MPAA & MediaDefender Respond to Exposure of Fake Video Download Site

From: Dylan Douglas <dylan_at_mediadefender.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jul 2007 15:56:07 -0700

http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8886/MPAA+%26+MediaDefender+Respond+to+Expo
sure+of+Fake+Video+Download+Site
 

MPAA denies any involvement with MediaDefender, the company behind MiiVi
<http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8880/Fake+MPAA+Video+Download+Site+Goes+Of
fline> , and Media Defender called it an "internal project that involved
video."

In the latest twist to the ongoing saga
<http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8877/Gotcha!+New+MPAA+Site+Tries+to+Trick+
Users+into+Illegally+Downloading+Movies> concerning the now defunct
<http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8880/Fake+MPAA+Video+Download+Site+Goes+Of
fline> fake BitTorrent <http://www.zeropaid.com/links/bittorrent/>
video download site MiiVi.com, the MPAA denies any involvement with the
company behind it, and MediaDefender calls it an "internal R&D" site
"that involved video" and had "nothing to do with antipiracy.
<http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic
&articleId=9026374&source=rss_topic17> "

Yep, that's right MediaDefender calls it an "...internal project that
involved video" and "had nothing to do with anti-piracy."

So let me get this straight. A company who bills itself
<http://www.mediadefender.com/aboutUs.html> as the "...undisputed
provider of choice for most global content owners, and has retained a
dominant position in the P2P (Peer-to-Peer) Anti-Piracy Industry" and
also has "...been contracted by every major record label and every major
movie studio, video game publishers, software publishers, and anime
publishers" claims that creating a site that offered full-length movie
downloads of Batman Begins
<http://i64.photobucket.com/albums/h187/soulxtc/miivi1d.png> and 300
<http://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-gang-launches-their-own-video-downl
oad-site-to-trap-people/> was merely part of an "internal R&D" project?
Moreover, the MPAA is also claiming
<http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070706-mediadefender-denies-entr
apment-accusations-with-fake-torrent-site.html> that it has "...no
relationship with that company at all?"

In an interview with ArsTechnica
<http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070706-mediadefender-denies-entr
apment-accusations-with-fake-torrent-site.html> , MediaDefender's Randy
Saaf says that "MediaDefender was working on an internal project that
involved video and didn't realize that people would be trying to go to
it and so we didn't password-protect the site. It was just an oversight
from that perspective. This was not an entrapment site, and we were not
working with the MPAA on it. In fact, the MPAA didn't even know about
it."

Ars points out that if it was merely an "internal project" then why did
it then remove all contact info from the whois registry
<http://www.whois.net/whois_new.cgi?d=miivi.com&tld=com> for the
domain? Apparently because of hackers and spam. Saaf said "...that after
everything hit the fan, the company decided to take everything on the
site down because it was afraid of a hacker attack or 'people sending us
spam.'"

According to an interview in an article
<http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic
&articleId=9026374&source=rss_topic17> on Computerworld, Saaf also
commented that "...the decision to take down Miivi was made because of
the reactions generated by the blog postings, particularly after it
appeared on sites such as Digg
<http://www.computerworld.com/action/inform.do?command=search&searchTerm
s=Digg+Inc.> ," and that "'People started to hack us. It started to
become a big mess. It became like a 'let's torch them down' mentality
out there.'" Hmm, I wonder why.

 
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Dylan Douglas
MediaDefender
 
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