Company that oversees US "six-strikes" copyright shakedown has its company status revoked

The Center for Copyright Information -- a company established by the RIAA, MPAA and various ISPs -- to oversee the American six-strikes copyright enforcement status has had its company status revoked and faces fines and other penalties. It appears that they forgot to file their government paperwork and pay their fees; they promise that they'll be back online once it's sorted out.

The revocation means that CCI’s articles of organization are void, most likely because the company forgot to file the proper paperwork or pay its fees.

“If entity’s status is revoked then articles of incorporation / organization shall be void and all powers conferred upon such entity are declared inoperative, and, in the case of a foreign entity, the certificate of foreign registration shall be revoked and all powers conferred hereunder shall be inoperative,” the DCRA explains.

Unfortunately for the CCI, the DCRA doesn’t have a strike based system and the company is now facing civil penalties and fines.

It appears that company status was revoked last year which means that other businesses now have the option to take over the name. That would be quite an embarrassment, to say the least, and also presents an opportunity to scammers.

“When a Washington DC corporation is revoked by the DCRA, its name is reserved and protected until December 31st of the year the corporation is revoked. After December 31st, other business entities may use the corporations name,” the DCRA explains on its website.

“Six Strikes” Anti-Piracy Outfit Loses Company Status, Faces Penalties [Ernesto/TorrentFreak]

(Thanks, That Anonymous Coward)


  1. I have to wonder how the Content Cartels manage to keep lowballing their way to embarrassing failures even in their moments of triumph.

    The various rather-slimy ‘shell-corporation-while-U-wait’ services don’t have exact pricing(places like Nevada and Delaware are rather more popular for the purpose); but I’d be shocked if handling a DC incorporation could possibly run more than 50-100k, even if you hired a real lawyer to do the paperwork.

    Did they really, after all that lobbying, right up to the top, and strong arming every major ISP in the US, manage to screw up a few thousands to tens of thousands in fees and a small stack of paperwork? Seriously? 

    And these guys are expected to run a system of Kangaroo courts for the entire online population of the United States?

    My mind reels… You’d think that this would be just a small procedural detail, in a much larger plan that has taken years of lobbying by some seriously high-powered operators, bristling with lawyers and experienced beltway flacks, not something that they’d just fail to meet a few trivial procedural requirements on…

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    1. 50-100,000? You did mean $US, right, not Yen or something? Registering a corporation would cost under $1,000 even if a gold-plated attorney did it.

      However, it’s likely they failed to file a Statement of Continued Existence, which is a thing nonprofits do here in Ohio, and probably in DC. That would be a few hundred at most – it’s just name, address, and a $25 fee here.

      1. I was allowing a generous upper bound, on the theory that they might have some slightly more complex than usual arrangement(definitely not for nefarious purposes, or to hide their stakeholders, or anything like that…) and the expensive tastes in lawyers that you get when you are accustomed to having senators on call.

        As you say, though, incorporation is Not A Big Deal, so whatever they fucked up was probably substantially cheaper.

  2. But we’re the government! Oh, right, we aren’t, we just think we are or at least ought to be.

    1. No we are private corporate law with no more power than other corporations are willing to allow us to have over citizens, while the actual Government encourages this travesty to happen.

      1. So the problem is government. Stop blaming the corporations for wanting money.

        1. When the Vice President of the US and another appointed offical give their blessing to an extra-legal system that skips the actual law… yeah blame the Government

  3.  I’ll replace the usual “Christ, what a (bunch of) assholes”, with, “Christ, what a bloody stupid bunch of clueless greedy bastards”.

  4. OHAI Cory!
    And remember kids the source for their strikes is the same company that demanded Google delist pages on HBO.COM for having stolen content from HBO.
    And I’d not be surprised if they had something to do with that whole Homeland fiasco too.
    Maybe its time they have to pay the price for sending out shitty notices…

  5. Any chance the EFF can grab the name while it’s going and turn it into… an actual centre for copyright information?

  6. Had this happened in the UK, the contract to run this would have would have been given to a senior conservative’s brother to harvest money, and revocation of company status wouldn’t even have become a news story.

  7. This is the corporate equivalent of neglecting to renew your domain name.  It’s poor form, but not really THAT big a deal, as you’ll eventually get the name back.

    And it happens quite often.

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