The clip on the right is from a letter sent to the father of Breno Cavalheiro, a Brisbane student thrown out of his dormitory on the say-so of Sony Music, with MediaSentry up front.
On May 22 we posted an email from Breno which said »»»
Yesterday I got called into the Managers office because the network manager had been contacted by Mediasentry and emailed one of the generic copyright infringement emails as a result of me downloading Angels and Demons.
The manager then proceeded to adopt an -as far as i can tell- exageratingly literal interpretation of the following exerpt from the automated email:
1.) Disable access to the individual who has engaged in the conduct described above; and
2.) Terminate any and all accounts that this individual has through you
With less than a month left to the semester and in the misdt of the examination period he has asked me to leave the dorm.
While I understand he does reserve the right to terminate my stay at his descretion I was just inquiring about the seriousness of recieving a MediaSentry email and if they are infact even lisensed to conduct their investigative work outside of the United States.
Now instead of studying for my exams and working on my final assignments I must take time to find a place to live before the 29th of May (2009).
Recording Industry vs The People’s Ray Beckerman had strong reservations as to whether in fact this was MediaSentry, the ‘investigative’ company used by Vivendi Universal, EMI, Warner Music and Sony Music’s RIAA to provide ‘evidence’ in file sharing cases, but which was recently fired by the corporate music extortionate unit.
“I just have a hunch it wasn’t really MediaSentry,” said Beckerman.
“MediaSentry never locates actual downloads.”
It does now — in Australia at least.
In a Reader’s Write, “I forwarded Jon the email my father received from the dorm manager with the emails the network manager received from mediasentry attached,” says Breno, continuing »»»
As I`ve already gotten kicked out and don`t see any chance of me being let back, even until the holidays, I was just writing to inquire about the seriousness of receiving one of these emails from Mediasentry.
I have been doing some research on my own and discovered Mediasentry is not even licensed to act in some States in the US so I was merely wondering if they are licensed to do so outside of the US (Australia).
Before it was fired by the RIAA, MediaSentry was indeed apparently functioning without official approval in a number of states across America, one such being Michigan where Randy Kruger, the father of RIAA victim Brittany Kruger, is still trying to have the company investigated by state authorities.
MediaSentry provided ‘ evidence’ for the Jammie Thomas case, set for re-trial in June.
In his Reader”s Write, Breno adds »»»
What would one do if they were living at home and received one of these emails themselves, Is it cause to show alarm or just a sort of warning. When I was called in the Manager tried to tell me he was contacted personally by Sony Pictures and a lawsuit was imminent if he did not keep his agreement with them and remove me from the dorm. How accurate is this?
Lie, cheat, deceive
The term Bad Actor is popular with politicians and the many and various representatives of the Big 4 music labels, said p2pnet recently, going on »»»
A person that attempts to lie, cheat, or deceive
MediaSentry is a bad actor.
For years it`s been the lynchpin of RIAA file sharing cases against innocent American men, women and children.
Which makes the deeply troubled RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), virtually owned and operated by Vivendi Universal (France), Sony (Japan), EMI (Britain), and Warner Music (US, but controlled by a Canadian), an even worse actor.
`Evidence` produced by MediaSentry â bought by SafeNet Digital Rights Management for cash and stock consideration of $20 million in 2005 is still openly presented in US courtrooms by the RIAA just as though it`s accurate and reliable and developed by credible sources.
But … the company was sold to rival MediaDefender for a paltry $136,000 in cash and a promise of $800,000 in a year.
Just $136,000 for a company which only three years earlier SafeNet – with Chris Feede running it – had bought for twenty million dollars?
MediaDefender is owned by ARTISTdirect.
‘I field DMCA take-down requests’
MediaSentry’s new owner boasts on its web site:
“The MediaSentry Services portfolio provides clients with powerful, end-to-end solutions designed to meet specific content protection, intelligence and distribution needs. With a global infrastructure spanning the most prolific P2P networks as well as emerging communities and user-generated content (UGC) sites, MediaSentry is dedicated to helping content owners not only understand but also leverage today’s largest base of online consumers. MediaDefender`s existing peer-to-peer (P2P) services deliver unparalleled copyright enforcement capabilities that significantly reduce the ability of pirates to access copyrighted material.”
And if further proof were needed, “Someone I know was forwarded a MediaSentry notice by their ISP (for allegedly p2p downloading a particular ebook), with the ISP threatening to disconnect if it happened again. So yes, MediaSentry are in action in Australia,” says Anonymous Coward another Reader’s Write.
Could he be referring to Harry Potter?
“My employer is an Internet Service Provider, and from time to time our end-users may take it upon themselves to skirt around the release schedules and pricing schemes of various intellectual property industries. Traditionally the owners of those properties have been quite strident in their tone towards alleged pirates. This morning I noticed that J.K. Rowling’s folks have taken a more fan-friendly approach for an audio-book version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone …”
It goes on »»»
Unauthorized file sharing is illegal. However, we truly appreciate yourinterest in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Audio). We are making every attempt to provide this wonderful content to you in a host of legitimate ways, one of which is through the following website:
That`s a big change from the You`re a criminal and we`ll see your ass in court approach I`ve been seeing for years. A welcome change that I hope some of the other IP-enforcement types pick up on. Try to win back your customers. Barring that, stop twirling your mustaches and cackling evilly.
The correspondence is signed by, you guessed it, ‘A Kempe MediaSentry Operations’
Definitely stay tuned.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
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