A First-Hand Account From the Guy Who Tried to Steal the "Still Alive" Track for RockBand
You may remember that last week, at GDC, Harmonix pretty much announced that the song from Portal, “Still Alive,” was coming to RockBand by having Jonathan Coulton sing it live on stage at the Valve party. And you might have heard a few accounts from people who were there that some drunk guy tried to copy the song onto his own memory card before being stopped by someone from Harmonix. Well, it turns out that guy actually has a LiveJournal blog where he posted his own story about the whole affair. Apparently, he was admittedly tipsy when he decided to step on stage and ask the CEO of Harmonix — who had been drumming — if he could take the song. He doesn’t recall what was said, but he somehow came to the conclusion that it was alright for him to just take it. As he was trying to download the song, someone else from Harmonix stopped him and deleted the file from his memory card before giving it back to him. He later apologized to the Harmonix employee who busted him and learned that the file wouldn’t have worked on a retail copy anyway. He also explains in his blog why he thought it was alright for him to just take the track:
Don’t try this at home, kids. The only reason I did is because I am an acquaintance of Alex [Rigopulos, CEO of Harmonix] as well as good friends with several Harmonix folks, and game industry friends give each other free swag all the time. Remember, making an unauthorized copy of copyrighted material is theft.
Yes, he’s such good friends with some of these people that it seemed perfectly fine for him to just steal stuff from them, not to mention mess with their jobs; what a great friend. The icing on the cake is how he explains that breaking copyright law is theft and that people shouldn’t do it, when that’s exactly what he was doing. Seriously, the only valid excuse here is to just say, “I was drunk,” and leave it at that. You can read his full story by clicking the link below.