Well, I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Here’s the story.
As some of you might have experienced, you might have discovered FactPile when looking for cheats for Halo 3. I had a website that was ranked #1 in Google for “Halo 3 Cheats” on the day Halo 3 was launched. In time and no effort on my part, the site slid down to #3 in Google for that term. I had always used that site as a way to send traffic to FactPile, and since they were Halo fans, that was part of the starting point of the Master Chief matches on FactPile.
So, about a month ago I got a letter from an attorney who represents Microsoft telling me I had to transfer ownership of the domain to them. From a legal perspective, I completely understood their side since the site *could* have been mistaken for being an authorized site from Microsoft. (The site used the fonts from Halo and had the name “official” in the domain name itself.)
Since I have no intention of taking on a giant like MS, I transferred ownership of the domain to them.
But then I got this message from another part of their team:
Dear Sir or Madam,
Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.
1. Identification of copyrighted works:
Copyright owner: Microsoft
2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following
The above computer program(s) is being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization of the copyright owner.
3. Statement of authority:
The information in this notice is accurate, and I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that DtecNet, Inc. is authorized to act on behalf of Microsoft, the owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) identified above. I have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by Microsoft, its agents, or the law.
We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this copyrighted work via your company’s network.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what actions you take.
DtecNet Anti-Piracy Team
On behalf of Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America
I took down the link since it’s not worth the trouble of fighting MS on it. If you recall, that post was simply a YOUTUBE video: Crackdown 2 Web Comic Episode 1 “Home Truths” (Which as of this writing is still easily ready to be seen on YouTube).
Hey Microsoft, guess who just canceled their reserve copy of this game? Sure, I know it won’t impact the bottom line or cause anyone to lose their jobs – but not embracing how the world runs is just ignorance and just not a good business practice.
I responded to the email informing them that I removed the post and how this was a great way to build buzz for this upcoming game.