April 26, 2006

Nothin' but fun 'round here...

by Chris Randall

So one of our loyal customers informed me of a site which was selling, among many other things, the entire Audio Damage product line. I got this email before I'd had my morning dose of caffeine and nicotine, and was thus quite excitable.

I quickly did a WHOIS on the site, got the technical contact, and called this kid in Florida and just opened up. I may have used the word "fucking" occasionally. Turns out, the site got hijacked, so it was (nominally) not his fault. My lovely and talented wife broke in to the admin for the site, and started merrily deleting files so the store wouldn't work, while I gave Paypal and the guy's ISP a good bell-ringing.

Long story short, problem solved, at least temporarily. I'm on a Piracy Rampage, though. Fair warning.




Apr.26.2006 @ 1:59 PM
That is fucked up. Nicely handled though....I hope they weren't able to "sell" any AD stuff before you shut them down.

I guess the unavoidable reality is that when something you make gets popular enough, somebody is going to bootleg it. I'm reminded of the page on the Zvex site about the bootleg pedal knockoffs he's found. Weird. I guess all you can do is be diligent about watching out for it.

It seems your wife is even more geek than you (or I). Remarkable. Kudos to her!



Apr.26.2006 @ 2:01 PM
rampage away!

Apr.26.2006 @ 3:08 PM
Chris Randall
My wife makes me look like a complete incompetent, vis-a-vis things internet. As I've mentioned before, she wrote the Positron Records store from scratch:

link [shop.positronreds.co...]">link [shop.positronreds.co...]

She's started a web design company, and their first project is the Audio Damage store; we should be seeing the fruits of their labour soon.

Regarding the piracy issue, I tend to ignore it. Our reasoning is that there are some people that pay for plugins, and others that don't. But I'll be god damned if I'm gonna sit by while someone charges for our products; if you're gonna pirate them, just pirate the fuckers. Don't actually give money to someone else. I mean, if you're already lacking in morals enough to steal in the first place, no sense in enabling some Russian kid's meth habit while you're at it.



Apr.26.2006 @ 3:41 PM
Muff Wiggler
last i saw on Z.Vexx there was a pics of ONE counterfeit product that had turned up, which Zack bought himself. Basically the gist was "if you are worried about buying a fake Z.Vexx product, relax, I've scoured the world and only one has turned up, EVER. And it was a poor fake, here's why etc etc"

but the point still stands, and I'm surely not defending these little fuckers. I have a software company as well....while we haven't been on piracy sites or P2P (we are FAR too niche), our own dealer channel has been caught on numerous occasions selling CD-R copies of our product. That almost hurts more.


Apr.26.2006 @ 6:02 PM
Illegal copies hurt any business more than illegal downloads. This is also for the music industry who don't realise this as the main problem. But ofcourse opinions are mixed and there are many papers regarding the fact that illegal downloads is not the worst problem but just like you experienced... the sale of illegal copies. Because those are people who are actually interested in your product. Not some guy who downloads the frog song to listen to it once and let his friends hear this crappy tune... he wouldn't buy it anyway even if there wasn't internet.
if you understand where i'm going ..

But it is harder to see what is official on the street and what's not. I see these stores selling cheap compilations cds and they look like crap.. is it official ?? who knows ??

And china is just beginning...

But i think Chris does a very nice job even at the upgrade prices etc... your fanbase will stay unlike waves or any other corp in that same fashion.
Acting cool pays off.


Apr.26.2006 @ 6:11 PM
Jan Czmok
well. to comment on bugsstar:

it's not just the upgrade prices... it's the whole product line that rocks ...

he has _exactly_ the solution i was asking for ...


Apr.26.2006 @ 8:29 PM
Eff that ess right up the emm-effing ay, bee.

Apr.26.2006 @ 9:20 PM
Jeff C
If you need any help with copyright matters, let me know. I deal with DMCA stuff on a regular basis (part of my job).

I'm definitely not a lawyer, but I wouldn't charge you, either. :>

In a nutshell: If this happens again, you can skip the middle-man and just send a DMCA Notification to the web host. That will, more often than not, do the trick within 24-48 hours or so.


Apr.26.2006 @ 9:34 PM
Chris Randall
Breaking in to and basically deleting the site, and having his Paypal account revoked, only took 15 minutes, and had the same net effect.





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