Filed under today’s cut-off-my-nose-to-spite-my-face section is Microsoft’s official DMCA Take-Down notice sent out to Chris Pirillo, and Jake Ludington over their Vistatorrent website. As you recall Chris and Jake were offering their own bandwidth to shoulder some of the burden of getting Microsoft’s next generation Windows Vista beta (2) out to more people, more quickly (see a copy of the Take Down Notice below). Now if Microsoft can just answer why Windows Vista even matters. (With apologies to Robert Scoble)
Demand for Immediate Take-Down: Notice of Infringing Activity
CASE #: 45618
14 June 2006
Dear Sir or Madam,
Microsoft has received information that the domain listed above, which appears to be on servers under your control, is offering unlicensed copies of, or is engaged in other unauthorized activities relating to copyrighted works published by Microsoft.
1. Identification of copyrighted works:
Windows Vista Beta Build 5384
2. Copyright infringing material or activity found at the following location(s):
The above computer program(s) is being made available for copying, through downloading, at the above location without authorization of the copyright owner.
3. Statement of authority:
The information in this notice is accurate, and I hereby certify under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of Microsoft, the owner of the copyright(s) in the work(s) identified above. I have a good faith belief that none of the materials or activities listed above have been authorized by Microsoft, its agents, or the law.
We hereby give notice of these activities to you and request that you take expeditious action to remove or disable access to the material described above, and thereby prevent the illegal reproduction and distribution of this software via your company’s network.
We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Please advise us regarding what actions you take.
on behalf of Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052
United States of America