German band donating Sony payout to Anonymous

Atari Teenage Riot supporting hacker collective with proceeds from licensing "Black Flags" to company's PS Vita ad campaign.

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Sony may have just inadvertently contributed to the pocketbook of a hacker collective affiliated with last year's traumatic PlayStation Network outage. In a blog post today, Atari Teenage Riot member Alex Empire revealed that the band has donated money earned through a licensing deal with Sony to Anonymous-affiliated website FreeAnons.org.

Petty? Sure.

The licensing deal in question pertains to the Germany-based digital rock group's "Black Flags" track, which is available online. Sony Computer Entertainment has used the track as part of its PlayStation Vita "Never Stop Playing" advertisement campaign (embedded below), which is in heavy rotation due to the system's launch in February.

According to Empire, Atari Teenage Riot has had a litigious past with Sony. In 1999, Sony apparently lifted one of the group's tracks to promote a camcorder in Southeast Asia, without first obtaining permission. "Even though the thing got settled in court kind of, I never felt they paid what they owed," Empire said.

Empire also noted that, as per the terms of its licensing agreement with Sony, the company cannot prevent the band from using "Black Flags" in Anonymous and Occupy Wall Street promotional material.

In 2011, Sony entered open hostilities with the online hacktivist community, and it left the corporation severely bloodied. Last April, a hacker group breached various Sony databases, including the PSN, Qriocity, and Sony Online Entertainment, and in the process compromised more than 100 million accounts. The attack resulted in a six-week service interruption for the PSN, and it carried a price tag of more than $171 million.

Sony had not responded to a request for comment on the matter as of press time.

Discussion

183 comments
deathstream
deathstream

@squallgunblade7 Yeah, when you lead with " btw my opinion means more than yours...", you've already said all that really needs to be said, especially if I'd need a really good translator to figure out what your, uhm, collection of unrelated words was supposed to mean. I can't believe it took you 2 months to come up with that.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@deathstream btw my opinion means more than yours who still don't realize that the 911 attack was a false flag attack this was towards ur comment replying to gamerlegend10 so saying anything about that and comparing it to what anon did is so unrighteous your a know it all who in fact knows nothing reply back to me when you are actually educated btw( grammar doesn't equal intelligence) grammar si the parrot skill so do so all u want about attacking my grammar it shows your immaturity

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@deathstream o little kid thinks he is big and bad, grammar doesn't mean anything i am grown up its you who needs to

MrAWESOME7
MrAWESOME7

The only thing bad about the ps vita is the damn high price.

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

Sony has some bad luck I really want to see them do well and get some good games out all this politics is a waste of time and money that could be used for making better games. As for that band why not give that money that they apparently don't want to a charity.

Tekken312
Tekken312

I hope their album bombs. These guys deserve it.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@GamerLegend10 you know companies give you jobs too right... and that you work for a company ; ). don't mind if i cap the HYPO in cracy ; )

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Albelnox0 Oh really, you need me to explain? honestly if you dont have the ability to work it out for yourself then im not going to bother wasting my time.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@Gamerlegend10 then tell me who made your pc? who made your console? You.... i doubt it even if it was you you'd need the parts to begin with. And you can't have those parts without buying from the company. Are you that dumb or do you think that everything you own in your house grows from trees.

MergatroidMania
MergatroidMania

Isn't it illegal to financially support criminal groups?

carnivalshow
carnivalshow

I want to see twisted metal for this game system id buy it if that ever happened. Might buy it for the resistance im not sure lol tho would love twisted metal on line for this system that would be sick.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@deathstream ok i disagree, but you make a good point. Though i dont see cyber terrorism ever being more devastating than a nuclear war.

deathstream
deathstream

@GamerLegend10 What I am arguing is that rather than being overused, in the post 9/11 America "terrorism" is used too narrowly. Terrorist shouldn't just mean "attacking Muslim" as most people tend to use it. Terrorism is simply the use of fear-inducing tactics to accomplish a goal. The attacks themselves are not as damaging as the fear that they leave in their wake. That is the tactic that Anonymous uses, so yes, I would label them cyberterrorists. And I stated that a bad cyberterror attack could potentially be worse than some nuclear, biological or chemical attacks. Just for example an attack on our food, water or electric systems could be worse than a dirty bomb.

JohnF111
JohnF111

Well using a song without permission is pretty stupid but funding criminals out of spite? That's even worse...

Mondrath
Mondrath

It seems to me that whenever the topic of "Anonymous" comes up, many people here appear to think that two wrongs make a right. It is true that companies, states...etc commit some shady and perhaps downright despicable acts, but confronting this with further acts of disruption and loss does not fix anything. Although Anonymous may claim to be fighting for our rights, freedom and the global society, this does not give them the right to break laws, disrupt peoples lives or nick your bloody personal information. If two wrongs really did make a right then we would have to go back to history and pardon a dozen historical figures who did wrong when wrong was done to them. Hitler used to state that his reason for invading Europe was the injustices Germany faced at the hands of the treaty of Versailles; Should we then forgive him his wrong because of an injustice to him (or his people)? I don't think so, and I don't think any of you would either. I know many are going to comment that this is not the same situation, but the concept IS the same.

ahpuck
ahpuck

Kinda funny how things work. When I was much younger I used to love ATR, I still do, but now I see they are helping fund a criminal organization. Kinda funny indeed.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@devilto96 "but :anonymous dont like the sopa because him sony not suport sopa so i thinkk thx to him why?" Sorry but that makes no sense whatsoever. "because sopa is SUCK i can't download game from megaupload " Actually that had nothing to do with SOPA, they had the power to close down megaupload without it. But yeah it sucks that they try to police the internet as if they own it, its outrageous that they think it is acceptable.

ZeRo2545
ZeRo2545

Screw anon and anyone who supports them. They cause us users just as much grief as they do the companies. I had to get a new visa and change all my psn info. Not to mention making psn go down for over a month, making me lose touch with some online friends. All for what? To teach Sony a lesson? They should grow up and stop acting like spoiled little children.

devilto96
devilto96

but :anonymous dont like the sopa because him sony not suport sopa so i thinkk thx to him why?because sopa is SUCK i can't download game from megaupload

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@deathstream So you are saying that anonymous should be called cyber terrorists? (i cant quite understand in my sleep deprived state, lol) Well i cannot disagree that they fall into that category by definition, but i still believe that the word is far too strong to be used for them, its making them out to be worse than they are IMO. I do understand that cyber terrorism has the potential to create a lot of disturbance, but i wouldn't go so far to say that it is worse than nuclear, biological or chemical attacks, which have the potential to rapidly wipe us off this planet (WW3, the one day war). Edit: I think i might have misunderstood your last comment after reading your first one again, but i will wait for your response before writing anything else.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Albelnox0 "without those corporations you wouldn't have your precious tvs, computers, gadgets, and consoles" Yes we would :roll: seriously, your lake of knowledge is frustrating, please dont comment on things that you obviously know nothing about.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@Albelnox0 errrrr, wtf are you talking about??? I never once said that i support what anonymous has done...i even wrote a comment about how hacking psn was a bad move for them, so what are you on about? No im not a hypocrite, if i dont agree with how a company is run, then i dont buy from them. And no we should not bow down and except whatever the government and corporations throw at us, that is a terrible attitude...and it might not be apocalyptic, but it is a big deal. In the future learn to read before talking s***.

Darnasian
Darnasian

Anonymous sucks... Nuf said!

deathstream
deathstream

@squallgunblade7 Go to school and learn how to use punctuation so your posts aren't complete gibberish. Then, try growing up. When you are mature enough to have a disagreement without name-calling, your opinion MIGHT be worth something. Until that point, I have nothing else to say to you.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@deathstream you are such a fool no cyber criminal can do any more harm than the governments their self do and lie about lying about wars and sending off thousands of people to die so they can line their pockets they are the heroes not the villian

deathstream
deathstream

@GamerLegend10 I can't agree with you on the "terrorism" label. Cyberterrorism is both real and different from from cybercrime. In addition to the things they have already done, the potential for damage from cyberterrorists is probably greater than anything short of nuclear, biological or chemical attacks (and in some cases the cyberterrorism would be far worse). Anonymous is dangerous and irresponsible and they don't care who they hurt as long as they make their point. That sounds like textbook terrorism to me.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@Albelnox0 whatever ur such a fool i don't buy very many gadgets so ur argument is in vain with me i only get the essentials i don't even own a cell phone and u underestimate the average fellow i have seen better tech come from lone inventors who u think create the gadgets the company own i will tell u it is other regular people we would do just fine without corperations or governing bodies

NINEINCH-Tool
NINEINCH-Tool

hey gamespot get your news straight. This isn't a story, there is no conflict to report...unless you're trying to start one....also the guy's name is "alec" not "alex". Good luck sony, good luck Alec....and stop being so inflammatory GS, you'll survive without this bell-ringing nonsense.

worlock77
worlock77

You can claim that Anonymous are fighting for our internet rights, but the fact is that with every action, every breach of security, every leak of personal information they do nothing but damage the cause of a free and open internet.

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@GamerLegend10 OMG sony is the enemy!! omg there gonna nuke us and kill us all, there going to murder us OMG!!!! for crying out loud man go find a real war to fight. this whole "lets attack corporations even though ima hypocrite and i buy products from corporations" is just stupid. Stop holding grudges and move the f on

Albelnox0
Albelnox0

@squallgunblade7 and without those corporations you wouldn't have your precious tvs, computers, gadgets, and consoles. Don't bite your tongue too hard now.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@ecurl143 "he's" you mean they...anonymous is not a single person. @deathstream I think they have already been branded as terrorists, which is stupid IMO...like calling people who download illegally "pirates", people can argue all they want that its correct, but its still exaggerated, such strong words should only be used for extreme crimes, like they used to be...otherwise language will become increasingly meaningless (like saying "i love you" to someone you just met :roll: ).

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@The_Mighty_KELP I dont care if you do or dont like anonymous, but i have one problem with what you said; it seems (though i might have misunderstood), that you dislike them simply because they are hackers, am i right? well in my mind that is a terrible way to judge someone...just because someone breaks the law doesn't mean they have done wrong, the law is not always right (not talking about anonymous or even hackers here, just speaking in general). Some people give in and support all laws even if some are completely ridiculous. If a law is unfair then i ignore it, why? not because i think of myself as a rebel, but because i have a brain and i can tell right from wrong for myself...and sometimes the laws are wrong. Back to anonymous; as i said earlier, i dont agree with all of their actions, but i kind of agree with what they stand for...and i believe that hacking can (if well planned out, and with good intentions) can have a positive effect, sometimes expressing your concerns through words is not enough to be heard and action is needed. If done for the right reasons then i dont think hackers deserve to be called criminals (again talking in general). I expect a lot of people will disagree, but its just my opinion.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@J_Dangerously no worries retard groups like that won't find the better hackers and plus it is impossible for the government to find every last 1 their is to many

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

@The_Mighty_KELP the only criminals is the big corporations and government it self what makes u think people who are tired of being raped by these entities are criminals i feel sorry for low grades like yourself who are unable to understand simple logic like that

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

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deathskitten
deathskitten

Well considering Sabu has just ratted out members of LulzSec to the FBI this is a bit of a pointless gesture...

zodi
zodi

Most politicians are criminals to but they still get money from citizens, rockstars and celebreties. Good on the band for helping them out and kind of kicking sony as well.

The_Mighty_KELP
The_Mighty_KELP

No one should have any sympathy for anyone in Anonymous, because they are criminals, no matter what anyone says.

InnerSenses
InnerSenses

I wonder how much money they did make for a few cymbal crashes and a pentatonic scale? I suppose it's the gesture of the donation that counts.

Flex1
Flex1

should not have donated. let that stupid group reap what they sow, if they got others in trouble then its their fault. I dont go around hacking dice or bioware for releasing excrete games.

deathstream
deathstream

Not a really smart move. I would bet that several governments have discussed branding Anonymous a terrorist organization. At best, they are organized criminals.

AFR_basic
AFR_basic

WW3 is starting between Sony & Anonymous lol

ecurl143
ecurl143

There's a lot of hate for Anonymous because basically, he's a complete tosser.

squallgunblade7
squallgunblade7

 @deathstream  @squallgunblade7 idiot you wasn't worth my time to bother and see if you replies and if you can't understand me than you are a moron even a simple monkey could but lets be honest a monkey is way more evolved than you