FactPile on Microsoft’s Radar

FactPile on Microsofts Radar

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:

Copyrighted work(s):

Crackdown 2

Copyright owner: Microsoft

2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following
location(s):

www.factpile.com/crackdown-2-home-truths.htm

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.

Yours sincerely,

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.

fucktards.

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111 Comments on "FactPile on Microsoft’s Radar"

  1. I dunno June 22, 2010 at 12:10 pm -      #1

    Wait…Does this mean that Factpile is owned by Microsoft?

  2. Cargo June 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm -      #2

    It was just the other site that Admin had.

  3. Sparks June 22, 2010 at 12:11 pm -      #3

    That’s the ticket.

    New Vegas is wooping Crackdown 2 on the reserve charts anyway lol

  4. Cargo June 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm -      #4
  5. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 12:15 pm -      #5

    “fucktards.”Summed up Microsoft in one word Good Job.

  6. Megaraptor18 June 22, 2010 at 12:18 pm -      #6

    I just love how Microsoft does little to no research on these matters or would have notice the fact that all it was is a trailer to the game. Oh how oh how are you going to dawnload a game that isn’t even out yet and through a trailor no less…. Brains left that company a long time ago

  7. admin June 22, 2010 at 12:19 pm -      #7

    “Wait…Does this mean that Factpile is owned by Microsoft?” – NO! I own this site. But now Microsoft owns a previous domain and site of mine….

  8. Prime Chaos June 22, 2010 at 12:36 pm -      #8

    I feel the urge to smite them…

  9. Matapiojo June 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm -      #9

    Honestly, I am very surprised this site has not blimped under anyone else’s radar much sooner. I pride myself in knowing a little bit about this, and I can tell you that FP infringes on copyrights on a daily basis.

    Trust you me, MS could have done much worse.

  10. Cpt Olimar June 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm -      #10

    Microsoft Works… greatest oxymoron ever. What a bunch of idiots.

  11. Eric Gigliotti June 22, 2010 at 12:52 pm -      #11

    Really lame. Microsoft really pulled this out of their ass.

  12. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 12:57 pm -      #12

    Admin show us the site so we can raid it?

  13. admin June 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm -      #13

    “I can tell you that FP infringes on copyrights on a daily basis.” – That’s why I have the disclaimer posted on the bottom of every page – :-P

  14. admin June 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm -      #14

    lol – no need to – it still redirects here. For now.

  15. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 1:04 pm -      #15

    “For now.”When it doesn’t I will go all
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=-N6sqdrJzVo&feature=related them.

  16. Matapiojo June 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm -      #16

    Hehehe, disclaimers do very little in a copyright court. All they say is “I KNOW this stuff isn’t mine, it belongs to that dude over there, but I am still going to try to profit from it as long as it doesn’t give me problems (get caught)”.

  17. admin June 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm -      #17

    So then is it only a matter of time before FactPile bites the dust?

  18. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 1:35 pm -      #18

    “So then is it only a matter of time before FactPile bites the dust?”
    Do Extreme research on copyrights in court cases and such.

  19. Matapiojo June 22, 2010 at 1:38 pm -      #19

    Not necesarily.

    Its only a matter of time before you have to invest in a legal team, hehehehe. For the most part, these sites never become a big issue. If it ever grows enough, most people would be more than happy to allow their material to be displayed here. As long as you get any form of agreement (be it physical or even verbal), you should not get into too much trouble.

    Big corps like MS might be another issue, though, but the gross majority of the site’s copyright infringement comes in displaying of images the way we all know and love.

    Unless you get a licence from each and every copyright owner (or even licence owner) to display their creatively owned material here, each and every one of these images is an infringement on their rights over it.

    …not that you are any different from hundreds of sites across the web (which is what keeps you under radars), but as you can see, things may change rather abruptly.

    Hell, MS didn’t even give you a slap on the wrist. All they did was a form of announcing that they ARE watching.

  20. admin June 22, 2010 at 1:41 pm -      #20

    Waves to Microsoft – Hey guys, love some of your stuff, and some other things, well…

  21. Sparks June 22, 2010 at 1:56 pm -      #21

    It was me! I am the mole!

    Muahahahahahaha

  22. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 2:03 pm -      #22

    I will destroy the Microsofters of their insolence! Just give me the word Admin!

    *breathing heavily, clutching Manreaper tightly in both hands”

  23. orber June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm -      #23

    MS at its best…bitching about stuff.

  24. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm -      #24

    Let me round up Factpile’s finest warriors my lord, and march on MS Headquarters leaving nothing but chaos and mayhem in the wake! *hysterical evil laugh*

  25. Sapper007 June 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm -      #25

    Diana is on the MS radar… soon she shall be a digital demoness…

  26. atlantis June 22, 2010 at 2:24 pm -      #26

    every one copies something. If it is on the internet shouldn’t it be every one’s property since every one uses the internet

  27. Sapper007 June 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm -      #27

    Ohhh… Diana… I wish you could too :D

  28. Megaraptor18 June 22, 2010 at 2:37 pm -      #28

    If she was the commander I’ll do anything to get transfer to her command

  29. Hitman H94 June 22, 2010 at 2:40 pm -      #29

    Wait I think I sent that video in……..

  30. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm -      #30

    @Megaraptor, Sapper

    You guys like a Dominatrix?

  31. Sapper007 June 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm -      #31

    “@Megaraptor, Sapper

    You guys like a Dominatrix?”

    no, i like turning Dom’s into submissives…

  32. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm -      #32

    Oh right right right… Got yeah *click sound and points and winks*

  33. John-117 June 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm -      #33

    ……..they can’t do much,we’re exploiting their product(s) in a positive way……

  34. Random guy June 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm -      #34

    MS…………..you have been a thorn in my side for too long! I shall smite thee using nothing but my pure rage!!!!!! Their soul shall feed upon itself to escape the horrible pain! They shall know true suffering! I shall not rest untill i have pulled each and every on of them into hell itself, so they can see what is nothing compared to my wrath!

    Thank you, and have a nice day.

  35. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm -      #35

    “until i have pulled each and every one of them into hell itself”
    Whoa,don’t bring these guys down here they would make horrible prinnies.

  36. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:09 pm -      #36

    @Random guy

    That was good, now lets go get’em!!!

    *raises Manreaper in a cliche manner as everybody precedes to do the same thing in a rallying-like battle cry*

  37. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:11 pm -      #37

    Wait I think I meant to use the word “proceeds” not “precedes” lol Oops!

  38. Megaraptor18 June 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm -      #38

    “@Magnum

    Even if you have to be deployed on the frontlines? I like that kind of zeal. Reminds me of Starship Trooper.”

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-_c6V0U-4k

    Ready for duty ma’am!

  39. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm -      #39

    “That was good, now lets go get’em!!! ”
    Bah,do what you want then I will just send them to that place then.
    Eternal anguish as they hear this every second in their eternal hell in darkness they can never escape..
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=3HrSN7176XI
    and as for Bill Gates I have a special room for him…

  40. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:30 pm -      #40

    @”Magnum”

    woah, you have a special nickname when being addressed by Diana? *nods in approval putting hand up for high five*

    @Laharl

    Good job man, we’ll kill em, you handle the rest! *puts on helmet and strides out the front door of the FP Manor at the head of the march*

  41. Megaraptor18 June 22, 2010 at 3:37 pm -      #41

    “woah, you have a special nickname when being addressed by Diana? *nods in approval putting hand up for high five*”

    benefits of the cupcake thread and the Fear soldiers vs Helghast thread (Damn those were good threads none of this fanboy bullshit and stuff just tactics and a control battleifeld…. We need more threads like that to put my military history knowledge to the test)

  42. Random guy June 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm -      #42

    *Takes out his super old very powerfull demon sword* The last time i used this……it nearly destroyed the multiverse……..and i was holding back at that time…………….. MS will have no such mercy…….FOR FACTPILE!!!!!!! *Charges off to destroy MS*

  43. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm -      #43

    this is terrible well sort of.sue them Admin and higher the Ace Attorney www.factpile.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/objection.jpg

  44. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 3:43 pm -      #44

    “*Charges off to destroy MS*” Poor guy they have MC with a splazor he is doomed…
    (MC fanboy reference for jokes)

  45. Sapper007 June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm -      #45

    “*Takes out his super old very powerfull demon sword* The last time i used this……it nearly destroyed the multiverse……..and i was holding back at that time…………….. MS will have no such mercy…….FOR FACTPILE!!!!!!! *Charges off to destroy MS*”

    Define irony… someone on a MS run internet probably on a MS operating system… with MS software… threating via MS coding… to take down MS…

    /head shake

  46. kingdomguy15 June 22, 2010 at 3:45 pm -      #46

    I’m willing to fight along side you if needed.

  47. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm -      #47

    @Sapper

    No no no, we just kill the employees, and replace it with smarter people, because MS has had shit for brains since xbox

  48. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:48 pm -      #48

    @Kingdomguy

    Well, needed? No I doubt so, but your welcome to join us and watch the fools burn Muahahahahahahahaha!

  49. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 3:49 pm -      #49

    “I’m willing to fight along side you if needed.”
    You aren’t strong enough yet.
    Guess you could be useful to me if you are a prinny though~

  50. Random guy June 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm -      #50

    “Define irony… someone on a MS run internet probably on a MS operating system… with MS software… threating via MS coding… to take down MS…

    /head shake”

    Nope. everything i have is powered and made of rage.

  51. Cpt Olimar June 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm -      #51

    “*Takes out his super old very powerfull demon sword* The last time i used this……it nearly destroyed the multiverse……..and i was holding back at that time…………….. MS will have no such mercy…….FOR FACTPILE!!!!!!! *Charges off to destroy MS*”

    ** microsoft perspective**
    Windows error 403 forbidden. Security walls initiated, searching for intruder


    Windows error 404, not found. Did we get em’?

  52. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 3:53 pm -      #52

    “because MS has had shit for brains since xbox” don’t you dare mock Xbox!,yes they sort of suck at business but they make awesome games and consoles.

  53. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:55 pm -      #53

    I just remembered my xbox’s eye is fried so now I am extremely pissed off! *stops fraternizing and returns to the march*

  54. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm -      #54

    @Cj

    Are you coming? Because I want to get on this! *marches away, with the others in his wake*

  55. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 4:00 pm -      #55

    “awesome games” That is mainly not theirs they simply bought the games with money.

  56. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 4:12 pm -      #56

    @Laharl EXACTLY! ;)
    @Grand Papa Typhus
    YES! I shall come but Bill Gates must be taken alive.thats an Order!

  57. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm -      #57

    @Cj

    YES YOUR HIGHNESS!

  58. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm -      #58

    @Grand Papa Typhus
    hahaha..you still remember the most famous line in all of anime,great job now I shall crush the enemy’s of Factpile so we can expand the Empire.All hail BRITANNIA!* the crowd starts chanting with me* All hail BRITANNIA!

  59. orpheus12 June 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm -      #59

    “*Charges off to destroy MS*” Poor guy they have MC with a splazor he is doomed…
    “(MC fanboy reference for jokes)”
    I fear it may actually be true, in a metaphorical way, since Microsoft is a big corporation and can be an asshole but you can’t really do anything about it.
    he,he.

  60. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:26 pm -      #60

    I thought you’d like that CJ, it was the most flawless and perfect moment in to use that line lol

    @orpheus

    I eat assholes for breakfast, and right now I’M VERY HUNGRY!!!!

  61. kingdomugy15 June 22, 2010 at 4:27 pm -      #61

    well, I ‘m not a prinny ,but I am a great when it comes to strategic planning for battle. Then again finding a mountian top and eating popcorn while all of factpile fights for thier rights doesn’t sound so bad. … Speaking of crazy generals where’s Kenny? should’nt he be throwing in his two canes?

  62. kingdomugy15 June 22, 2010 at 4:30 pm -      #62

    oh well if anyone needs me I’ll be in the shadows.

  63. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm -      #63

    I recall that before ” I eat noobies for breakfast and right now I’M VERY HUNGRY!!!”
    never mind.

  64. starsteam June 22, 2010 at 4:31 pm -      #64

    So, the FP army must march and destroy microsoft now I feel kind of bad, but then again I always wanted to do something for a cause.

  65. kingdomguy15 June 22, 2010 at 4:33 pm -      #65

    sorry for constant posting I’ll just be going then. have fun with your assult.

  66. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:34 pm -      #66

    @starsteam

    Well heres your chance to prove your self to Factpile and the Admin

    Oh and CJ, that line is from Commando, one of my favorite movies
    Arnold Schwarzeneggar actually says “I eat greenberets for breakfast, and right now I’m very hungry!”

    So I use that one whenever I can lol

  67. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 4:35 pm -      #67

    “but you can’t really do anything about it.”
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=mCRkVeFQBmw
    Wait I can’t do that it would make it pointless.

  68. kingdomguy15 June 22, 2010 at 4:38 pm -      #68

    alright well I’m not a prinny ,but when it comes to strategy I am quite the planner. also, please ignore that last comment. sorry again for double posting.

  69. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:39 pm -      #69

    Cjrodarte: “I recall that before”

    You know, I do eat a lot of things for breakfast, *chuckles* I’m a big guy, I need my nutrition.

  70. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 4:41 pm -      #70

    this is the speech that I will say before we launch our attack www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEMdXhfO-Wk

  71. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:52 pm -      #71

    Hey CJ, remember how I keep saying that Admin is Omnipotent? Well this speech draws parallels from my beliefs of his power to who he actually is, thus Admin should be the only person giving a speech, he should rally us with this www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w3ZENhUlDU

    (I do like yours though)

  72. starsteam June 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm -      #72
  73. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 4:58 pm -      #73

    While Microsoft is far from the mighty “Spehs mehrenes” I think that is a speech bill gates should give to his people considering they were under attack in that video. We are the attackers, my link is a awesome speech Admin could/should give.

  74. starsteam June 22, 2010 at 5:05 pm -      #74
  75. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 5:15 pm -      #75

    @starsteam and GTP
    who is better Sauron or voldamort.

  76. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm -      #76

    @starsteam the speech was great but the graphics were odd.

  77. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 5:21 pm -      #77

    www.gamaniak.com/video-4559-kings-of-power-4-billion.html
    I decided the room Bill Gates shall be put in.

  78. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm -      #78

    I couldn’t even stand your vid for 30 seconds Lahar… That is a good thing for Billy lol

    Starsteam, your speeches are good, but maybe I just feeling a bit too emotional to think that there is a better speech suitable (keyword) for this situation. Which is why I like my William Wallace video reference the best still

    Are we ever going to attack? They are probably preparing for us as we speak!

  79. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm -      #79

    “I couldn’t even stand your vid for 30 seconds Laharl… That is a good thing for Billy lol”
    I watched the whole thing enjoyable things the demons here like to do.

  80. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 5:32 pm -      #80

    we must wait until Admin tells us to! :(

  81. Laharl June 22, 2010 at 5:37 pm -      #81

    Think I will take a nap *yawn~ leaves dungeon doors open with keys*

  82. Cjrodarte June 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm -      #82

    then a prinny smacks you and says “no sleeping”

  83. Jwlynas June 22, 2010 at 5:47 pm -      #83

    We are in somewhat of a hotzone of potential copyright infringements here.

    After all, the three companies who most jealously hold their copyrights would be Microsoft (As demonstrated above), Disney (Who have appeared on occasion, though mostly only in relation to Kingdom hearts) and… Games Workshop, owners of the Warhammer franchises… Those guys legal department get very very tetchy about their intellectual property being used by anyone else at all (Hence the Warhammer/Warcraft rumours, and a great many Warhammer based webcomics either shutting down or being Very careful about making sure any and all credit goes to GW)

    Which Franchises get the most exposure here again… Halo and 40K you say… eep.

  84. starsteam June 22, 2010 at 5:51 pm -      #84

    @everyone
    This would be the best song www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsv1YOFNys
    @J
    Yea, this webcomic makes it funny eatatau.smackjeeves.com/comics/712738/001-eatatau/ .

  85. Grand Pap Typhus June 22, 2010 at 5:55 pm -      #85

    “Not until admin tells us to”

    Well, I guess I will just take a dump. This can choke the Lord of Decay himself

    *grabs a newspaper, opens poop hatch in armor and squats in the nearby grassy knoll*

  86. admin June 22, 2010 at 6:10 pm -      #86

    Calm down, no need to do anything. There are many smart people who work at these companies and most of them are really cool. Don’t let a few tightly-wound types ruin our fun.

  87. Grand Pap Typhus June 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm -      #87

    “Calm down no need to do anything…” – Admin

    *From squated position, still pooping, saluting the Admin* YES, YOUR HIGHNESS!

  88. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm -      #88

    oops! I just noticed I messed up my username, sorry I am doing this from my Droid. Grand Papa Typhus is still in the house “Pap” was a typo! Lol

  89. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 6:23 pm -      #89

    I was beginning to wonder why I didn’t have stars next my name.

  90. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 6:35 pm -      #90

    Sorry guys about that misunderstanding, I am still Grand Papa Typhus, okay I have to go now, I am seeing a Toy Story 3 with my friend and his kid.

    *uses newspaper to whipe ass, closes poop hatch in armor, and walks away from the disbanded Factpile Army*

  91. Random guy June 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm -      #91

    So no wrath bringing then? oh well……*Starts to put away his demon blade, but then spots the guy that ate his food a week ago* Their you are! *chases the man while swinging the demon blade*

  92. orpheus12 June 22, 2010 at 7:40 pm -      #92

    “I eat assholes for breakfast, and right now I’M VERY HUNGRY!!!!”
    Damn, you freaky !!!
    Having a case of Coprophilia ?

  93. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 8:45 pm -      #93

    @Orpheus

    No there are just some side effects with being in the Death Guard under Nurgle’s patronage. Ha ha! I’m still, VERY HUNGRY!

  94. OriginalA June 22, 2010 at 8:58 pm -      #94

    Admin reveals the true reason for the sexy brainwashing.

    I was only wrong about the target.

    For the defense of Factplie!!!!

    ….

    What? What do you mean we were already told to stand down?

  95. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 9:07 pm -      #95

    Oh and the movie (toy story 3) was great, but seeing as this is not a movie forum, I won’t go further

  96. Siggymansz June 22, 2010 at 10:46 pm -      #96

    “Fucktards” coudn’t of said it better myself Good Job Admin Sticking it to those Micro$oft Asswipes (they also get Microhardons for Law suits)

  97. Ahremos June 22, 2010 at 10:50 pm -      #97
  98. Cargo June 22, 2010 at 10:52 pm -      #98

    And here I wanted to test out my improbable SR-71 retrofitted with a Saturn V rocket, rocket pods and cannon dating back to WW2.

  99. Grand Papa Typhus June 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm -      #99

    its okay Cargo, *patts Cargo’s back* we all wanted a little payback

  100. MEGADOOMER June 23, 2010 at 8:13 am -      #100

    Wait a minute, since when did Halo 3 have CHEAT CODES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!????????????????!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    And what are they?

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