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MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry For $136,000 (Not $20M) 141

Posted by timothy
from the sneaking-aboard dept.
newtley writes "SafeNet paid $20 million for MediaSentry in 2005, but has just sold it to rival MediaDefender for a paltry $136,000, with a promise of more later. MediaSentry's new owner says the combination will allow it to 'dramatically expand its effectiveness.' Is it time for an official government inquiry into MediaSentry and the RIAA? A Chicago student said she was planning on killing herself because the RIAA promised her she'd land in court unless she paid almost $10,000 to 'settle' an alleged copyright infringement. She 'couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't live a normal life because of the worry.' The RIAA 'evidence' came from MediaSentry, accused of operating illegally."
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MediaDefender Buys MediaSentry For $136,000 (Not $20M)

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  • The RIAA (Score:4, Funny)

    by Yvan256 (722131) on Monday April 06, 2009 @07:03AM (#27474243) Homepage Journal

    Are just a bunch of href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/technologynews/5105

  • I think ... (Score:4, Funny)

    by krou (1027572) on Monday April 06, 2009 @07:04AM (#27474247)
    ... timothy failed the Turing Test because the script couldn't figure out there was a problem with the other story before posting this one.
  • The Old Switcheroo? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by ZzzzSleep (606571) on Monday April 06, 2009 @07:16AM (#27474345) Homepage Journal
    Will this allow the RIAA to say "MediaSentry? No we don't use them any more. We use the much more trutsed MediaDefender these days."?
    • by Thanshin (1188877)

      Followed by:

      - MediaGuard
      - MediaWarden
      - MediaShield
      - MediaSentinel
      - MediaWatchdog
      - MediaChaperone
      - MediaBulwark

      And, finally, MediaAegis; point at which they'll get the extremely hard achievement: "Name your company as all Final Fantasy protection spells" totally pwning Bahamut Engineers Inc.

    • Let me assure you that this is not one of those shady pyramid schemes you've been hearing about. No sir. Our model is the trapezoid...

      • by ultranova (717540)

        Let me assure you that this is not one of those shady pyramid schemes you've been hearing about. No sir. Our model is the trapezoid...

        Now now, let's not make false accusations. MediaWhatever and the RIAA aren't fraudsters. They're extortionists. There's a difference.

    • > We use the much more trusted MediaDefender these days."?

      Trusted? Do you guys not remember MediaDefender-Defenders and the leaked email? As I recall, they were even branching out into partnerships with the government to go after kiddie porn.

      Also, it was interesting to read the emails where the MD guys talked about the bestiality porno they had and whatnot.

      If they really want THAT to come up in court, well, maybe they should get Jack Thompson as their lawyer. Not that he is a lawyer any more, but...

      [C [torrentfreak.com]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 06, 2009 @07:29AM (#27474433)

    ... than is within reason if you're waiting for a government investigation of the record companies and/or their cronies. The party of Hollywood is in charge of the government, and the RIAA/MPAA are all paid up in their contributions.

    • by zappepcs (820751) on Monday April 06, 2009 @08:05AM (#27474785) Journal

      Owning a portfolio of Senators, Federal Judges, and misc. Whitehouse staffers is not "paid up" in any sense of the words, unless of course you'd like to say that the Democrats or Republican are 'paid up' on their contributions. They say the only good way to rob a bank is to own one. It looks as though this is part of the **AA's new business model - buy the bank, then steal it blind rather than just rob the customers as they come in to deposit their paychecks.

      By owning a large enough part of the Federal government, the **AA is able to convince the rest of government that they need international copyright trade agreements that are sealed due to national security. If there really were something we could call the "mark of the beast" I'm willing to bet that it has the **AA members logos displayed aesthetically beneath it.

      I'm of a mind to say that even if this girl did share audio files, there is no morality system in the world that is recognized under any name other than evil that justifies how the **AA are treating their own customers, grandkids, mothers, grandparents etc. To paraphrase Mr Gump, "fucking assholes do as fucking assholes do" and no amount of apologetizing will get them a reputation better than that of pond scum.

  • by Trepidity (597) <delirium-slashdot@@@hackish...org> on Monday April 06, 2009 @07:44AM (#27474571)

    I always end up confusing them, so I'll ascribe something to MediaSentry only to be corrected that no, the company involved was MediaDefender, or vice versa. Every time I wanted to complain to my alma mater [hmc.edu] about Randy Saaf being on their board of trustees (fortunately no longer the case [hmc.edu]), I had to go look up which of the two he was associated with.

    So, I would like to thank the companies for kindly removing this frequent source of error.

  • When will people just give up and find new ways to entertain themselves? By this time, who hasn't heard of what the RIAA is doing?

    Apparently, a lot of people I suppose. With every attempt to expose what the RIAA is doing, the RIAA attempts to keep it quiet. Perhaps Southpark needs to revisit the issue.

    • >>>When will people just give up and find new ways to entertain themselves?

      Books are cheap. Just 1 cent on amazon if you buy used. Radio is totally free if you can put-up with the ads, and ditto television if you invest in an antenna, or buy the DVDs which are just $1 an episode. As for movies - well most are )))) anyway, so don't bother. Boycott Hollyweird.

      • Books are cheap. Just 1 cent on amazon if you buy used. Radio is totally free if you can put-up with the ads, and ditto television if you invest in an antenna, or buy the DVDs which are just $1 an episode. As for movies - well most are )))) anyway, so don't bother. Boycott Hollyweird

        One of the reasons that I selected my new house is because it was w/i walking distance from Alexandria's library. Unfortunately, the buildings in the area preclude my use of an antenna.

        But for entertainment value, I couldn't im

        • by AuMatar (183847) on Monday April 06, 2009 @01:30PM (#27479139)

          Within walking distance of the Library of Alexandria? The walk better be through a hole in space time, I don't think the place ahs too many books these days.

        • >>>that long lonely stretch in the middle of Pennsylvania where you had your choice of terrible country and crazy bible radio.

          Well there are worse places. Try driving through Kansas or Iowa or Missouri sometime, where the radio is so sparse all you can hear is AM Talk. I don't have satellite radio, but last time I traveled the PA Turnpike I played music off my laptop. I managed to list to some the Billboard Hot 100 for 2000, 2001, and 2002 until I reached my destination.

  • by tjstork (137384) <todd@bandrowsky.gmail@com> on Monday April 06, 2009 @08:04AM (#27474781) Homepage Journal

    The girl needs to get a grip. Just wait till she gets older, screws up, buys a house bigger than she can afford, runs up 30k in credit cards that gets ramped up to 100k because the overlimit charges are just enough to wipe payments out, bringing on more overlimit charges... sooner or later, you learn to just pay what you can, unplug the phone, and move on with life.

    • >>>sooner or later, you learn to just pay what you can

      I blame the parents for not teaching the girl that lesson earlier. ("I want a toy." "No." "I wanna toy!" (slap) "Shut up!")* It's called self-sacrifice and learning to satisfied with what you have, instead of what you want. Of course the reason the parents didn't know they were supposed to teach that lesson is because the grandparents failed to teach basic child-rearing skills, preferring to embrace a "live free" philosophy of non-responsi

      • The funny thing is, as spoiled and weak is this new generation supposedly is, they have been one of the best military generations this country has had. They seem to have held unit cohesion and pretty much won a counter-insurgency in Iraq, all the while at a tempo and rate of enemy contact that is pretty far above that of many other wars.

        • That's because they are pure military w/o any civilian draftees to muck-up the process. Previous pure military incursions by the 80s/90s generation were also successful.

    • by Thanshin (1188877)

      sooner or later, you learn to just pay what you can, unplug the phone, and move on with life...

      ...in Venezuela.

      • by tjstork (137384)

        No, actually, the good old USA. The big dirty secret of credit cards is that, there's really not a whole lot that banks can really do to you. You have all the leverage with them. You have their money, and what can they do? Take back 20,000 cigarette butts, reclaim 2000 gallons of gasoline, or somehow auction off empty mcdonald's cartons? They might get one of those TGI-Friday's ceramic onion ring dip holders, but that's about it. When a bank gives you a credit card, despite all their harassment, phon

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Opportunist (166417)

      The girl needs to get a grip. Just wait till she gets older, screws up, buys a house bigger than she can afford, runs up 30k in credit cards that gets ramped up to 100k because the overlimit charges are just enough to wipe payments out, bringing on more overlimit charges... ...and then she finally has a REAL reason to kill herself, or what do you want to tell us?

      Just because some people are in the doo deeply enough that an archeological dig wouldn't find them doesn't mean that I should be happy when I only

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by tjstork (137384)

        .and then she finally has a REAL reason to kill herself, or what do you want to tell us?

        See, why would you kill yourself though, in a situation like that. Why not kill all the people that keep calling you. That's what I don't get. You get all these guys that lost it all, and take it out on their families...I don't condone what these people do, but, if you are going to do it, then, you may as well take one for the team and take out a couple of incompetent CEOs, politicians, and what not. Seriously, if on

  • by Zerth (26112) on Monday April 06, 2009 @08:08AM (#27474801)

    Facilities, Equipment, Data: $20,000,000
    Goodwill: -$19,000,000
    "Losing" the email server: -$864,000
    ---
    Balance: $136,000

    Not that there is much of their email we haven't already seen.

  • This highlights that downloading media does have this potential consequence.

    While it's sad that this student feels this way, and I've done the same activities myself, anyone considering taking up p2p should consider the small risk of being put under this much pressure to the point that you feel like committing suicide.

    I have sympathy for this anonymous student for feeling like killing herself- but you are responsible for your actions and their consequences. It would be different if this was one of the many

    • If you want to kill yourself, it's your problem. The stressor will come at some point. It must.

      We can't go campaigning to remove all stress from life because some people have a predilection for suicide. It is up to the suicidally inclined to remove pressure from their life through their actions. Doing something illegal will, in sufficient quantity, provide stress. It is just that lack of conscience will eventually produce stress.

      I'm not a media sentry fan, and I have a great deal of sympathy for the woman,

  • She 'couldn't sleep, couldn't study, couldn't live a normal life because of the worry.' The RIAA 'evidence' came from MediaSentry, accused of operating illegally."

    What if MediaSentry presents an employee, who can't sleep, study, or "live a normal life" because of the worry (over the accusations of operating illegally)? Would that absolve MediaSentry of all responsibility and make us all sympathize with the poor guys?

    No? Then why are we all in pieces over the girl in legal trouble (of her own making)?

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Draek (916851)

      No? Then why are we all in pieces over the girl in legal trouble (of her own making)?

      Given the "evidence" came from MediaSentry, how can you be so sure?

      Further, it's not that she's being punished at all but the huge imbalance between the damage done, and the payment claimed. If MediaSentry's employees were to be put to death most Slashdotters would rightfully complain, just as we probably wouldn't if the girl had to pay only a $100 bill if she lost her case fair and square.

    • No? Then why are we all in pieces over the girl in legal trouble (of her own making)?

      Because the punishment should fit the crime. She "stole" something that has less value than a pack of chewing gum, and they're attempting to prosecute her as if she had stolen a Mercedes. Besides, let he who is without sin cast the first stone. If you, or anyone you let use your computer, has ever downloaded an MP3 of a song without getting full permission from the copyright holder, go ahead and pay them $50,000 for it, then raise your voice against those who haven't. Until then, shut the hell up.

  • "Could it be SafeNet, with important US government connections and contracts, could no longer afford to be even loosely associated with a company which apart from anything else, stands every chance of being prosecuted across America for practising illegally as a private investigator?"

    http://www.p2pnet.net/story/19711 [p2pnet.net]

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