iphone developers fight back against piracy

To the astonishment of the hacker world, the makers of a popular IM application for the iPhone and iPod Touch, called “Beejive” have sewn in a sort of “anti-piracy” measure to their app. Apparently, people who updated to the latest version illegally and tried to log in were presented with a black screen reading “PC LOAD LETTER,” referencing a confusing printer error message from the popular tv show “Office Space.” Upon tapping the screen, a youtube video plays (a clip from Office Space) with the words “I stole something…” in the description.  

There was a message released on the error on beejive’s website, stating that it only targets cracked (illegally obtained) applications and not jailbroken iPod Touches/iPhones. Many people (including myself) have a fully functional copy of beejive running on a jailbroken device. However, there are issues from people who claim to have purchased the app legally, saying that they are unrightfully being locked out of beejive with the same error message. Interesting, isn’t it?

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Is the RIAA messing with us?

I read an article recently stating that the RIAA would  no longer be filing lawsuits against people sharing copyright protected songs, and instead will send them warning letters (followed by disconnection of internet services if offenses continue).

“It’s much easier to send notices than it is to file lawsuits.”
-RIAA Chairman and Chief Executive Mitch Bainwol.

Personally, I think its a good idea (particularly now, the economy being what it is, and all). If you’re going to get in trouble, at least get a warning about it beforehand.

A prime example is Muxtape. Here’s a chat I had with a friend…

6:23 PM me: whoa, what happened with muxtape?
my friend: the RIAA was like
quit it
6:24 PM and the guy that runs muxtape
thought he would be okay
because he was in the process of getting permission/getting labels to partner up
but the RIAA was like
quit it
and instead of taking it to court and spending all the time effort and money he decided to just take it down for now
6:25 PM and when it comes back up its gonna be bands only
so no user created muxtapes
which is good and bad
good because theres no more retarded kids that just make mixes of annoying songs everyones heard a thousand times
but bad because there are no more personal mixes

There you have it. That pretty much summarizes exactly what’s plastered on the front of their site right now. I can’t wait to see how this develops. Until then, I wonder how many of my friends will be receiving ‘letters’…