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MediaDefender's Parent Company Joins P2P Market 40

Posted by Soulskill
from the playing-both-sides dept.
An anonymous reader writes with news that ArtistDirect, the company who acquired MediaDefender, has launched another company called PiCast for the purpose of P2P video distribution. The reader says: "This is a strange twist for a company which last year set up a video-sharing site called Miivi in an attempt to entrap users uploading copyrighted content, and was caught launching a DoS attack against Revision3, which we discussed earlier this year."
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MediaDefender's Parent Company Joins P2P Market

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  • Strange twist? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mwvdlee (775178) on Saturday October 04, 2008 @07:42AM (#25255447) Homepage

    "This is a strange twist for a company which last year set up a video-sharing site called Miivi in an attempt to entrap users uploading copyrighted content, and was caught launching a DoS attack against Revision3, which we discussed earlier this year."

    How is setting up another scam service considered a "strange twist"?

    • "This is a strange twist for a company which last year set up a video-sharing site called Miivi in an attempt to entrap users uploading copyrighted content, and was caught launching a DoS attack against Revision3, which we discussed earlier this year."

      How is setting up another scam service considered a "strange twist"?

      It isn't a strange twist for them to be setting up a legit company for legit paid-for content either.

      Infact, the only "strange twist" that could occur is if they went against their primary motive of chasing cash from their activities in p2p - and suddenly decided to support piracy in earnest.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        It isn't a strange twist for them to be setting up a legit company for legit paid-for content either.

        Given what they did to Revision3, which was a legit company distributing legit, free content, it seems like very much a strange twist.

        Of course, if I get slightly more cynical, of course it makes sense -- good PR about them doing legit P2P, to counter bad PR about them attacking legit P2P. In fact, in light of this, the attack on Revision3 makes sense -- it would be an attack against a competitor.

    • by zappepcs (820751)

      It's only strange because the editors did not give this story an 'isatrap' tag. MediaDefender and more specifically it's board spent too much time watching 'It takes a theif' and snorting coke when they should have been paying attention in law school.

      Oh where Oh where is Judge Roy Bean when you need him. He'd bring Chuck Norris in as the bailiff, and ninjas as the jury, then ask the entire prosecuting attorneys team questions from an LSAT study book before each day of court to ensure they actually sent lawy

  • if you can't beat 'em, join 'em...

    • if you can't beat 'em, join 'em...

      I am more inclined to believe that it is a simple business rule to go where the money is. Soon they will have run their current well dry and need a new money maker to move on to. But I didn't bother to RTFA.

  • It's a trap. (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Sir_Lewk (967686)
    If ever there was an article deserving of the "itsatrap" tag...
  • "There's nothing more difficult than trying to intercept a 3-gigabit file of a new movie release," says PiCast vice president of business development Jonathan Lee.

    *cough* Other than somehow making your group of companies appear less-than-evil. Good luck with that btw, :D

  • by Greyor (714722)
    Doesn't this seem like a huge conflict of interests to anyone?

    "Defending" media (ha ha); now they're making their job easier... entrapment perhaps?

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