My Response to DMCA Protection Offers

As the developer of Bluenote, I sometimes get emails from agencies offering to “remove” the “thousands of pirated copies” of Bluenote off the Internet, in a “fast, effective and affordable fashion”, using the DMCA.

This “removal” is discussed matter-of-factly, but in the context of their email, I feel like I’m being contacted by a hit man offering to “take care” of someone who’s been causing me problems. To add to the climate of fear, they usually include links to Google searches revealing pirated copies of Bluenote. Gasp!

I’ve never replied to these emails, but the latest from “DMCA Force” annoyed me, and I wrote the following response:

Dear Jason,

Bluenote is especially made in order to be DRM-free, thereby making it not difficult to pirate.

I think that your work, in which you are effectively attempting to profit off Internet censorship enacted by the fears you attempt to instill in content creators, contributes to a less free Internet.

I also think that you should find a job that actually contributes to mankind’s greatest free flow of information instead of stymying it via the force of this kind of mediocre message. I think the fact that you effectively profit off Internet censorship is shameful.

Regards, NK

If you can’t afford Bluenote, by all means pirate it. If you feel like I deserve the money, then it would be nice if you paid the five bucks. But I would much rather see myself losing money than have someone play my fears in order to use a misguided law to further censor the free flow of information on the Internet.