Today over a year after I had a working minecraft mod I recieved a DMCA complaint from the IFPI (looked up something to do with the international recording industry). That two of my files for the golem mod were illegal and they deactivated my mediafire account. Whatever ludacris idea they have that these files are illegal, is beyond me; that a bunch of java class files had anything to do with their business. The best and this is streching it, idea I could come up with is their legal department can't spell and thought golem mod had something to do with the Lord of The Rings/Hobbit Gollum, whereinfact it had to do with the greek word "golem" meaning rock monster.
I'm quite agitated about this as I had already lost a lot of mod files for 30 different games i was working on when megaupload was siezed.
I won't be continuing modding and i thought I'd share most of the form letter in regards to this ( the rest is just specific appeal information):
Dear MediaFire User:
MediaFire has received notification under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that your usage of a file is allegedly infringing on the file creator's copyright protection.
The file named golems_v0.5alpha.zip is identified by the key (8r042rem2udf7ib).
As a result of this notice, pursuant to Section 512(c)(1)(C) of the DMCA, we have suspended access to the file.
The reason for suspension was:
Under penalty of perjury, we submit that we are authorized to act on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies in matters involving the infringement of their sound recordings, including enforcing their copyrights and common law rights on the Internet.
Information about the party that filed the report:
Company Name: IFPI
Contact Address: 10 Piccadilly London W1J 0DD United Kingdom
Contact Email: [email protected]
Copyright infringement violates MediaFire's Terms of Service. MediaFire accounts that experience multiple incidents of alleged copyright infringement without viable counterclaims may be terminated.
If you feel this suspension was in error, please submit a counterclaim by following the process below.
Step 1. Click on the following link to open the counterclaim webpage.
Mediafire ignored me (automated system) but the IFPI was man enough to admit they made a mistake:
Despite our earlier good faith belief, this file does not infringe copyright, we would therefore like to retract our claim and apologise for any inconvenience caused. This file matched in our system as Golem – Golem
Too bad though I already requested my mediafire account be deleted.in addition to it already being deactivated. Weridness. I don't need files that match obscure song titles to scrutanized with guns blazing first ergh!