Posted in music on September 19, 2012

Don't steal our MP3s dudes
Iced Earth

An independent record label, a foreign film company and several pornography studios have declared war on illegal file sharing in New Jersey, suing more than 12,000 people since June for allegedly using peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully distribute copyrighted material over the Internet....

...McDaniel's clients include a London-based record company, Century Media Ltd., which is suing fans of two popular metal bands for allegedly using the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol to unlawfully distribute their music online.

Two of the suits aim to halt the illicit distribution of "Dark Adrenaline," the most recent album by the Italian band Lacuna Coil. The suits collectively target 3,136 John Doe defendants.

Four similar civil complaints accuse another 4,327 unnamed file swappers of illegally distributing "Dystopia," the 2011 album by Iced Earth, a Florida-based metal band on the Century Media label.

McDaniel is also representing a German film company, Amselfilm Productions GmbH & CO. KG of Berlin, which holds the rights to the 2011 Russian movie "Bablo," or "The Dough." Three suits, filed in late June at the same time as the six Century Media cases, contend 4,654 people shared pirated copies of the film.

"Illegal downloading has reached epidemic proportions, as thousands of works are pirated on a daily basis through bit torrents that rob copyright holders of the value of their creative work," McDaniel wrote in a suit he filed last year in Newark on behalf of another German client, Baseprotect UG Ltd. [ (via Pitchfork)]

In related news, Drake is the most pirated artist in the US.

Happy Speak Like a Pirate day y'all!



Comments (20)

Intellectual property is a joke. Your days are numbered scoundrals.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 5:53 PM

What goes around comes around.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 5:59 PM


Posted by Tumbleweed | September 19, 2012 6:04 PM

^ dumb as fuck right there

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 6:24 PM

I'm gonna extend 6:24's sentiment to the collective group;

Instead of that lazy eyed monobrow in both the margins, there should just be the phrase "DUMB AS FUCK RIGHT THERE" pointed at the entire BV commetariat, on every article.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 6:37 PM

I think the public embarrasment of having downloaded Lacuna Coil should be enough of a penalty.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 7:03 PM

7:03 wins.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 7:49 PM

Mitt's right-- 47% of the populace expect everything for free. Times up moochers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 7:54 PM

Who knew the BV commenter's had a Ayn Rand mentality.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 8:36 PM

5:53 = part of the problem.

Posted by Anonymous | September 19, 2012 8:38 PM

Mad Sausage is mad about mp3 sharing that will probably get them the only audience to come to their shows.

I play guitar too you shmucks, don't you realize most people find a way to get your music, at least that's why I openly stream my stuff to get a bigger audience (lets recollect on how bands like Arctic Monkeys would have never gotten famous if it weren't for the internet and its supposed "evil file sharing techniques")

And guess what I do if you tour and I really like your band?


Seriously, I know most other music fans do the same but I can't understand why most bands can't see this mentality as being OK.

Posted by Sam | September 19, 2012 9:00 PM

^ Most artists/bands don't make anywhere near decent money on the road. For the most part they'd be financially better off working any minimum wage job.

Fact. Period.

Anyone who believes otherwise has never worked in the music/touring industry and has no knowledge of the way the music/touring industry works in general.

There's enough ways now for people to pay the artists/bands directly for their music if they were concerned with the livelihoods of their favorite artists/bands.

These pieces of shit don't care. They're not concerned. They're fucking leeches.


Get sued, leeches. Hope you all lose.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 6:32 AM

Sam, where's the link to your "stuff."
I can't wait to hear it!

Posted by No, really. | September 20, 2012 6:50 AM

^ In other words, you all had the chance with the internet to do the right thing by your favorite artist/bands that the record company's have been ripping off for decades.

But you didn't, did you?

In other words, you're no better than the "greedy record company's" you claim to be the "reason" for your illegal file sharing.

In other words, new boss is the same as the old boss.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 6:50 AM

^ Maybe even worse than the old boss? The old boss actually employed a good many people.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 7:03 AM

I download music, and sometimes I even tell people it's my band when the music is playing, stealing twice!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 12:33 PM

Iced Earth is still around? Their last good album was what, ten years ago?

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 1:12 PM

^haha seriously, when I saw "Iced Earth" in the title of this article I thought I misread. WTF

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 1:29 PM

people would rather spend the $12 bucks on beer and domino's. fuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 4:01 PM

C'mon Sam, link us to your music!
The world is waiting!

Posted by Anonymous | September 20, 2012 6:42 PM

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