We got this nice comment today from Francine Hardaway on behalf of Zedo (who we called out in an earlier post). It's gratifying to hear that a company in the ad network business cares enough about artists to respond to criticism. This exchange highlights the most important aspect of the collision of legitimate companies with the seedy underbelly of the Internet--it's not enough to sit back and wait for someone to formally notify you when things are going wrong.
Still think that the illegal exploitation of artists work is about freedom and sharing? From the looks of the screen shots below it’s about mass scale, enterprise level ad laundering with money originating on Madison Avenue. Or, in the case of Neiman Marcus maybe 5th Avenue?
These are major brands and corporations like State Farm Insurance, Neiman Marcus, Ferguson, Kohler, Register.com, Google and even the Ad Council who are aiding in the exploitation of, and profiting from the infringement of the artists work.
Yes Google we’re following the money and it leads back to these major brands and companies (like Google).
We’re not sure how Talib Kweli feels about all this, but maybe we’ll tweet him to find out.Earlier this summer we noticed Talib retweeted the “Letter To Emily.”
Talib Kweli Greene @TalibKweli
RT @SLondonChicinFL: EXCELLENT must read for anyone who has downloaded music illegally http://tinyurl.com/7rqlppb
of course one of the greatest irony’s of pirate culture is protecting their IP while profiting from everyone else’s…
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The Canadian bit torrent site and Geist darling Isohunt was found in 2010 to be a copyright infringer in no uncertain terms (probably because they are clearly a massive and intentional infringer). According to the Financial Post:
...Canada’s most notorious file sharing Website is facing increasing legal pressure from legal authorities in the United States.
On Thursday, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen Wilson in Los Angeles issued a permanent enjoinment against Gary Fung, the Richmond, B.C.
Four international translations via Google Translate.
In German Via Google Translate : The Trichordist – Artists For An Ethical Internet
In der deutschen Via Google Translate: Die Trichordist – Künstler für eine ethische Internet
In French Via Google Translate : The Trichordist – Artists For An Ethical Internet
En français Via Google Translate: Le Trichordist – Artistes pour un Internet éthique
In Spanish Via Google Translate : The Trichordist – Artists For An Ethical Internet
En español a través de Google Translate: El Trichordist – Artistas para una Internet Ética
In Italian Via Google Translate : The Trichordist – Artists For An Ethical Internet
In italiano via Google Translate: Il Trichordist – Artisti Per Un Internet etica