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Destructoid downtime due to Cblogs violating DMCA, please read


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)


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:


3. The infringing material appears at the website address:


4. My contact information is as follows:


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

I keep Destructoid weird. Also I'm a playable character in Retro City Rampage, look:

(along with the whole 2009 Dtoid Editorial team)

Sometimes I have a villainous mustache

My dog CoCo checks all my work for bugs:

I live in Japan sometimes.

Sometimes I do volunteer stuff between gigs:

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. Eventually, you become a writer. Don't overthink it, that's all there is to it.

Live your dream! You only have one ticket, you may as well go for it. When I founded this site in 2006 everybody told me there were already too many gaming websites and it would never happen for me. I ended up selling the site to Enthusiast Gaming and now I help run the biggest gaming convention in Toronto, and continue to work on this site, which reaches millions a month. Basically fuck whatever people think - work hard everyday and don't take no for an answer.

Email me at [email protected]

The most important lesson I learned as an adult is that everybody's faking it at their job - and faking it better than everyone else is who gets the job. Also, be nice.
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