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[DMCA-Activists] RE: Hackers Have Field Day with Madonna Decoy

From: Ryan Jairam
Subject: [DMCA-Activists] RE: Hackers Have Field Day with Madonna Decoy
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 23:49:46 -0400

While by no means am I an advocate for vigilante justice, this is pretty
gosh darned hilarious.

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Subject: Hackers Have Field Day with Madonna Decoy

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Subject: pho: Hackers Have Field Day with Madonna Decoy
Date: Sun, 27 Apr 2003 18:22:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: John Parres <address@hidden>
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I do love it so when the Pho list drives the reportage =)  




Hackers Have Field Day with Madonna Decoy
Sun Apr 27, 3:55 PM ET 
By Chris Marlowe 

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Anyone who thinks they can control
Internet received an object lesson during the past week. 

It all started when Madonna (news - web sites) literally lent her voice
to a
popular antipiracy technique.  Warner Music Group had audio files
to be her new songs uploaded onto peer-to-peer file-sharing services.
who downloaded the decoys, however, heard nothing but the pop star
at them. But since then, the pithy profanity has taken on a life of its

Some observers thought Madonna was smart to fight piracy with its own
Others perceived a thrown gauntlet -- hackers soon defaced Madonna's Web
site with an equally profane retort along with several downloadable
files of
the then-unreleased songs. The defacement also carried a marriage
to Morgan Webb, an associate producer and on-air presenter at TechTV who
nothing to do with the prank.

A third group saw a creative opportunity. "What the f--- do you think
doing," Madonna's now-infamous phrase, is turning up in dozens of
and the computer-aided musical collages known as cutups or mashups. 

Independent music community DMusic is now hosting a competition for the
Madonna-based track, with the first prize being a "boycott-riaa (news -
sites)" T-shirt and stickers. 

Links to other related tracks are being put together at and other sites. 

"Madonna was trying to put one over on the kids ... and they in turn
to let her know that she's not in as much control as she thinks she is,"
Webb said, adding that "coke, anger and boredom" were also possible

Madonna's "American Life" was released Tuesday and is predicted to enter
Billboard's charts at No. 1, albeit with sales considerably lower than
for her previous album "Music." 

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter 

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