Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Astatalk Does So Host Copyrighted Material

In fact, Astatalk is hosting a copyrighted image taken without my permission from my website.


That is my cover.
I paid for the photograph.
I paid for the creation of the chess piece and the photoshopping and the font.

The purple drop shadow effect is from my website background.

Now, I could try to file a report. Astatalk, to its credit, does offer a form:

Copyright infringement

To file a copyright infringement notification with us, you will need to send a written communication to us with all of the following information in it:
  • your statement telling us that you have found data on our site which you believe infringes your copyrights, or any other right;
  • detailed information about your (copy)right;
  • the title of the content concerned and the full URL for its page;
  • a detailed explanation about how the content infringes your (copy)right;
  • your contact information, so that we can get in touch with you (email address is preferred)
We reserve the right to ignore your complaint, if you provide us with insufficient information.

However, I'm not at all convinced that I want to provide all my information to  Astatalk.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

YAHOO and the copyright Catch 22

Beleaguered authors have a right to expect some protection under the law, but this is difficult when the largest OSPs appear to have no interest in proactively enforcing their own Terms Of Service.

While persons have a right to privacy while going about their honest business, should lawbreakers have more rights than their victims?

If a thief posts a public message all but announcing that they are breaking the law, ought their host read the message (if it is brought to the host's attention) and review the activity?

How are authors to be expected to "evaluate the use" and file a DMCA notice, when Yahoo permits Yahoogroups to refuse memberships to authors, and to conceal which copyrighted works are being shared?

-----Original Message-----
From: Yahoo! Copyright
To: Rowena Cherry
Sent: Wed, Oct 20, 2010 11:29 am
Subject: Re: Other Abuse (Not Listed) (KMM103456573V88543L0KM)

Yahoo! asks that anyone who detects what appears to be a copyright 
violation on the Yahoo! network to report the violation to those persons
who can claim rights in the work rather than to Yahoo!. In this way, the
rightful persons can evaluate the use and determine whether to assert a 
claim against the poster of the content and alert Yahoo! of the 

We encourage you to review the Yahoo! Copyright/IP Policy at:



Copyright/IP Agent, Yahoo! Inc. 
c/o Yahoo! Inc.
701 First Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Original Message Follows:

>>REDFRMADV Case ID: 76709265 Groups Abuse General Notes: 

>>REDFRMADV Case ID: 76699654 Abuse Reports Notes: 


1.  What is your name and Yahoo! ID?

      Yahoo! ID: XXXXXX
2.  What is your email address?
      Email Address: XXXXXXX

3.  Who are you reporting?
      Yahoo! ID: xxxxxxxx

4.  What are you writing about?
      Subject: Other Abuse (Not Listed)

5.  Enter additional information here:
      This group sounds like it is set up to infringe copyright.
Authors cannot join, so cannot accumulate the necessary information to 
send a DMCA 
Come on in to find our what surprises we have for you! Shhhh, it's a

You can only join by invitation from one of the members or the owner.

NO going no mail or special notices.

You MUST share to stay in this group, there are NO exceptions.

Saturdays are free, you can share anything.

If you have a problem with what is shared then come to the owner, 
don't bring it to the group.

This is a No drama and No spam zone!!

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Disclaimer *~*~*~*~*~*~*~*
If you are a member of, or associated with the Artist Protection League 
or any other vigilante copyright group, you must leave this group NOW. 
Also, if you are here to police our sends for copyright purposes, you 
also must leave NOW. If you remain, you are violating our LEGAL rights 
by harassing us. You are also using ENTRAPMENT to gain ILLEGAL 
information about the group or any member thereof. YOU CAN BE SUED FOR 
THESE ACTIONS. This is a private email and is covered by TITLE 18, PART 
I, CHAPTER 47, Sec. 1030 and Internet Privacy Law.

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