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KISS this: Gene vs Anonymous

Ladies and gentlemen, the best rumble in the online jungle (this week anyway). In the red corner: Gene Simmons, the dude born Chaim Witz, member of flamboyant heritage metal band KISS, reality TV star and a man with a penchant …

Fri, Oct 22, 2010, 10:12

   

Ladies and gentlemen, the best rumble in the online jungle (this week anyway).

In the red corner: Gene Simmons, the dude born Chaim Witz, member of flamboyant heritage metal band KISS, reality TV star and a man with a penchant for garish make-up.

In the blue corner: Anonymous, a bunch of, well, anonymous internet users who’ve been carrying out distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against various anti-piracy websites.

The story begins at the MIPCOM 2010 conference in Cannes where Simmons spoke about building successful entertainment brands.

He urged businessmen to take legal action to protect their brands (“sue everybody, take their homes, their cars. Don’t let anybody cross that line”) and not to emulate the music industry which “didn’t have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material”.

The Anonymous gang took umbrage at the tone of these remarks and decided to give Simmons the same treatment they’d meted out to various music industry bodies. Within 24 hours, DDoS attacks on genesimmons.com and simmonsrecords.com had shut down both sites.

Naturally, Simmons was hopping mad and responded by threatening the culprits with legal action and the FBI.

As some technology commentators have pointed out, though, he may find this difficult to do as it was a denial of service attack rather than an actual site hack.

Of course, you could argue that the remarks were simply a publicity stunt by Simmons (and yep, it’s worked), especially as his band make their cash from selling tickets not albums these days.

After all, if Simmons was so exercised about the piracy issue, he could always do a Metallica and send the legal eagles into action against his own fans who may have downloaded his music for free. Maybe that’s the next step?

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