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LONG BLOG

Destructoid downtime due to Cblogs violating DMCA, please read

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As you probably noticed we experienced some unexpected downtime this afternoon from 7pm-8pm CST due to three reasons that, when combined, caused a meltdown: (a) someone filed a copyright violation against a cblogger (see below) for copy/pasting the entirety of their content and (b) our hosting company is migrating to a new software that isn't sending out email notices for trouble tickets and (c) didn't have my new address, so I found out that they were trying to reach me after our load balancing hardware was unplugged. Super!

It took us an hour to pull the blog post, contact their lawyer, point our site to a backup, get the legal stuff worked out, have them plug the server back in, switch our stuff back, yadda yadda. Moral of the story: please be very careful about attribution. Its fine to copy/paste a fraction of someone's content but taking entire stories off of another site is frowned upon. What a mission. At least we're back up and Colette ordered chicken wings. (sigh)

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To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to you to avail myself of my rights under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law. I wish to report what I feel in good faith is an instance of Copyright Infringement. The infringing material appears on the service for which you are the designated agent.

The DMCA clearly speficies on Section 202(c) that a service provider will also become liable unless upon notification of claimed infringement as described in paragraph (3), responds expeditiously to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity.

1. The material which I contend belongs to me, and appears illegally on the Service is the following:

18 Undiscovered Websites Every Gamer Should Know

2. The original material appears on my website at this address:

http://www.dailybits.com/18-undiscovered-websites-every-gamer-should-know/

3. The infringing material appears at the website address:

http://www.destructoid.com/blogs/chief+blaze/should-know--66488.phtml

4. My contact information is as follows:

(removed)


5. I have a good faith belief that the use of the material that appears on the service is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or by operation of law.

6. The information in this notice is accurate, and I am either the copyright owner or I am authorize to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

I declare under the perjury laws of the United States of America that this notification is true and correct.

- It takes a lot to make a stew


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About Niero Gonzalezone of us since 9:58 PM on 03.16.2006

Gonzo Destructoid editor, the original troublemaker. You may know me as the guy that chased Jack Thompson around courtrooms, the guy that snuck into E3 in a robot helmet, or the publisher of one of your favorite games critics. At the end of the day my job is to keep Destructoid interesting, carrying us through the ever-changing games media landscape. In my spare time I'm also your webmaster, updating the site so Google doesn't murder us. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage:


(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)


I mustache you where the cake is

About me: Typical gamer. Mostly PC, mobile, and retro. Favorite game of all time is probably Mega Man 2, though I have to pull myself away from JRPGs or our site loses a founder for three months. When I'm not yelling at people online I enjoy people watching and buying games for my dad, who despite being in his late 60's writes his own strategy guides and prints GameFAQs, which makes me incredibly proud.

My dog checks all my work for bugs:
I don't have kids but I have a cool nephew (and my Destructoid kids are enough, I'm like Papa Niero with so many of us breaking into biz), so I travel easily and inexpensively when I can. Sometimes I teach English to ESL students. I can speak and read a little Japanese and Spanish. I went to school for illustration. I'll post some old drawings here when I can find them. Of course, I drew the Destructoid logo based on the Japanese Smoking Robot toy.


Destructoid is not financially successful, but it grants all of us an incredible amount of flexibility. Living well doesn't require all that much money anyway. I've had roommates throughout my 30's in San Francisco (like Full House) and it was the best adventure ever, though quite scary and uncertain at times as I moved on a whim. It all worked out.


My dream is to retire (and beat all my Steam games) and continue doing exactly what I do every day but in Tokyo, where I've lived off and on for the last two years after realizing it was much cheaper than San Francisco (seriously, look into it) I've also traveled through Habitat for Humanity, doing free construction work in Central America. Awesome times.


My advice to people who want to work in videogames is to just start doing the work, even if you do it incredibly poorly at first, until it just happens. You want to be a writer? Write daily and try different strategies daily. I've crashed this website so many times I've lost track but I keep at it. That's been my story: fake it till you make it. I was definitely not invited to E3 but I just wouldn't give up, and now I've been to almost every videogame event all around the world. It took a lot of lost sleep to get to where I am. Years. But, if I can do it, then anybody with grit can do it. You have to be Stan Bush and dare, or at least Weird Al and dare to be stupid. Either way you'll make traction.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. Fuck sleeping. Ship something daily. Build. Never. Stop.

This is me backing up your blogs:


Email me at [email protected]
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