Pirate Bay upload by Dependent founder a hoax - 'extensive research not always an option' Internet media say

Posted on 12/02/08

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Pirate Bay upload by Dependent founder a hoax; 'extensive research not always an option' for Internet media
Dependent label owner Stefan Herwig has sent us the following announcement regarding the news that he would have decided to upload the complete Dependent catalogue on The Pirate Bay as several online media have falsely reported.

Stefan Herwig:

    "Some interesting news reached us at the offices of Dependent on Monday. According to the online magazine Torrentfreaks.com, Dependent Records founder Stefan Herwig had decided to make the entire Dependent back catalogue available for free via the controversial Torrent tracker The Pirate Bay. Despite the fact that this was an obvious hoax - Herwig has long been a vocal opponent of file sharing - dozens of Internet magazines repeated the story, sometimes including the link to the torrent itself.

    The reaction of Torrentfreak.com founder and correspondent "Ernesto" was to note that since he has a full-time job, "doing extensive research is not always an option". He had apparently read news of the label's closing on the Dependent web site and taken the Pirate Bay story at face value; the facts that the person pretending to be Stefan Herwig misspelled the name of the label in the original announcement, and that the official label website made no mention of this unusual offer, failed to raise any red flags with either Torrentfreak.com nor any of the other Internet sites which reprinted the story verbatim. The only online source which first attempted to check the veracity of the announcement with Dependent was online music magazine Side-Line.

    As evidence for its own credibility, Torrentfreak.com quotes the Guardian UK as calling the site "more reliable than the BBC"."

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Posted by: StefanHerwig on Jun 03, 09 | 11:48 am

I guess the point is to research first, THEN print your story, and not to print your story, be alerted that you are wrong, then correct it and regard it as a hoax - that you produced yourself.



Posted by: DarkVince on Feb 12, 08 | 10:39 pm

"Bring me my gun of itching desire
Bring me my bullets and I will fire"

"Something went wrong
Along the way
Everybody's waiting for
Judgment day"

Hang those pirates high!

Posted by: His Holiness, Pope Pathogen XPVIII on Feb 12, 08 | 5:16 pm

I can't believe people actually care enough about this to make it a news item.

Posted by: Side-Line on Feb 12, 08 | 12:46 pm

@ macs : they adapted the article almost every minute + they never checked with Stefan in the first place + the headline they use is clear. You should check your facts first.

Posted by: macs on Feb 12, 08 | 12:18 pm

This was included in the original article:

"However, this move from Dependent Records seems to be a bit odd, especially when you read why the label decided to close its doors. Perhaps the Stefan who posted the albums onto The Pirate Bay isnít the real one?"

They didn't post it as truth, and corrected the article as soon as Stefan replied.

You should do your research...

Posted by: Skinfitz on Feb 12, 08 | 11:36 am

"doing extensive research is not always an option"

Like, sending an email..? Not as if Mr Herwig lives in the remote parts of the Himalayas and only reachable by donkey now is it?

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