May 14, 2010

I have been served

Interesting email in the gmail inbox today...to quote...
Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to "draft" status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post - and any images, links or other content - is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. For more information on our DMCA policy, including how to file a counter-claim, please see http://www.google.com/dmca.html.

The notice that we received from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) and the record companies it represents, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at http://www.chillingeffects.org. We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Please note that it may take Chilling Effects up to several weeks to post the notice online at the link provided.

The IFPI is a trade association that represents over 1,400 major and independent record companies in the US and internationally who create, manufacture and distribute sound recordings (the "IFPI Represented Companies").


Sincerely,

The Blogger Team

Affected URLs:
http://distantearthling.blogspot.com/2010/05/dame-shirley-bassey-performance-2009.html
http://tuneldotempomusic.blogspot.com/2009/02/worlds-famous-supreme-team-hey-dj.html
http://makingchemistry.blogspot.com/2010/05/pretend-you-cant-take-what-you-found.html
http://indiehere.blogspot.com/2010/05/keljet-lcd-sound-system-remix.html
http://honkiesonholiday.blogspot.com/2009/02/mixtape-4-sweet-sweetdocs-baad-aassss.html
http://elrincondelpiojex.blogspot.com/2010/05/disturbed-sickness-2010.html
http://popmonstergpmv3.blogspot.com/2010/05/extreme-lady-gaga-leaks.html
http://ruzannarahmat.blogspot.com/2008/09/nsync-god-must-have-spent-little-more.html
http://popmonstergpmv3.blogspot.com/2010/05/california-gurls-feat-snoop-dogg-katy.html
http://elrecreodecaruso.blogspot.com/2010/05/panteradiscografia.html
http://prosofobiak.blogspot.com/2010/05/doors-doors-1967.html
http://darkneurotic.blogspot.com/2010/05/mia-born-free.html
http://rihannasboi-skinz.blogspot.com/2008/11/beyonce-world-wide-womanwww-slow-down.html
http://thisisoneclick.blogspot.com/2008/07/bunch-of-updates-again.html
http://wongiesmusicworld.blogspot.com/2007/07/remix-baby-beyonce-green-light-got-me.html
http://electriczoo.blogspot.com/2007/09/back-from-dead.html
http://thisissoscene.blogspot.com/2009/04/yo-gabba-sceeeeeene.html
http://anightoutwithdiscodave.blogspot.com/2009/04/black-blood-aie-mwana.html
http://fordoyo.blogspot.com/2009/07/flipsyde-someday.html

http://themixfactory.blogspot.com/2010/04/essential-swiss-progressive-house-mixes_24.html
http://thefreshguideline.blogspot.com/2010/05/yet-again.html
http://stdjselection.blogspot.com/2010/05/3oh3-my-first-kiss-ft-keha-and-more.html
http://energgymix.blogspot.com/2008/03/set-dj_08.html
http://prostylemusic.blogspot.com/2010/04/inna-fleeo-dj-burak-coskun-2010.html
http://shellgrowback.blogspot.com/2009/08/silly-sundays-rupert-holmes-psycho.html
http://musicsnobsanonymous.blogspot.com/2010/05/new-ratatat-party-with-children.html
http://cristhianpaiva.blogspot.com/2010/05/sandy-manuscrito-2010.html
http://rapmusicpremieres.blogspot.com/2010/05/roscoe-dash-all-way-turnt-up-feat.html

http://tuwebdedescargas.blogspot.com/2010/05/joaquin-sabina-vinagre-y-rosas-2010.html


http://ohheavenlydog.blogspot.com/2008/11/better-swing-child.html
http://j-mandujano.blogspot.com/2009/11/vico-c-babilla.html
http://garpurumputmediamp3.blogspot.com/2010/01/animal-collective-brother-sport.html
http://idtmi.blogspot.com/2006/10/check-cool-wax.html

http://hiphopalbumbase.blogspot.com/2010/04/r-kelly-untitled-2009explicitretailgrou.html
http://hiphopalbumbase.blogspot.com/2010/05/jay-z-blueprint-3-2009explicitretailgro.html
http://hiphopalbumbase.blogspot.com/2010/05/eminem-relapse-2009explicitretailgroupr.html

http://thisjustins.blogspot.com/2010/05/50-cent-before-i-self-destruct.html
http://musiconvinyl.blogspot.com/2008/12/adventure-rupert-holmes.html
http://anglophilesanonyous.blogspot.com/2008/01/rogue-wave-lake-michigan.html
http://downloadtaky.blogspot.com/2010/04/le-vibrazioni-le-strade-del-tempo.html

http://shinealighthome.blogspot.com/2010/05/drake-all-night-long-miss-me.html
http://djandrezinhosp.blogspot.com/2010/05/rupert-holmes-him.html
http://thesentimentalmusic.blogspot.com/2010/02/terminal-rupert-holmes.html
Wild, man, just wild.

Sadly, I can't point you to the offending posts (mine and all the rest) because Blogger has, indeed, thrown them back into draft status.

The basics of the post (from way back in October 2006) was that I dug the Check the Cool Wax blog.  It was - and only still sort of is - a blog in which the blogger took old 45s and LPs, spun them into digital content, and posted the results as downloadable mp3s - typically zipped for space.

He had rare work from tons of artists, many of whom I'm down with, and I pointed out a dozen or so particularly cool cuts on his blog, and I included a record cover from Music to Read James Bond By as a period-appropriate album that had been then-recently on Cool Wax.

As of now, I'm not sure what the supposed copyright infringement was - my posting of the photo might be considered an offense, and I'm fairly certain that what Brainwerk (the blogger of Cool Wax) was doing was massively copyright infringement, but my admittedly limited understanding of copyright law doesn't make me think that my linking to someone else's copyright infringement would necessarily be an offense on my part - and I'll not be able to find out exactly what the complaint was just yet because the official cease and desist order - sent, understandably to Google rather than to me - hasn't yet been posted on chillingeffects to whom Google says they send all cease and desist notices.

Copyright in the digital age is fascinating, man, fascinating, and I'm looking forward to seeing the official complaint before I go off half cocked and start screaming about the man locking up my words, muzzling the voices of the downtrodden, but I am certainly curious to see the official complaint from the complaintant.

In the meantime, feel free to check the cool wax.  The blog hasn't been udpated since at all since August 2009 and not regularly since summer 2008.  Many of the download links still work, however, so there's still a bunch of good stuff to be had.

Admittedly, I feel kinda like the boys here...



Edit - I got a second email about three hours after the first one.  Similar but not quite identical content...
Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to "draft" status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post - and any images, links or other content - is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. For more information on our DMCA policy, including how to file a counter-claim, please see http://www.google.com/dmca.html.

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at http://www.chillingeffects.org. We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at http://www.chillingeffects.org/search.cgi, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content/link in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.

Sincerely,

The Blogger Team

Affected URLs:

4 comments:

achilles3 said...

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! That's awesome!

PHSChemGuy said...

Isn't it, though?

At first, I was kinda scared. By now, though, I just reposted the original, offending post (without the illegal links, admittedly).

I'm considering it a big of a badge of honor.

coldnorthgamer said...

You are such the anarchist!

PHSChemGuy said...

Gamer - aren't I?

Admittedly, I did post direct links to some of my favorite links. I wonder if I'd've been okay if I'd just linked to the Cool Wax blog itself and not to the direct downloads.