Gene Simmons Battles Anonymous Anti-Copyright Group
KISS bassist Gene Simmons has started a war of the words with an anti-copyright group, calling themselves Anonymous, responsible for a number of DDoS attacks on industry organizations. The group is associated with the message board 4Chan and have targeted such groups as the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft. These attacks have stood out mainly because of their scale and success, causing hours of downtime at these organizations. In an allegedly genuine interview with one member of the anonymous group, the member revealed their motivation as a backlash against the targeted organization’s “long out-dated traditional views on copyright infringement enforced solely by rich and powerful corporations”. The interviewee stated that these views must be changed in light of the Internet Age.
Simmons has responded directly to these attacks by threatening to sue any hackers that are caught. He also has publicly stated his views that such hackers should be put in jail. The anonymous group responded to these comments with a direct attack on Simmons’ personal website. While Simmons’ websites are now back online, he has made it clear that he will not back down from his views and succumb to the pressure put on by the group Anonymous.
At the very least this issue will bring attention to both sides of the copyright enforcement issue. Simmons joins a long list of famous recording artist who have publicly come out to voice their strong opposition to Internet piracy and their support of enforcement measures. While his comments may make him a target for hacker groups such as Anonymous, it is always encouraging to see artists stand up to such a form of cyber-bullying.
For more on this story see “Gene Simmons battles Anonymous group after new DDoS attacks” by John E. Dunn.