Ares Rights, Bless Its Heart, Continues Bumbling Attempts At Censorship

Last summer I wrote about Ares Rights, a nominal "anti-piracy" firm that acts as a small-time legbreaker for various South American governments. When we encountered Ares they were trying to scrub discussions of Ecuador's spying practices through bogus DMCA notices. More recently Ares Rights abused the DMCA to suppress reporting on Ecuadoran corruption.

Now — because the internet is all about shoving everything up its own ass, as Jeff Winger would say — Ares Rights is sending out frivolous DMCA demands trying to silence discussion of its use of frivolous DMCA demands. Ares Rights responded to the Electronic Frontier Foundation's blog post about their abuse with, as Adam Steinbaugh reports, sending a DMCA notice demanding removal of the blog post. If that's not meta enough for you, now Ares Rights has issued a DMCA notice seeking to take down Adam Steinbaugh's blog post discussing their DMCA notice targeting the EFF's blog post discussing their prior DMCA notices.

It's not clear what Ares Rights hopes to accomplish. Their DMCAs will fail. This won't slow coverage. Trying to brush off the EFF or Steinbaugh with a DMCA notice is like trying to get a dog to stop humping your leg by petting it and feeding it bacon. Maybe they bill by the hour, even for patently ridiculous tasks? Maybe they are trying to convince their Ecuadorian masters that they are doing something, anything? Maybe they are just really very bad at their jobs? Stay tuned to find out.

Meanwhile, maybe you could go to their Facebook page and tell them what you think.

Edited to add: Ares Rights is deleting comments on their Facebook page, but they can't delete reviews here.

Adam Steinbaugh has responded to the DMCA notice.

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Comments

  1. That Anonymous Coward says

    I tried that whole bacon and petting thing with Adam, he was not impressed. (OHAI Adam.)

    I am shocked it took them this long to take a run at this, and having only seen part of the notice it is as well done as one would expect for people who think it is a magic wand to remove that which we don't like. Could it be they secretly support taking down those they work for, so they file these silly notices to geometrically expand the coverage their actions are already getting? Sorta shocked the **AA's aren't using them yet.

  2. Daniel says

    I think it was PlanV's coverage of the EFF blog post that drew a DMCA notice – I don't think EFF itself got one.

  3. Jim Tyre says

    I think it was PlanV's coverage of the EFF blog post that drew a DMCA notice – I don't think EFF itself got one.

    True. But (almost) sad we didn't.

    Ken, you silver-tongued devil, you have such a way with words. '-)

  4. Matthew Cline says

    Ares Rights is sending out frivolous DMCA demands trying to silence discussion of its use of frivolous DMCA demands.

    It's DMCA notices all the way down.

  5. says

    Infinite DMCA takedown notice recursion in 3… 2…

    Also, as most of you know, Ares is the original Greek god of war. You might wonder what kind of personality type would choose that reference when naming a law firm.

    Seems like it might be the same type of personality that drops a DMCA notice with the same regard as a deuce.

  6. Dion Starfire says

    Trying to brush off the EFF or Steinbaugh with a DMCA notice is like trying to get a dog to stop humping your leg by petting it and feeding it bacon

    D*mnit, Ken!!! Do you have any idea how badly lemonade burns when it comes squirting out your nose from laughing too hard?!?!

  7. spinetingler says

    Dammit, ruined a keyboard!

    Trying to brush off the EFF or Steinbaugh with a DMCA notice is like trying to get a dog to stop humping your leg by petting it and feeding it bacon.

  8. Drebin says

    @SPQR:

    Maybe start humping someone's leg? I understand the people at Ares Rights may not understand cause and effect all to well, so perhaps begin there with your bacon-chasing amorous adventures.

  9. Matt says

    Maybe they bill by the hour, even for patently ridiculous tasks? Maybe they are trying to convince their Ecuadorian masters that they are doing something, anything? Maybe they are just really very bad at their jobs?

    I choose "all of the above".

  10. says

    ….is like trying to get a dog to stop humping your leg by petting it and feeding it bacon.

    I'm SO using that…copyright be dammed.

  11. ZarroTsu says

    Ares Rights should cut to the chase and file a DMCA takedown notice against their own DMCA takedown notice.

    Or maybe a DMCA notice written against itself at the time of its writing.

  12. Zach says

    It is exactly this sort of unpunished behavior that proves that the DMCA is thoroughly broken. You have to prove the claims are made in bad faith which is extremely difficult in most cases. And yet Congress doesn't seem to think there's any sort of problem with that, or the patent system, or copyright length, or complete and total ISP market monopolies. Nope, no problems there.

  13. ysth says

    Arrived here from a link on techdirt and was surprised that I haven't seen any of Ken's recent posts on the front page. Maybe your Etag calculation is borked?

  14. Allen says

    What can you say, it's Ecuador. I think libel and slander against government officials are still criminal offenses there. Of course no one would ever think that a judge aligned with the current President might find that comments about him were slanderous and libelous. Perish the thought.

    What I find particularly foul about things like this is that these people try to use our rules of law to undermine the whole idea of the rule of law.

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