A reader sent us some interesting "screen shots"..... before-and-after shots of MediaSentry's web site, showing that -- in response to the various investigations and litigations over its illegal investigations -- it has removed the terms "investigation services" and "gathering evidence for civil/criminal litigation". Our reader writes:
Ray, I am sending you a PDF file printed from MediaSentry's web page on 2/3/08. In the fine print on the left hand side of each of the pages, MediaSentry claims that it [provides] "Investigative Services", and that "Safenet has extensive experience gathering evidence for civil/criminal litigation and prosecution against those who engage in unauthorized online content distribution".It does indeed, doesn't it?
When I checked the web page again yesterday, 2/18/08, The page had been completely changed. Gone from the web page are the terms investigation, and information gathering, and they are replaced with terms like "intelligence services" and "Globally detect, track and deter the unauthorized distribution".
Looks like a MediaSentry is trying to cover its tracks.
Good thing our reader was astute enough to make an historic record, as this *pdf should be useful to many prosecutors and other lawyers who are now trying to disprove MediaSentry's lies that it wasn't involved in 'investigation' at all, just gathering statistics for a 'nonprofit organization'.
[Ed. note: For those of you who like looking at old litigation documents made under penalty of perjury, you might want to try some of Richard Gabriel's declarations about MediaSentry's role: September 27, 2006, Declaration*; November 9, 2006, Declaration*. If you get into any litigation over whether MediaSentry was an "investigator" or not, just subpoena Mr. Gabriel as your lead witness.]
MediaSentry web pages*
* Document published online at Internet Law & Regulation
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