by Pixeleen Mistral on 16/10/10 at 1:40 am
Hactivists use MPAA web site to spread anti-copyright message
The cyberwar between the Anonymous hactivists and recording and motion picture industry interests heated up earlier today when the www.copyprotected.com site was hijacked to display an anti-MPAA message in support of the embattled Pirate Bay bittorrent tracker site, then redirected viewers to the piratebay.org site.
As of this writing the MPAA’s site continues to display a "Payback is a Bitch" image and a rather wordy manifesto which is reproduced at the end of the article for those who are not quick enough digest the screed before being automatically redirected to the thepiratebay.org site.
While the irony of an MPAA site directing visitors to a bittorrent tracker site is undeniable, it takes a quick hand to capture the carefully footnoted text, and a detailed analysis of the arguments advanced by the unnamed persons will have to wait for another day.
This incident marks a change in tactics now that Anonymous seems to have moved beyond simple denial of service attacks. The Sunbelt Software blog speculated that the copyprotected.com site had been subject to DNS cache poisoning – an attack which would cause the site’s traffic to be redirected to a rogue server – but other believe this to have been an SQL injection exploit. In any case, it is unlikely that the MPAA is pleased with the result.
Now that 12 hours have elapsed, presumably the MPAA will regain control of their site at some point soon and remove the Operation Payback message. Meanwhile, in the war for media attention the hactivists are beginning to gain ground.
The text of the Operation Payback manifesto from the copyprotected.com site:
To whom it concerns,
Over the past years, we have borne witness to a technological revolution. The individual has become free, in the most extreme anarchistic sense, to share ideas. Some of these ideas are shared behind proxies, darknets, or similar "closed doors". Nevertheless, the ideas are out there. There have been similar instances of such revolutions of the mind. Their effects on society are inestimably great. As in past times with the invention of the printing press, so it is today that the people embrace this revolution, this new "anarchy" of freedom to share, while their autocratic rulers seek to crush this freedom.
In spite of censorship in the form of copyright law and other restrictions, the people have succeeded in distributing content to the poor, the underprivileged and the oppressed. The most numerous pirates are Chinese, as content filters restrict a vast amount of information in their country. Pirates are also numerous among the poor, as this demographic cannot afford things like college books or entertainment. Indeed, while often ignored by those interested only in bread and circuses, a vast amount of educational literature is available to the everyday pirate online. Piracy democratizes knowledge and makes education affordable.
History repeats itself. There was a time when powers that be attempted to silence the printing press, the blank cassette and the recordable CD. All of these previous attempts at censorship have failed, and future attempts of this nature are doomed to failure. Indeed, the sequestration of human knowledge for the benefit of extremist capitalism is treason against the whole of humanity. All should have the right to listen to a melody, experience a plot and learn from the aggregate of human knowledge available online.
The man on the street already knows this. He knows it when he illegally  gives his unused software to a friend or acquaintance. He knows it when he gives that old college book to a person in need. However, he also knows that something is wrong.
He knows that something is wrong when the artwork of little girls is raped in the name of copyright . He knows that something is wrong when solicitors use copyright to blackmail thousands of people sharing information . He knows that something is wrong when corrupt organizations seeking to stem the free flow of information lie through their teeth, produce false documents and spread misinformation about their opponents .
He knows that it is not right when his leaders inexplicably support massive capitalist enterprises over the majority opinion of their own people . He know they are wrong when they use illegal means to get what they want, while hypocritically deprecating their opponents for doing the same .
If one were to pursue the propaganda of various community-reputable organizations such as…
The Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA]
The Recording Industry Association of America [RIAA]
The British Phonographic Industry [BPI]
The Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft [AFACT]
Stichting Bescherming Rechten Entertainment Industrie Nederland [BREIN]
…They would come across many a morality play suggesting that, if they "pirate" a film or an album, they are depriving a simple artist, actor or crewmember of their rightful wage. This worker won`t be able to break even for their next lot of groceries because the pirate robbed them of their money.
Of course, these organizations carefully omit the fact that only a small percentage of the profits made by big media ever make it to those who actually produce it. Do they ever disclose how small of a percentage most script writers, novelists, etc., actually make? Of course not, and there is a reason why. Do these anti-piracy organizations truthfully disclose how much they receive in donations, and from whom? Of course not, and there is a reason for this also.
In the end, our DDoS efforts have been compared to waiting for a train . What must the people do to be heard? To what lengths must they go to have their pleads taken seriously? Must they to take to the streets with noose and handgun before those in power take notice?
You are forcing our hand by ignoring the voice of the people. In doing so, you bring the destruction of your iron grip of information ever closer. You have ignored the people, attacked the people and lied to the people. For this, you will be held accountable before the people, and you will be punished by them.We will not stop. We will not forget. We will prevail. We are anonymous.
 We DID NOT attack thepirate party, we ARE NOT affiliated with anti-scientology activism, andThe Pirate Bay has not organized this.