickly see who’s linking to p2pnet stories and a couple of days ago, I noticed I was getting referrals from something called getamnesty.com.
And I still am, in fact.
I didn’t really pay attention until today when I had an email from Morg, an anonymous and occasional poster I have good reason to believe works within the corporate entertainment spindustry.
“I will say no more.”
Why ‘interesting’? – I wondered. And why ‘Say no more’? After all, I frequently post items such as yesterday’s stories on Yahoo’s problems with cyber dissidents who, thanks to Yahoo China, it appears, are now languishing in Chinese prisons.
getamnesty.com is probably promoting on- and offline freedom, I thought to myself, going on to other things.
But Boy! – was I wrong, as you can see from the pic on the right which looks like a CD that’s slowly decomposing, and which is kind of appropriate when you think about it.
Because the ‘amnesty’ site has absolutely nothing to do freedom. Rather, it’s another of those scummy RIAA / MPAA efforts which tries to trick people into handing over information about themselves to the entertainment cartels.
Far from being an amnesty offer, it’s a self-incrimination site identical to the one Warner Music, EMI, Vivendi Universal and Sony BMG’s RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) use to scam American university students into handing over information about themselves which the RIAA might use against them at some later date.
Getamnesty.com is, “designed to satisfy the needs of the rights holder to recover some of their losses due to copyright infringement, and to offer the infringing party a way to settle with the rights holder before more costly litigation ensues and to avoid possible criminal prosecution,” says the site, adding:
If you receive a notice that means that we have evidence of you infringing a copyright holder that we represent. Please stop and consider what such a paper trail could do to one`s future. We understand that this notice may come as a bit of a surprise to you, but we sincerely believe that signing our agreement is in your best interest. By accepting this settlement offer and by paying the specified amount, you will prevent any further legal or enforcement actions, which may be taken against you in respect to the files listed. Acceptance of this offer will also require an agreement by you to cease and desist from all intellectual property infringing activities on the titles listed in the future.
What a load of old bollocks.
I wish I thought like Wayne Crookes who’s suing a lot of people, including me, Google and Wikimedia, to name but a few.
He claims merely linking to a site he doesn’t like constitutes defamation.
It would have been both rich and ironic to have been able to sue the unnamed anal orifices who put up the ‘amnesty’ site.
But it doesn’t name the perpetrators, giving only snail-mail and email addies, and a phone number, to wit:
400 Gold Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: +1 505 248 0000
The registrar is THE NAME IT CORPORATION DBA NAMESERVICES.NET
If you’re in Albuquerque, or nearby, and you can get to 400 Gold, it’d be interesting to see what this building (as per the Google Earth pic below) is and what information, if any, is displayed there.
A photo or two would be nice as well
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet