Thursday, March 08, 2012

My first Blog Take Down Notification

I have had a number of people take exception to what I write in my blog but I have never had a formal notification from my blogging service that it has taken down one of my blog posts.

I 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.

The e-mail goes on to tell me that I can check why somebody has taken exception to my blog. Again I quote:
You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed.
Of course the site didn’t work and didn’t identify why Blogger had removed the posting.

In the great scheme of things it means very little, it was a harmless posting and the reason for it getting attention was, I think, was because I had taken an image of a cartoon. As shown in this blog.

We will see – if I am asked to remove this posting then I know that this was the reason. Just in case the “authorities” are checking  - I did try and identify the reason for the e-mail but was unsuccessful.

It seems to me a great waste of time and energy. When it takes the social network suppliers an age to respond to real cases where blogs and social network comments are causing hardship – even threatening violence – this illustrates they can move quickly when they want to. Dick Stroud

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