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Hacker collective mocks cops after raids

The Local · 18 Jun 2012, 09:03

Published: 18 Jun 2012 09:03 GMT+02:00

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"The collective mocks the attempt to intimidate out activists," Anonymous warned in the video, released on Youtube, saying the authorities had "poured petrol on the fire of the revolution."

Anonymous then announced they would soon make further attacks in their fight for free information on the internet. "We are prepared to make sacrifices," the video said.

Police searched the flats of 106 suspected Anonymous activists last Tuesday and Wednesday. They were suspected of hacking the website of Germany's music royalties agency GEMA in December 2011.

Anonymous paralysed GEMA's website last week following the attacks. "You might be able to follow us, and even imprison us, but you will never stop us," the video message warned.

It remains unclear whether the raids were on the activists themselves or accidental helpers, who unwittingly attacked GEMA's website through manipulated links.

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09:30 June 18, 2012 by mos101392
The top 1% cannot control the rest of us unless it enforces ït's" controls on the internet.

God forbid if the other 99% can actually see what the 1% is up to!
12:06 June 18, 2012 by wood artist
While I don't approve of the tactics used by Anonymous and others of their ilk, I have to admit that I'm no fan of GEMA...and I don't live in Germany.

A short example. I recently uploaded a short video to Youtube. I was advised...by Youtube...that it was blocked in Germany but would play anywhere else. Knowing a little of the story behind GEMA and their approach, I attempted to contact them. After a bunch of unanswered mail, I finally found someone...I'll leave names and positions out...who responded.

I got the usual "we believe there may be a copyright infringement issue." When I pointed out that I am 1) the composer of the music...2) the "performer" of the music (through the Sibelius program that outputs my score as an audio track, and 3) I also wrote the lyrics, which appear only as slides over the audio. With that info, I asked exactly how anyone else could possibly hold any copyright to anything I posted, and...assuming they were protecting "my rights" they should probably read the the first couple of slides which identify me as the composer and writer and that I reserve performance rights but nothing else.

Predictably I got another form response, saying they would check into it, but they doubted my information. Sigh! The funny part is that the video is one of several...from the same opera...with all but one with a libretto in German. The only one they've allowed thus far is the one with words in English. Maybe my German is just that bad. Dunno.

15:37 June 18, 2012 by catjones
I find it hard to believe that 106 people could keep a secret like that and more unbelievable that 106 search warrants were issued.
21:05 June 18, 2012 by Englishted
@wood artist

Yes you are spot on the idiots, ban first but forget to ask questions later,I have heard they ban nursery rhymes that could not possibly be copy right as well as in my case music sent to me on facebook from a band to check if I had interest in a new copy ,the video was released in 1979 crazy sod are strangling many many ways to hear good or new music in Germany .

You should hear the radio it is simply unbelievable to anyone from the free world.
22:51 June 18, 2012 by wood artist
@Englishted If I had the time...and the Euros, I might even sue them for copyright infringement, since I can legally do whatever I want with the music I've composed...even give it away if I like. There's little doubt I'd win, but it just isn't worth it. However, after it's been publicly performed for the first time things might change. I will post sections of it then...and that will be interesting.

19:36 June 19, 2012 by Englishted
@wood artist

That is the major problem with many German laws, from unemployment rights ,to illegal downloading done on your connection even if you are not in the country ,it is a crazy system where only the lawyers win not the public or the artists.

Good luck with your composing .
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