Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Don't support Hip Hop Bootleggers

Just what I mean too; they're bootleggers. Hip Hop Bootleggers is the name of the blog that posts links to storage servers that host their illegal downloads. I will not support idiots who openly say they're giving away music that they didn't make for free. The blog is here (All posts have been taken down now, but I'm sure that's not the admin's only web site.). Someone posted about it in the Blogger Help Group (in the wrong category of the group too, lol). Obviously not the place to report such things, I reported it directly to Blogger Support via Blogger's Contact page.

Today someone from Blogger Support replied to my report. In the response it says that I must fill out a notice of copyright infringement and send it via fax or snail mail to them. It would be no big deal, if I was one of the musical artists being infringed upon. But I'm not, so I can't send them anything. I wish I took screenshots of the blog, because the proof of copyright infringement was in plain sight. They had nothing but popular rap albums posted there. In the blog's side bar, there were shout boxes where people could request albums for download.

People, don't be stupid. If you're going to supply illegal downloads, promote your crap via newsgroups and use bittorrent. Otherwise, you're going to get the whistle blown on you sooner rather than later, and you better hope it's not me who finds you first. :)

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Blogger maskzilla said...

wow. way to go. i hope you're happy with yourself. you took down one of the best sites out there.

I personally liked it because

1) it let me download old albums that i had that got scratched misplaced etc etc

2) It let me download albums to preview, cause lets face most new hiphop these days is garbage.

I hope your arm doesnt break from patting yourself on the back too much.

You squashed an ant inside an anthill. applause.

7/22/2008 8:52 AM  
Blogger Lexi said...

Way to read an article over a year old. Your argument isn't much of one because:

1.) Most old music can be purchased and downloaded via any online music store, not to mention there are still stores out there that offer hard copies of old albums.

2.) It's your fault that you don't know how to take care of your CDs. Accidents happen yes, but it doesn't take a kidney to replace a CD. Life happens.

3.) I have no problem with people downloading anything for the sake of merely sampling. There's a reason companies let individuals have free copies to evaluate their software, hardware, etc. But you kept the illegal music files you liked, didn't you? I have done it, others have done it, and you're an advocate for it, obviously. Oh, and for sampling you should try www.songza.com. It's a music search engine where you can find the songs you want to hear, listen to the full-length version, and add to an online playlist for easy listening wherever you have internet access.

The only reason I would ever download a song illegally is if no music vendor, online or brick-and-mortar, doesn't have or will ever have that song or album. I'd have to be damned desperate to get it, and in most cases I'm not. And most people aren't either.

So yes, I felt good reporting the website. The person your cheerleading for isn't a hero; he's uploading music you can find anywhere. On that site there was nothing obscure, nothing that's unavailable for legal download, and sure definitely nothing that's too old to be out of print. And your reasons for visiting the site are excuses. Anyone working a McJob can afford good music, therefore I cannot sympathize with you.

The only thing in your comment that I agree with is that new hip-hop, mostly mainstream for me, is garbage. But it isn't just garbage; it's pop. :P

7/22/2008 11:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is a complex and nuanced argument to make for the value of "liberating" music from the tyranny of the market, but instead, how about:

congrats, we're all impressed...way to stand up for the RIAA! hope you get a chance to sue a 12-year-old at some point.

7/22/2008 6:11 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

It's not about supporting the RIAA, Mr. Straw Man. You can keep pretending like they don't exist, but there is more to the music industry than big wigs who have nothing better to do than to whine about kiddies finding music for free. For instance the people who market the music, the companies who package the music, the graphic designers who work with PR to advertise the product. Even the people who make and enhance technologies that enable you to share your music "for free". Those people have mouths to feed, whether it be their own or their families. They all get a share of the sales. I support the laborers who help to produce, market, and mass share their music with the world. I could frankly give a shit about the RIAA, because they are a union of rich who step on the backs of others to get where they are today.

The laws are there to protect the workers, but unfortunately the rich can twist the law. If you don't like it, then don't take from the RIAA. Stealing from them is just as flattering to them as it would be to buy from them. If their product continues to be in demand, then the associates of the RIAA will continue to not give a shit about you as a consumer. You think you're so smart and making a statement "liberating" music from the big industry when you're actually doing the opposite. Good job.

7/22/2008 6:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hai fget get dat shoop da whoop off your pic.

9/30/2008 12:32 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

I have a better idea - how about I take away the privilege of posting anonymously? That way every troll has a face and a name. =)

9/30/2008 10:53 PM  
OpenID andycharp said...

Listen most of the artist who's albums get put on that site openly state that you can download their music, arists no longer make money on cds they make it off concerts, they consider cds a way to market to the listen to their music and hopefully go to a concert. And all the mainstream artists make about 13 cents a freaking cd. If you like the artist enough to support them with 13 cents and like the album you will purchase it. You seem like the kinda person who has nothing better today who hasn't gotten laid and has whacked off to every porno in existence that you had to shove your nose into something and destroy it, just to make yourself feel like you've accomplished something in life.

11/19/2009 6:27 PM  
OpenID andycharp said...

ohh in to add in, my car got broken into several years ago and a case of roughly 1000 purchased cds got stolen, at the time didn't have the data or technology to back up those cds. If it wasn't for Hip Hop Bootleggers I wouldn't have had many cds that are hard to find. In fact they helped me get a majority of those stolen cds back. So your move doesn't do anything. How about you do something useful like be in politician and try to get Wall Street to stop running this country instead of bashing the little guy. If arists or company's have a problem with the situation let them deal with it. It has no relation to you. Fix your own problems don't try to help people fix theirs when your ignorance of what your doing blinds your reason.

11/19/2009 6:35 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

*golf clap* Good thing you got that off your chest, albeit 2 years after me writing this post. Don't you feel smart firing off at the keyboard like you know everything too. What, I can't have an opinion, and somehow I'm a no-sex loser because you don't like me flagging a website that gives away music that's easily purchased for pennies on the dollar? I should be ashamed of myself. :( /sarcasm

I'm sorry you've had the displeasure of being stolen from; bad things happen to anyone and can happen to everyone. However, that doesn't make it any better that anyone would take music en mass and distribute it to those who make the same excuses as you to obtain music for free. Save your sob story for who don't have much of anything, let alone money to buy that many CDs over the years.

The only gripes I have with the music industry is that the current regulations treat every customer like thieves. And music moguls are not the only companies who do that; my favorite games have anti-piracy programming that limits what I can do with the games I buy with the money I earn. That said, these are things that WE AS A COUNTRY [USA] have agreed to, and it's not going to change until we as consumers let them know that we are tired of them telling us how many times we can download an album when it has been rightfully paid for.

Fighting strict anti-piracy laws with piracy does not help the situation at all; it only makes them come up with worse ways of invading our privacy and locking us into using media that will ultimately end up being user-unfriendly.

And again, music is dirt cheap, so there is no reason to steal any of it. You state bullshit about cd sales and artists not making money off them, the same uncredited bull that others have stated for years. Please cite some qualified sources the next time you try to diss me. Last time I checked, CDs were for more than just promotion for artists who are already well established, and if they wanted to give their music away for free, they already would. Oh that's right, the popular mainstream artists DON'T. For a reason; it's their living, regardless of how many concerts they do per year. Haven't you heard of ROYALTIES??? Every copy, download, or radio play of their songs gets them residual income. Their major cash flow is the sale of music, CD or mp3, and any merchandise with their branding on it.

Maybe losing your hard-earned music to thieves has made you bitter, but you and others like you aren't Robin Hood and his merry men. You're just an ignoramus who likes to attack someone to feel better about stealing music. The fellows who ran that atrocious blog and copies like it are no better.

So if you want to support a website with a better philosophy about promoting music, you should visit Coda.fm. They link to existing music torrents in order to bring awareness of all kinds of music and promote the sale of it. They operate on an honor system that asks people to support the artists they love, not to download music all willy-nilly without contributing anything. That's real music sharing, not what you think Hip Hop Bootleggers are all about.

11/19/2009 8:08 PM  
OpenID andycharp said...

too much of a pussy to post my last comment?

11/21/2009 9:20 PM  
Blogger Lexi said...

If you noticed, you didn't have to wait for any type of comment moderation that last 2 times you posted. So unless you created some sort of phantom comment that Google Blogger didn't recognized, your post, well, didn't get posted. Do you pay for your internet service, or are you pirating that too? I'm not pussy enough to block anyone's comment, especially if they have a valid point to make. Unfortunately, you have yet to post anything worthwhile that I can even agree to.

Seriously, did you even read my last reply? You can go ahead and keep trolling on a 2+ year-old thread, posting shit like it's fact, but the point of the matter is the music industry isn't going to change its behavior toward customers when there are people like you in the world who thinks it's okay to pirate music and still complain about getting shit for free! Quit calling names and I might take you seriously.

11/21/2009 10:18 PM  

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