News BayTSP Acknowledges Sending Warning Notices by Mistake (Updated)
posted on 2007-11-21 11:59 EST
The American company BayTSP has acknowledged that it accidentally processed warning notices for allegedly unauthorized anime downloaders in France, Japan, and the United States last week, according to a Wednesday report in The New Paper periodical in Singapore. Odex, an anime licensee in Singapore, had asked BayTSP, a firm that deals with online intellectual property, to pursue unauthorized anime downloaders in that country only, and not worldwide.
BayTSP spokesperson Jim Graham said in a joint reply with Odex, "Moving forward, notices relating to Odex-licensed and authorized content will only be sent to Singapore ISPs [Internet service providers] whose subscribers are identified as downloading this content illegally." Odex has not responded to ANN's request for a separate comment.
The two companies have been serving notices to Singaporean Internet users throughout 2007, and some users have spent S$3,000 to S$5,000 (about US$2,000 to US$3,500) to settle the copyright infringement claims outside the courts. The resulting outcry from other users has spread throughout that country's online forums, newspapers, and television news.
Update: The Odex website's domain address was hacked to redirect to another website on November 22 (Singapore time), and the new website displayed a message from the hacker. Neither the official website nor the hacker's redirected page is currently accessible as of November 21, 7:30 p.m. EST.
Update 2: DarkMirage's blog notes that the hack was not an external domain name system (DNS) hack, but a compromise of Odex's web server itself. Jim Graham identified himself in his message to ANN as "the PR person for Odex."