A First-Hand Account From the Guy Who Tried to Steal the "Still Alive" Track for RockBand

portalcake1-1.jpgYou 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.

Via Algorithmancy’s LiveJournal

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6 Comments on A First-Hand Account From the Guy Who Tried to Steal the "Still Alive" Track for RockBand


On February 27, 2008 at 2:44 am

Well it isn’t really fair that us REAL gamers, the people who pay money and KEEP THESE PEOPLE IN BUSINESS, can’t get a great song like Still Alive, because the ‘industry’ fatcats (who think they’re above us, just as much as CEOs of corporations other than games) think that they should get exclusive content that they can tease us with but not let us play.

heads. ALex Riggalgjagous or whatever.


On February 27, 2008 at 2:46 am

Note: Even if they release it as a real song, that guy should have been allowed to take it. copyright laws and all that trash. It’s 2008. Digital media should be free to all.


On February 27, 2008 at 9:09 am

He WAS drunk.


On February 27, 2008 at 10:38 am

Leave the guy alone! he was drunk and did a stupid thing like we all do, its not right to victimise people of stupid little things like that! he apologised and is freinds with the CEO anyway! Leave him alone now, instead of talking about how he is such a darstadly theif, when he clearly isn’t.

Rant over. :smile:


On February 27, 2008 at 12:01 pm

sharing with a few of your best buddies isn’t wrong.

Sharing with thousands of faceless people you don’t know, is.


On February 27, 2008 at 2:06 pm

What a retard. If I would invite one of my friends to a party and they acted like this I don’t think I’d be speaking to him for awhile. And he’s victimized? Give me a ing break.