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Fake MPAA Video Download Site Goes Offline

Fake MPAA Video Download Site Goes Offline

Thanks to all the publicity, MediaDefender tries to lay low and decides to parks “Miivi” for now.

A few days ago I reported on how one of the MPAA’s henchmen, MediaDefender, the self-professed “leading provider of anti-piracy solutions in the emerging Internet-Piracy-Prevention (IPP) industry,” had quietly set up a video download site called “MiiVi” that was dedicated to busting those who both like to download copyrighted content as well as those who already have.

Well, thanks to all of the the publicity generated by that article and elsewhere, and with Digg and slashdot seemingly proving to be the final nails in the coffin, MiiVi.com has been taken offline and visitors to the site are now greeted by one of GoDaddy’s parked domain pages.

It’s always nice to know that sometimes good things do happen, and more importantly, that MiiVi won’t be trapping any more unsuspecting users.

Now I’m sure it won’t be the MPAA and MediaDefender’s last tricky scheme to fight piracy but, at least it’s one less that people will have to watch out for and the bad publicity that it generated surely couldn’t have been good for either of them. Yet, then again, the MPAA seems to be reading from the RIAA’s playbook and doesn’t seem to care about its reputation as well.

***UPDATE:
MPAA & MediaDefender Respond to Exposure of Fake Video Download Site

READ MORE ABOUT THE MIIVI CONTROVERSY

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
whitenoise22
whitenoise22

Maybe it goes offline when they caught u. aha.

soulxtc
soulxtc

Now thatd be a kick in the head wouldnt it?

Signa
Signa

how long was the site up anyway? i mean what was the potential payoff for setting all that up? that client prog prolly wasnt the absolute easiest to set up.

soulxtc
soulxtc

Apparently since March 11th but who knows how many people were busted for using it. Hopefully not too many.

Burd
Burd

All the reason (when you are trying a new site which you are not familiar with) to store your downloads on an external hard-drive which you DISCONNECT while you are doing a current download. As soon as it's through and it's legit move it to the external drive and DISCONNECT it immediately. In this case it was a fake movie. You didn't actually download anything. And if you did THEY offered it so how can you be at fault? It's uploading that's illegal (how many times do we need to say it?) If they decided to pursue it they'd get you for ONE movie that you weren't even uploading. It'd hardly be worth the legal fees to pursue you. And if you had DISCONNECTED the external hard-drive then they would find nothing on your computer. I keep all my files on an external drive which I have connected only when I am burning CD's or DVD's or sharing them through known and trusted sites.

ejonesss
ejonesss

!!!!!!GOOOOOOODDDDD RIDDANCE!!!!!!!!

meyou123
meyou123

I think what probably happened was that their lawyers advised them that this was mabye not such a good idea. So they decided to take the site down voluntarily. But if ANY of these cases go to court....I am sure they will be thrown out for the way the evidence was gathered. Good riddance...mabye they have learned their lesson? Nah They are too STUPID for that.

Zoness
Zoness

I never trust new sites unless there is a world-shaking buzz to use them. I stick with the "traditional methods" and no harm is done. :)

kook
kook

Now if we could get the RIAA and MPAA to stop feeding trojans and viruses onto the network. Those trojans eventually make it to corporate sites.

SChalice
SChalice

the full source code for miivi.com is available in a torrent too funny



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