Six Strikes Against the Six Strikes Plan

Soon the ISPs will unleash their "Six Strikes" plan. Here are our six strikes against their nefarious plan. The level of corruption will shock you.

The six strikes plan is a threat to the internet and our culture. These morons are trying to stack the deck against innovation and progress. We don't have to take it.

There were a few things that didn't make the cut in the video that I would like to mention here. Another issue with the Six Strikes plan is that is claims to be about protecting content creators and copyright holders, however it only protects "big media". Indie artists are left with no protection. I mean, is anyone going to care if you download a Zweihander torrent.

Most indie artists do not want this "protection" anyway. They understand that sharing is key to their success. I thought I should mention that since it was good stuff, but didn't make the cut.

Let's discuss! Also, please share the video. The more we talk about the root of the problem the more chance we have to change things. I'm truly sick of all these other "journalists" out there that simply deliver the news. They miss the point. It's time to get mad. 

Here are the raw, unedited notes from the video... so ignore the shorthand:

Six Strikes Against the RIAA, MPAA, Big Media, and the Powers that be

Speed history lesson (we will cover it a little more in "Strike 6")

This is as much about controlling the information as it is about controlling the flow of money!

  • Printing press 
    • upset the price of books
    • upset the spread of information
    • powers that be freaked out
    • peasants can read!!!

These morons should know that free information will change the world (just like the press)... and most people will agree that the world is better if information is attainable. However, the powers that be have a disease. They don't want anyone else to have access to information and they want all the money. It's irrational, it's despicable, but it's how they are. Put on your tin foil hats if you want to look deeper into that... We are going to move on. 

Next month the ISPs start the six strikes nonsense. Mention companies involved: AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Time Warner, or Verizon 


SIX Strikes against the RIAA and the MPAA 


Background on this: The ISPs & "content creators" created the Center for Copyright Information (CCI). They are using MakeMonitor to monitor the traffic. They agreed to hire an impartial third party to guarantee the accuracy of the evidence...  


Strike 1: Corruption

    • MarkMonitor runs the system that identifies illicit activity
    • Stroz Friedberg was hired as an "independent third party" to evaluate MarkMonitor
    • Stroz Friedberg lobbied for the RIAA from 2004 to 2009 (earning $637,000)

Also interesting, MakeMonitor owns the company DtecNet. This company already works closely with the RIAA and MPAA in Irleland where they have a three-strikes program. DtecNet knows almost nothing about BitTorrent technology. It's a massive joke. This is full of mistakes and blatant errors: http://www.scribd.com/doc/62091097/DtecNet-After-Pirate-Bay-White-Paper-Oct-2009


Strike 2: Corruption

  • Beryl A. Howell - Former RIAA lobbyist put in place to Bully the ISP's into 
    • Federal Judge now ruling on BitTorrent lawsuits (Said ISP's deserve copyright trolls for not doing more to stop infringement... totally siding with the RIAA, etc.)
    • Used to be one of the biggest lobbyists for the RIAA
    • They are using her to help bully the ISP's into doing their bidding "The ISP's are not doing enough to stop piracy" she said... 



The users are guilty until proven innocent...


Strike 3: The Tracking System is a joke

  • ·         Often this IP thing is poorly understood by the judge and Grandma’s / Dead people end up losing court battles anyway.
  • ·         The punishments in these cases are absolutely outrageous. Jamie Thomas was fined 675,0000 – a verdict clearly designed to be punitive and hopefully scare anyone, guilty or not, into doing whatever they can to settle matters.  


Strike 4: This will cause internet crime/ identity theft to rise

  • The parties that want to pirate or value their privacy will be driven underground
    • Liken this to the drug wars and how they cause increased violence... drugs are still trafficked... people still do them... it's just all underground now
  • WPA & WEP are very easy to crack these days
    • Users will be encouraged to hack into neighbors routers... this means innocent people will receive strikes... courts are already finding people guilty for traffic that occurs on their network... even if they are unaware of this traffic (absolutely absurd)

Strike 5: People will Practice Safe Sharing - You can not stop culture... you can not stop sharing... it's human nature... 

The VCR is going to kill the industry, the cassette tape is going to ruin the industry, the mini-disc is going to destroy profits, etc. NOPE 


The RIAA says this on their website: "While downloading one song may not feel that serious of a crime, the accumulative impact of millions of songs downloaded illegally – and without any compensation to all the people who helped to create that song and bring it to fans – is devastating.  One credible study by the Institute for Policy Innovation pegs the annual harm at $12.5 billion dollars in losses to the U.S. economy as well as more than 70,000 lost jobs and $2 billion in lost wages to American workers."


Rob Reid did an amazing Ted Talk in which he used their math to value his iPod at $8 Billion dollars. http://blog.ted.com/2012/03/20/the-numbers-behind-the-copyright-math/ (It's hilarious and sad) 


Also, people that share files buy 30% MORE music than others (according to the http://americanassembly.org/ (Columbia University): http://piracy.americanassembly.org/where-do-music-collections-come-from/

Lastly, even the RIAA's own study concluded that 70% of all file sharing is done offline... through harddrives, etc. This will increase. 



Strike 6: The RIAA, MPAA, and judges like Beryl A. Howell are on the wrong side of history.

Talk about different techs a little... printing press again... the reaction of the nobility and "powers that be"... liken that to today?

Information will be free one day. These morons will not live forever... They will die and their ways will die with them (will they?). 

I just want to mention the future and challenge the RIAA, MPAA, etc. to think about what they are really doing. 

A Message from Wendell

DO YOU PEOPLE REALIZE that one of the foundational tenants of copyright law is that you cannot copyright an idea? Merely an expression of that idea – written, performance, pictorial, etc. And copyright law was designed to carefully balance the positive benefit of encouraging genius and promoting useful discoveries and the overall benefit to society. Currently copyright is extremely long – about 170 years for corporations.. but originally when enacted in the US it was about 14 years.



Like the US, many other countries have extended the copyright term. Effectively this keeps more and more works out of the public domain

Pride and Prejudice. And Zombies.

The public domain provision in copyright law is built with the intent to encourage progress in the arts and sciences (a goal considered noble enough to be included in the U.S. Constitution) by enabling the production of derivative works. Whether this is a cross-media adaptation, such as an innovative film by a crew that could never afford the rights to an owned property, a fresh translation of an ancient text, or inserting zombie-combat into a novel of 19th century British manners, the principle is the same. Such a new creative act, built upon those previous, can be just as viable as a work of pure imagination.


My message to you guys is to critically look at the media that you enjoy – your music and your movies. Why do you need it. I have to have it.  It is back to the culture – our collective culture. But now – now that we have the internet – why do we need this industry in its current form? If we can just ween ourselves off of this industry, and vote with our dollars, it will hasten the transformation of this industry. It will bring about an information/cultural renaissance that we desperately need. All of this maneuvering, and lost sleep, by these dusty old suits is only delaying the inevitable; their business model of being middle-men and their tight controls to create artificial scarcity (to drive prices up).

WHILE WE ARE WAITING FOR THEM TO DIE – go out. Smell the world. Taste some other deliciousness. Check out some indie bands, check out some indie films. Look for media from other sources. If we put onions on our belts for a couple of years their whole thing will be dead in the water. And it will be a glorious dawn. ALL HAIL etc.


posted 3 years 9 months ago

Awesome Video, i cant wait to see your future ones regarding internet privacy. I for one torrent quite a bit and I feel a strong letter to AT&T containing the information you related to us in this video wont do a damn thing in keeping me from getting warned or kicked and fined. Im glad you took such a strong stand on this issue as it is truly threatening our culture. I love your videos and look forward to everything you have to post in the future. P.S. your album is awesome! I couldnt hep but set "Video Games" as my ringtone.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

You know what the real treagedy of this is going to be? It's going to be that people outside the US will probably be affected by having similar laws set by their governments as a lot of countries look up to how the US manages its laws and whatnot.

Also, could someone tell me what in the name of GOD are politician's thinking? People went crazy about SOPA/PIPA and they're trying to get things to run the same way those pieces of legistlation were leading to, how stupid is that? Why are they not voted out of office? Why are nerds not announcing their candidacy for office in order to take things into their own hands. I mean, if a group of internet dwellers rose to office where their voice has real impact thanks to the constitution, it will make a difference no matter how much money the obsolete businesses throw at the issue.

Just looking at the situation makes me want to quote the AVGN in saying "agh, mother of a f**k"

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Well, they sort of will be. UK will implement this system in 2014, france has been trying to push such a law for ages, new zealand already has a three-strike system, sweden.. well, do I need to say anything about sweden?, and afaik canada is also being lobbied by the same cats that are lobbying in the us.

I cannot imagine the situation in australia/germany being any better.


So, yeah - someone please get me off this planet.


posted 3 years 9 months ago

Move to balkan there are no rules here :)

posted 3 years 9 months ago

well considering every potition it seems is bought by the big indestries its every politician pushing for this.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Do you think there will be a way to check the number of strikes your ISP accounts have? Or will that enter into a situation where they say "Why do you need to check it if you're not doing anything illegal?"

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Im assuming your ISP will send you a notice saying you have X many strikes out of 6 and if you continue doing what you're doing youll get B& blah blah blah... at least thats what Comcast sent me when i downloaded over a terabyte of data in a month on my internet plan. (except with no strikes)

posted 3 years 9 months ago

$15/month is going to have to be added to my internet bill pretty soon here, need that VPN access.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Excellent video.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Anyone else think Logan should make a Change.org petition about this? It may not do much put at the least it might make a statement

posted 3 years 9 months ago

i agree with this

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Also IDK if anyone else has noticed this but right now the vid has 800 likes and 0 dislikes

posted 3 years 9 months ago

I wish this Like/Dislike ratio would last forever.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Meanwhile, in Hollywood, every film makers and directors today are not what you want to compare to the ones back in the early days. Seriously, media culture is turning into a bukkake of psychos. I would not want to credit the most of them.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

To make the lawsuits sound even more ridiculous, here in Texas, I can go to a store, steal up to $50 of merchandise, and get fined a maximum of $500.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

can you turn your mic up a little, when the adverts come on there 5 times louder than you :(


as for the 6 strikes. yeah, dont buy shonky music any more if i want to listen to something i use youtube to find songs (by non company uploaders)

posted 3 years 9 months ago

So, six strikes for alleged filesharing or whatever, and they cut off your internet access? Sounds very much like the scenario in Doctorow's "Pirate Cinema" novel. ... Which was written as a cautionary dystopian SF.

Yeeah. I really wish the US didn't have such an incredible impact on the global internet and international laws - basically we are all getting screwed by the utter idiocy that the US fatcats are trying to push. And we can't even really protest against it, since we're not in the states. ... Sigh.


Edit: and the same crap is happening in europe as well: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jun/26/ofcom-outlines-anti-pir... , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HADOPI_law ... So, which countries are left as viable living choices, then?

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Definitally using this for my Pig and Econ class! Thank you Logan!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

  Thank you once again for pointing out the BS that is going on in our world today. I have posted this on Facebook, emailed the You Tube video to everyone in my mailing list. This nonsense must stop! This is a perfect example of the Golden Rule. He who has the gold makes the rules. Revolution is at hand!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

"Information will be free one day. These morons will not live forever... They will die and their ways will die with them (will they?). "

"If there is a Sith Master then there is always a Sith Padawan"

The only thing I see in this so called "media industry" is greed and ignorance. One of the biggest things we can do as a whole is to stop listening to the nonsense and begin buying indie music and movies. This way we can starve the media monster instead of assaulting it directly.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

sith apprentice not "Sith Padawan" only jedi have Padawan.

but yes i agree and get what you are saying the greedy evil old farts that will be done soon must have passed down there greedy ways to a new Gen.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Logan just kicks so much ass

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Why is the angry man pointing and yelling at me~!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

The moment Logan said "Get mad" I instantly thought of Cave Johnson. Logan, you are now Cave Johnson.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Best video ever!

Way to go guys!!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Now switching to VPS. 

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Thursday October 25, 2012 Torrent Site Webhost Ordered to Pay "Piracy" Damages

After this ruling from the Court of The Hague, you can just imagine how popular webhosting for torrent sites will be in the future. eek!

Hollywood-backed anti-piracy outfit BREIN has won a landmark case against XS Networks, the former hosting provider of torrent site SumoTorrent. The Court of The Hague ruled that the provider is responsible for damages copyright holders suffered through the torrent site’s activities. The Dutch verdict has far-reaching implications for the liability of hosting providers for the conduct of their clients.-

posted 3 years 9 months ago

Please don´t turn this into an Alex Jones-type show. It will only attract all those conspiracy theorists. The fact that the dude behind the camera mentioned the Builderburgers is already worrying.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

I dont believe that stopping the people who just take from the internet and never give is a bad thing... after all...  the internet was created and nurtured mostly by people who GIVE information.  i just think its impossible to target and stop these people without collaterall damage to casual or constructive users of the internet. so why bother. 

A good portion of the pressure to prevent sharing of media is coming from record companies, game publishers and movie studio's. which begs the question.... didnt you see that one coming???? these people have no one to blame but themselves for losing profit. Their own technologies are superceded by people at home with pc's and internet connections and their top r+d cant outsmart or out-program the vast community of the web. you dont put shit into digital format or put shit on the internet and then expect it not to get shared. would you slap a lion in the face and expect not to get you face chewed off???? 

The internet is the most powerful tool ever devised! But not on single person made it. It was made by the union of billions" And how is it done?... By sharing! the irony is nearly unbearable :)




posted 3 years 9 months ago

The more I watch you guys the more I like you. I'm extremely happy I managed to find you a few months ago. Thanks for the invaluable insight regarding the internet privacy. Thank you once again for the all the research and work you do. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

posted 3 years 9 months ago

walter isaacson's portrait of einstein is awesome. he is definitely not the person who I thought he was. 

posted 3 years 9 months ago

I learned about all this in school, it was a great course.  Henry Jenkins (I think it was him) is a very smart dude  when it comes to intellectual property arguments and he tells us that we not only have a right to download 'illlegal' files, but we have a duty to as our freedoms are being taken away... Can't remeber his exact arguments, but he is an interesting guy to look up.  Also I am only 4 minutes into the vid so if he is brought up, sorry for the pointless comment


posted 3 years 9 months ago

well said Logan. These are the kinds of videos that inspire

posted 3 years 9 months ago

I feel like someone should make a Kickstarter or indiegogo page for this Joel guy. Get his life back.

posted 3 years 9 months ago

sadly another part of the reason they put such absurd damage is to make examples of people.  

posted 3 years 9 months ago

But doesn't this violate your privacy rights?

posted 3 years 9 months ago

New to Tek Syndicate and just watched this very informaitve and totally true video.Being in the UK stuff like this when pushed through will make countries take note and do something on the same lines which is very depressing and scarey.

posted 3 years 5 months ago


because we all should watch it again.