Gene Simmons, best known for merchandising the hell out of some band that he plays with and advocating suing anyone that doesn’t pay $18 for a KISS CD, has done it again. The 4Chan message board group known as “anonymous” didn’t like the recent remarks he made at a convention where he blamed the music industry for not suing every college student that downloaded music. When “anonymous” doesn’t like a site, they’ll attack it using a DoS attack, or denial of service attack, which is what they’ve done with Simmons’ own site.
While we can’t say we’re 100% on board with 4chan, it’s going to be tough to get people to stop downloading, and legal action is absolutely not the way to do that. What’s more is that Simmons thinks he’ll be able to sue an entire message board. Here’s his post on the whole debacle, according to Slyck.
Some of you may have heard a few popcorn farts re: our sites being threatened by hackers.
Our legal team and the FBI have been on the case and we have found a few, shall we say “adventurous” young people, who feel they are above the law.
And, as stated in my MIPCOM speech, we will sue their pants off.
First, they will be punished.
Second, they might find their little butts in jail, right next to someone who’s been there for years and is looking for a new girl friend.
We will soon be printing their names and pictures.
We will find you.
You cannot hide.
I’ve got to think that even if they are able to find some of those people, suing some smart hacker kids that probably still live with their parents probably isn’t going to net Gene too much cash. And if he’s trying to shame them by suing them, his plan appears to be backfiring, because he definitely looks more like the out of touch old man that thinks legal action is a cure-all. As of this posting, Gene’s site was still down.