True & Honest Fan
- Jul 10, 2017
It wouldn't have been April Fools Day without an April Fool.
I remain astonished YouTube has not closed any and all accounts Alex uses for these DMCA filings for Fraudulent Filings. They have the Judgement now. There is no reason to let this idiot use the automated system. Make him get a lawyer and put any claims on paper via snail mail.
Pretty sure that they legally can't do that, because while Mauer was/is heavily abusing the DMCA system, they can't remove his privileges because maybe later he has a real DMCA claim that he needs to make, it's optimistic yes, but it's possible enough for them not to risk it.I remain astonished YouTube has not closed any and all accounts Alex uses for these DMCA filings for Fraudulent Filings. They have the Judgement now. There is no reason to let this idiot use the automated system. Make him get a lawyer and put any claims on paper via snail mail.
I thought the same thing but then I remembered how weird the DMCA is. Any time you specifically deviate from the system that you have created you are kinda putting yourself out there. Alex's filing were not determined to be "fraudulent" per se, in the settlement. And he could theoretically make other claims (especially not involving Star Mazer) with the same account that are correct. Better to just let him dig his own hole with the court rather than make your own legal department start making decisions.
It should be obvious that the claims are bullshit, but YT is still not going to act on that because they have little reason to do so. They don't care of some rando's video gets taken down for a couple weeks.
Pretty sure that they legally can't do that, because while Mauer was/is heavily abusing the DMCA system, they can't remove his privileges because maybe later he has a real DMCA claim that he needs to make, it's optimistic yes, but it's possible enough for them not to risk it.
Sure they can. They don’t have to grant him an account and automated dmca mechanism. After repeated bad behavior, of which he has clearly had plenty, they can deny him an account and force him to submit any DMCA requests through properly drafted certified mailings, they have no obligation to offer him an automated mechanism for harassing others.
But why would they? They have an automated system to save themselves trouble instead of setting up a process to decide "well, we don't like how person X is using our system, let's deny them but not person Y and we'll just review the X ones manually." Probably would cost them more money.
Anyways, I think you get the idea. So here’s the outcome of it all. Mauer ‘s DMCA claim against our Youtube channel resulted in the following: 1. Our “Starr Mazerr” trailer got pulled from Youtube (we got the trailer from the game’s publisher many years ago, and we had their approval to upload the trailer on our Youtube page), and 2. Our Youtube channel has been hit with a Youtube class 1 copyright warning for three months (that means that our Youtube page will be closed down if we get two more warnings within the coming months).
I would also like to point out that I didn’t find out about what had happened to us until fans of SidAlpha started to drop a lot of comments on our videos on Youtube. So once I started to look into the matter, I soon realized that this rabbit hole goes wayyyy deeper than I thought.
Wait, so Alex is DMCA'ing the same company she lost a goddamn lawsuit against? Jesus christ this troon is braindead.Actually, Sid covering this, indirectly, caused something entirely new to come to light. On TheGG.net, Robin Ek recently put up a post explaining that it wasn't just Imagos Alex went after here. Indeed, Alex has dropped DMCAs on a multitude of others, including River City Ransom: Underground (AGAIN), Valve, and even TheGG.net, who chose to cover Starr Mazer:
Short version: Alex Mauer has learned nothing, and is picking up exactly where he left off before this shit-show began.
It's so weird: earlier today I was just thinking about where this guy went and if the Farms had a thread on him. So this post was a pleasant surprise.So I thought it might be worth a stroll down memory lane to cover Alex and what's happened with the loon the last few years. I felt it an especially good thing to cover because it looked like he was getting ready to jump dick-deep back into the crazy, in a way that might be carrying actual criminal prosecution if he didn't stop bugging Imagos' lawyer and the Judge, only for everything to just.... Stop.
Before we can really begin, however, we need to establish a few things about our boy Alex, so we can get into his headspace and also his MO.
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The underpinning reason behind Alex's behavior, as evidenced by the image above from his now-deleted Twitter account, is that he has a pathological need for attention and affirmation. People doing stupid shit for attention on the internet is a very common behavior, but a markedly less common one is being so obsessed with it that someone will happily cross any line in order to get it - and this is exactly what Mauer does. He's cut from the same cloth as the morons who decide to go full E-Suicide and nuke their entire online public presence for a single dopamine hit (see also: Geordie Tait). He has a very long history of major psychological issues, having been in and out of involuntary psychiatric treatment dozens of times. Many of these incidents, cross the line into genuinely disturbing many times, such as when he tore a women's shelter apart because of a rape he claims to have suffered at the hands of his father, that happened decades beforehand and that he has no way of proving happened, and that for the most part, his entire family has claimed he's making up. This didn't stop him, however, from getting into multiple violent altercations with the law.
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Alex is also the same asshole who went to a local 7-11 and demanded to use the Ladies' Room, and when the clerk looked at him with a completely dumbfounded face, not knowing how to respond to this shit, he proceeded to use their ice machine to throw all the ice onto the floor. He then proceeded to come back and do this three more times the same day, at which point the cops were called.
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So with this, you can see a pattern of behavior starting to emerge: Alex Mauer is legitimately psychologically unwell, is absolutely obsessed with getting attention, and is so self-absorbed that he does not care about the consequences of his actions, or indeed, much about anyone except for himself. He is smart enough to know that if he causes too much trouble it won't go well for him, but when you already have his dumb ass demonstrating multiple violent altercations with police, that doesn't matter all that much. He's mostly been protected from getting a proper dicking from the state by the fact that he's managed to keep his sperg-outs just enough on the side of relatively harmless.
Thus armed with the foreknowledge of the kind of person Alex Mauer is, we're now properly ready to get into the aftermath of April 2018.
So it's after the Imagos lawsuit. Alex got comprehensively owned legally. What's amazing is that, for the most part, Alex got off impossibly light. Imagos could have easily bent him over the proverbial table, and chose not to just because they wanted to get him out of their hair and their game back on the market. Conatus Creative was also interested in giving Alex a round two, but Leonard French got involved there, and Conatus agreed to just say "fuck it, leave us alone and we're good." The thing is, while Imagos and Conatus were both 120% done with ya boi Mauer, he wasn't exactly known for following good advice or logic. In an effort to completely undermine his main offensive tactic, Imagos and Conatus both decided to completely remove any and all content Mauer created for their games from both Starr Mazer and River City Ransom: Underground, completely removing any legitimate ground Mauer may have had to further abuse the DMCA against them as a form of insurance. At this point, Alex had basically turned himself into a mini-Tim Langdell. Unfortunately, this also left Alex with no ability to actually do anything about either Imagos or Conatus, and since he still felt slighted about the whole thing, he decided to harass both Leonard French and the judge presiding over the case. He was promptly told to knock it off or they'd escalate to criminal charges.
Mauer blustered and Autistically screeched for a bit, then then eventually dropped it in favor of going after a new target: The Youtubers that originally covered him, which Alex decided to lead off by sending them both DMCAs and death threats. Initially, it seemed like this was a good route for Alex to go: he'd get the attention he sought by stirring up the proverbial hive, get virtually guaranteed criticism, and he'd be able to jerk off to the negative attention, as he had always done.
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Unfortunately for Mauer, Leonard French had already struck and contacted many of the Youtubers that had covered Mauer, explaining how to handle him - namely, to not give him any of the attention he so richly desired - and after the initial "this is the thing that is happening," Mauer found his attempts repeatedly failing to accomplish much of anything.
With his main targets now fully beyond his reach, Mauer found himself needing that dopamine hit, so he moved on to the next possible target: Let's Players who played the earlier versions of Starr Mazer and River City Ransom: Underground. This didn't get him the attention he sought either, since they mostly just either pulled the videos or waited for his DMCA to expire and called his bluff. Yet another avenue for his attention-seeking gone.
Alex at this point was desperate. The only target left for his antics? Groups like ED and the Farms, and good god did he try to bait hard. None of it was really entertaining or even notable, mostly centering around zero-effort baitposts on Twitter (like the above) and repeatedly deleting his Twitter accounts only to pop right back up and start sperging again. A few IRL acquaintances of Alex contacted us, basically explaining what everyone already knew by now (that he was psychologically unwell and an attention whore who constantly undermined his own relationships, like some weird Chloe Sagal/ADF crossbreed), but since the new information was mostly just new examinations of shit he had already done and context for some outbursts, this wasn't really worth covering, even by the standards of those for whom no shit is too minor. Even if your whole oeuvre is Troon Drama, around this time, we had such glorious fuck-ups as the formation of Sisterwood and ADF chopping his own dick off to spite the Farms, which compared to, Alex was but a gnat before.
One of the stranger corollaries to this is that Mauer had absolutely zero support from the usual suspects, who, under normal circumstances, would have happily defended a fellow troon. One would assume, given Alex's MO and general reason for his actions, that he would happily be able to farm asspats and get plenty of affirmation from the Rat King. Ironically enough, they very wisely decided to stay the fuck away from Mauer, in no small part because the dude was clearly an unstable nutcase, and, as was the case of Chloe Sagal before him, there's a certain level of crazy that not even the Rat King is prepared to deal with. Amusingly enough, Alex demonstrated that he had this and more in triumphant fashion, burning basically every bridge extended his way. Pretty much anyone who covered him, even with glowing praise, got DMCA'd later by Alex when he wasn't getting enough attention, as happened to Jim Sterling.
Starved of the attention he so craved, and eclipsed by other major fuck-ups, Alex quietly went dark and has not posted on any of his Social Media accounts in several years. If his family is lucky, it's the last any of us have seen from the guy. If he does ever return, however, we'll be here waiting.
It's all for that attention hit.It's so weird: earlier today I was just thinking about where this guy went and if the Farms had a thread on him. So this post was a pleasant surprise.
I don't think I'll ever understand why his immediate thought after being denied an answer to his bathroom query was to go to the soda machine and spit out all the ice cubes. That just seems so stupidly pointless.
You see, bumping years old topics and spouting bullshit about them is one of the (many) reasons you ate a banhammer today, son.You know, having done some research on the whole Starr Mazer thing. I think Mauer got pissy that his music was being used in some scumbag's attempt to make vaporware and break into the gaming industry.
Because the same spokesperson who announced Starr mazer has long since departed Imagos and now works at Devolver Digital.
He was actually in one of their E3 Skits when they went "behind the scenes" and Starr mazer DSP was the only thing to come out of the franchise. Starr mazer has disappeared into vaporware even after it got out of the legal hell Mauer created.