- Hasbro is no bros, their lawyers has sent us a cease to exist letter.
- PA will be left to the care of founders Flux and Ruvil, I (simonAJ) have decided to leave due to recent events. Catch ya’ll later.
- We have an anonymous source as to the legitimacy of the takedown notice, and it is most likely real.
More after the page break.
Fandom news site BronyNews is displaying a copy of the letter.
“From Hasbro, To PonyArchive”
Your unauthorized copying, display and distribution of these episodes, therefore, constitutes copyright infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 501. We therefore demand that you immediately remove the archive pages and information from your website as well as the direct downloads and unlisted videos from YouTube.com, and cease and desist from any further use of the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC® property, including the image of the PINKIE PIE™ pony on your website, and provide us with a written assurance that in the future you will refrain from any further unauthorized use of the MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC® property.
“To Hasbro, From PonyArchive”
Thanks for your consern. Since we are merely spreading friendship and
magic we feel that we’re protected by princess Celestia herself.
Also, we are not based in the US – so US law does not apply to us.
Please feel free to download the episodes from our website in order to
learn about accepting, friendship and happyness too.
Have a nice one :)
This is not the full letter, as the full letter has a disclaimer that it cannot be duplicated (and the rest was pretty pointless). Outside of these facts, the rest is speculation. A look at the ownership of the server’s IP reveals that the server itself is US based. (Ruvil – Swedish)
[Personal Opnion Section]
Since news is about fact, and speculation is about my own opinion, we shall keep them separate.
I do judge the legit status of this C&D, myself and a few others question some of the info that appears in the letter, namely how its written. You’ll have to look at BronyNews’ full copy to see what I mean, I waited to post this article as I do enjoy talking with others and researching.
The first thing that makes my eyebrow raise is the fact they want them to remove a picture of Pinkie Pie. Understandable that you could more or less call this site a “pirate” site and that Hasbro would not want any association with it (and is legally able to say remove that picture), it just doesn’t make sense they would bother to include this in the letter. What about Fluttershy? She’s there too? Hasbro no love the shy?
The letter itself does not resemble most C&D letters you see. Use google images, you will find a ton of them, as they are quite popular with the internet. The second red flag for me is that it is an e-mail and not a certified letter that C&Ds come in. But this could just be step 1, legal intimidation. Next step would be the official letter.
The third flag, though more just a curiosity is the fact there’s IRS jargin at the end of the letter, though this could easily be just a footer/signature attached to all their e-mails.
Obviously nothing can be declared until something official arrives. There are the facts too, that PonyArchive is indeed breaking the law by distributing these episodes. Hasbro has DVDs in the making, and it won’t fair well for their wallet if people can just download the episodes. The other thing I have been told about PonyArchive is that their 720 rips are from iTunes, which Hasbro and Apple has been pissy about before, such as distribution and displaying on YouTube.
Of course certain sections of the community is screaming their heads off, between this and the YouTube take down, I think the common phrase I am reading is “the end is neigh”…..
The YouTube Take downs have never been confirmed to be Hasbro, and is assumed to be trolls. If you do a little research, you’ll see that take downs via copyright on YouTube seems to be a common practice, as even official gaming companies with official game trailers on their official youtube channel have been taken down by their own “copyright infringements”.
So the bottom line is no one knows what is going on, outside that PonyArchive got an e-mail, and they basically gave whoever the finger. It does seem they are not based in the United States as through talking with people, at least Ruvil seems to be Swedish (and going on the assumption its a group of friends, so are the others). The fact they are not in the US would play a role in this one letter, as its stating U.S.C. (United States Copyrights) as its law, but there are plenty of international laws too.
Research has pointed that their server does appear to be US based, though I need to dig around more on that. If the server is on US soil, there could be possible action no matter where the “owner” of the website account is located.
For now, we wait, and will keep you informed on what goes on with this.