ZX Vega+ News

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Vega+ Shipping Dates

  • End of September 2016
  • October 2016
  • In time for Xmas 2016
  • February 2017
  • A "few weeks" from March 10th 2017
  • Summer 2017
  • 8 weeks from August 9th (October 4th, 2017)
  • Mid October 2017
  • April 2018
  • May 8th - 12th 2018
  • May 12th 2018
  • May 31st 2018 (Indiegogo deadline)
  • June 15th 2018
  • July 6th 2018

World of Spectrum

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Google Takedowns

Fake google takedowns with Jan Saggiori the hackerThroughout the Vega+ fiasco, Retro Computers Limited have attempted to remove negative articles about themselves from the internet by threatening authors, hosting companies, contacting employers, or in some cases sending fake takedown notices to Google and claiming defamation. RCL have also been using a policeman with the surname Levy to have content removed.

Google forwards copies of takedown notices to the Lumen Database when it takes down content. Lumen Database is what was formerly known as "Chilling Effects" - a site used to catalog DMCA and other kinds of takedowns.

When a search result includes takedown notices, a small footer is added to the search results informing the user that content has been removed.

 

Will the ZX Spectrum Vega+ ever materialise?

Holly Brockwell's original article Will the ZX Spectrum Vega+ ever materialise was published in March 2017, and was removed within 24 hours. A backup of the article was posted on the site codetapper.com and RCL contractor Lee Fogarty sent a fake complaint to the hosting company to remove it. RCL also sent a defamation notice to Google to remove the article from Google searches.

Takedown noticeGizmodo article: Will the ZX Spectrum Vega+ ever materialise?

This is a part of ongoing fraud investigations and the article was published to derail the courts - as well as credible threats of violence being investigated by CID

— Google takedown notice

Defamation claim Gizmodo article

 

Real Crooks Blog for Ms Suzanne Martin

The Real Crooks blog featured an article called Ms Suzanne Martin that included history of her criminal activity including her conviction for drug trafficking. RCL also sent a defamation notice to Google to remove the article.

Takedown noticeReal Crooks blog article: Ms Suzanne Martin

"The false accusations / India rape case – the official files for this are easy to find using Google as they are on various official government and legal web sites – using key words such as – Suzanne Louise Martin, Rana Singh, Pardeshi guest house, Firoz Khan. Final link to the victim being freed and his conviction quashed after seven years of hard labour on a false accusation by Martin is here - https://indiankanoon.org/doc/98509106/?type=print

It should be noted a full exposé of Suzanne Louise Martin was planned and about to happen by the Daily Mail newspaper some years ago, but when asked for her final comment / right to reply, she told the journalist she would commit suicide if they printed the article to avoid this becoming public, a tactic she uses often."

The above extract is from the link .  The sexual Offences act provides life long anonymity to victims of sex ...

— Google takedown notice

Defamation claim Real Crooks Blog for Ms Suzanne Martin

A search for specific terms shows the removal message:

Google search for Suzanne Martin

 

Twitter #zxvega hashtag

Laughably, RCL even attempted to remove the #zxvega hashtag from Google search results!

Takedown noticeTwitter #zxvega hashtag

My friend is Suzanne Martin and she has been targeted by a group of trolls the last 14 months who are trying to ruin both her business and her reputation. Images have been shared online from fake accounts - including the one above which is photoshopped and pornographic

— Google takedown notice

Defamation claim ZXVega hashtag

 

Twitter takedowns

In addition to Google takedown complains, Suzanne Martin has reported any tweets that include a photo of herself, using "reporting exposed private information" or "impersonation" complaints. RCL have also been responsible for having various twitter accounts banned.

 

Further reading

Some interesting reading about how various people and companies are abusing the process of legitimate takedowns is available in the following articles:

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

The drama continues as season 2 begins with the dramatic installation of two new directors. Rumours persist that the drama may be renewed for season 3.
(09/11/2018)

More terrible press for the much maligned console and to make matters worse, Sky have now insisted that the company no longer use the Sinclair name and its related trademarks.
(02/08/2018)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

  • All refunds processed:
  • Roll of honour email:
  • Address confirmation:
  • Battery specification:
  • PEGI certification:
  • Final specs released:
  • Games list released:
  • Finished box design:
  • Manual released:
  • Working website:
  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: ~100-200