Gene Simmons has been speaking up about music piracy, boldly threatening anyone and everyone who steals his money (by downloading his music) with lawsuits. The ballsiest of the pirates have responded with a grand gesture, sinking Gene’s ship this morning with one big shot. Time for some popcorn.
As of this morning, genesimmons.com is out cold, as is the UK’s Intellectual Property Office at ipo.gov.uk. Also targeted for attack are RIAA, the MPAA and the so-called “WebSheriff” as outlined in the “Operation Payback” target list here.
Snarky headline aside, we’ve given Gene credit where it’s due. Yet while the piracy argument may be complicated, the current situation is clear: On the internet, a global assembly of kids on message boards wields enough power to hold corporations and the law at their mercy.
This situation can’t last forever. And in every version of this tale through history, the pirates eventually lose. But it’s always fun to see such long-winded, calculated verbal threats met with a simple swift physical smack in the face, and hopefully someone among the powers that be in this world will take away that any potential solution to all of these woes cannot ignore the citizens with internet connections and balls, at the behest of old rock stars and executives with money and sob stories.