And Finally

Atari Teenage Riot donate Sony advert fee to Anonymous

By | Published on Wednesday 7 March 2012

Atari Teenage Riot

Atari Teenage Riot track ‘Black Flags’ recently turned up in an advert for Sony’s PSVita handheld games console. The move confused and angered many fans when it appeared online last month, due to the band’s long held anti-establishment stance. However, says frontman Alec Empire, the group haven’t bowed down the The Man just yet.

Writing on the band’s Tumblr blog, Empire explained that back in 1999 Sony used one of the band’s tracks in an advert without permission, saying: “Even though the thing got settled in court, kind of, I never felt they paid what they owed”.

So the new sync deal, it seems, was basically an act of revenge. Empire goes on to reveal that he had been waiting “until it became unstoppable” to reveal that the royalties earned from the ad sync had been donated to the Anonymous Solidarity Network, an organisation which offers support to people who are facing prosecution for allegedly being members of online activist group Anonymous.

Members of Anonymous, of course, were behind the initial attack on Sony’s servers last year, which in turn led to custmer details being stolen from accounts on its both its PlayStation Network and streaming content platform the Sony Entertainment Network (then still called Qriocity).

Read Empire’s blog post here, and watch the advert featuring ‘Black Flags’ here: