Friday, November 5, 2010

Kiss Hit With Copyright Violation Claim

KISS Hit With Copyright Violation Claim

The official YouTube video channel of American glam legends Kiss has been closed for breaching copyright laws – just weeks after bassist Gene Simmons controversially called for all rights breakers to be sued and jailed.

Visitors to the band’s OfficialKISSonline channel were advised in a YouTube error message: “This channel has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of our community guidelines, and/or claims of copyright infringement.”

Some Kiss videos embedded on the band website’s front page were replaced with the message: “This video is no longer available because the associated YouTube account has been terminated.” At least one replacement message stated S’more Entertainment had lodged a breach of rights claim against Kiss.

Simmons recently angered online communities by stating: ““Make sure there are no incursions. Sue everybody. Be litigious. Take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line.”

His comments resulted in hacker outfit Anonymous blocking access to his sites and, after which he said: “Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say, ‘adventurous’ young people, who feel they are above the law.

“And, as stated in my recent speech, we will sue their pants off. First they will be punished. Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who’s been there for years and is looking for a new girlfriend.

“We will soon be printing their names and pictures. We will find you. You cannot hide.”

However, he later updated the page to say: “We’ve been told by government people to take down our previous post, so they can do what they do best: find out who you are and where you are. Stay tuned.”

Simmons collapsed in an airport foyer two weeks ago, and cited exhaustion and dehydration as the cause. He received medical attention for a wound to his eye.

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