Monkeyball Down!

16 11 2008

Well, Apple, it took you long enough to find us. We’re sure Mr. Haklab will take credit for this and all we have to say to that is that it took you long enough. We had a good run and honestly we are surprised we lasted this long. We don’t want to move servers again to another country to avoid DMCA as we’ve lost interest since the site first launched.

Also, want to just throw out some thanks for people who helped us along the way. Wyze (me), all the coding behind the website. Scuzzy19, where would we be without you? You were the main uploader. Thank you so much for sticking with it even though I was anal on the content of the files, but I only wanted the best from this site. PhYzIcX, you were the #2 uploader and we lost you for a while but came back at the end. sadam, for help with coding tips along the way and all the referrals and support from your forums over at www.xsellize.com. Kyek, for all the tips and help with coding and debugging as well and I want to wish you good luck to you and your site. You can contact me at any time if you need any help! Doosje, gave me a bit of code that I tested and was working but never implemented.

Also, I would be willing to sell the domain name as I have no use for it anymore. If anyone is interested, just email me wyze@themonkeysball.com.

Just want to say it’s been a fun ride and I’ll miss it and just want to part with some stats for all the curious kitties out there. Alexa ranking was 34,091 with over 20,000 unique visitors a day. And here are some screenshots for you. ..Almost forgot the screenshot of the bandwidth.

Just one more thing I’d like to share is the e-mail that was forwarded to me. I thought the followup was very funny and could go as far as not being professional as the first email..

——– Message original ——–
Sujet : RE: [URGENT] Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Software — Immediate Action Requested
Date : Tue, 11 Nov 2008 14:41:06 -0800
De : Ramage, Ian <IRamage@OMM.com>
Pour : <abuse@ovh.net>, <oles@ovh.net>
Références : <81BF9350D4F8D14F891CE7BC06F71614016F12CA@LACL3MSG2.firm.omm.com> <81BF9350D4F8D14F891CE7BC06F7161402937DF0@LACL3MSG2.firm.omm.com>

Sirs:

Please explain why the website referenced below, http://www.themonkeysball.com,
is operational again. The site is engaged in mass copyright
infringement.

—–Original Message—–
From: Ramage, Ian Sent: Sunday, October 05, 2008 9:14 AM
To: abuse@ovh.net; oles@ovh.net
Subject: [URGENT] Illegal Distribution of Copyrighted Software —
Immediate Action Requested
Importance: High

To Whom It May Concern:

We represent Apple Inc. (“Apple”). It has come to our attention that a
website hosted by Kimsufi.com, http://www.themonkeysball.com, is facilitating
the distribution of cracked versions of iPhone games (the “Files”) sold
on Apple’s website.
The Files are unauthorized reproductions of copyrighted material
distributed by Apple, and has been published without the permission of
Apple. Apple protects the applications sold on its website with digital
rights management technology that effectively controls access to and
copying of the applications. The publishers of this Files have
“cracked” that protection in violation of the anti-circumvention
measures of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C.
1201(a)(1)(A).
Apple therefore requests that you take steps to immediately disable this
website. Please notify me by reply e-mail once you have done so, and
feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
Sincerely,

/s/ Ian Ramage
Ian Ramage
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Embarcadero Center, 28th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
Phone: 415.984.8783
Fax: 415.984.8701
iramage@omm.com
DMCA Certification: I hereby state, under penalty of perjury, that I
have a good faith belief that the activities identified above are not
authorized by Apple, that the information in this notification is
accurate, and that I am authorized to act on behalf of Apple in this
regard.
This message and any attached documents contain information from the law
firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP that may be confidential and/or
privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, you may not read,
copy, distribute, or use this information. If you have received this
transmission in error, please notify the sender immediately by reply
e-mail and then delete this message.

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5 responses

18 11 2008
ipodtouchlover

We also need to start going to appulous.us instead of appulo.us. Try going to appulo.us and see waht happens.

20 11 2008
Shayan

i did it redirects you to http://www.appulous.us

21 11 2008
ipodtouchlover

well, its fixed now.

27 11 2008
Shayan

Yeah I found out. Thanks and help spread the news out

17 11 2009
Needstokno

What parent company hosted TheMonkeysBall.com?

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