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Apple exige fechamento de site que pirateava aplicativos para iPhones/iPods touch

Até que a brincadeira durou mais do que esperavam. Depois de uma tentativa não-sucedida no início de outubro, a Apple finalmente conseguiu que sua ameaça fosse ouvida: o site TheMonkey’sBall.com, que pirateava jogos e aplicativos para iPhones e iPods touch, não está mais no ar.

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Seu criador, identificado pelo apelido Wyze, afirma que o site estava registrando atualmente uma média de 20 mil visitantes únicos diários. Em menos de três meses de funcionamento, foram mais de 3 milhões de visitas, no total.

Confira os emails enviados pela Apple ao provedor que hospedava o site:

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——– Message original ——–
Sujet : RE: [URGENT] Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Software — Immediate Action Requested
Date : Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:41:06 -0800
De : Ramage, Ian
Pour : ,
Références : <[email protected]> <[email protected]>

Sirs:

Please explain why the website referenced below, www.themonkeysball.com,
is operational again. The site is engaged in mass copyright
infringement.

—–Original Message—–
From: Ramage, Ian Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 9:14 AM
To: [email protected]; [email protected]
Subject: [URGENT] Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Software —
Immediate Action Requested
Importance: High

To Whom It May Concern:

We represent Apple Inc. (“Apple”). It has come to our attention that a
website hosted by Kimsufi.com, www.themonkeysball.com, is facilitating
the distribution of cracked versions of iPhone games (the “Files”) sold
on Apple’s website.
The Files are unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted material
distributed by Apple, and has been published without the permission of
Apple. Apple protects the applications sold on its website with digital
rights management technology that effectively controls access to and
copying of the applications. The publishers of this Files have
“cracked” that protection in violation of the anti-circumvention
measures of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.
1201(a)(1)(A).
Apple therefore requests that you take steps to immediately disable this
website. Please notify me by reply e-mail once you have done so, and
feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,

/s/ Ian Ramage
Ian Ramage
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.984.8783
Fax: 415.984.8701
[email protected]
DMCA Certification: I hereby state, under penalty of perjury, that I
have a good faith belief that the activities identified above are not
authorized by Apple, that the information in this notification is
accurate, and that I am authorized to act on behalf of Apple in this
regard.
This message and any attached documents contain information from the law
firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP that may be confidential and/or
privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you may not read,
copy, distribute, or use this information. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply
e-mail and then delete this message.

Será que a Apple conseguirá controlar esse tipo de distribuição ilegal de conteúdos da App Store? A própria página do TheMonkey’sBall.com que ficou no ar já indica um outro site “substituto.” Mais uma briga de gato e rato que se inicia…

[Dica do Alexander Novarro, obrigado!]

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