Archive for July 23rd, 2010

Thanks, The Planet. I Love You Too.

Last week, an alert reader notified me that an ad-laden spamblog had reproduced several posts from this site in full. This wasn’t the first time this has happened, and I don’t always bother to do anything about it, but this was a particularly egregious example. So, I contacted my webhost, and asked if they’d be willing to file a DMCA complaint on my behalf, since I haven’t the foggiest clue how to go about doing so, and had better things to do than figure it out.

Sure, they said. Bring it on.

So I gave them the info, and written authorization to act on my behalf in the matter. On the 17th, they sent off a nice legal-looking DMCA notice to The Planet, the datacenter where the spamblog is hosted. They sent me a copy of the notice as well, as a courtesy.

Just now I check my email, and learn that today – six days later – The Planet have responded:

To Whom It May Concern:

Please note that below-referenced copyright infringement notice does not
substantially comply with the required notification elements of the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (“DMCA”).

Please note that we have not passed on the substantive merits of your claim.

Gee, guys. Thanks for filling me with awe and respect at the incredibly speedy way you respond to these sorts of things. It’s almostas if you actually give a rat’s ass, or something. Almost.

Things like this are why I rarely bother with DMCA takedown notices in the first place; getting to wait a week just to be told to go pound sand is not a productive use of my time.

Time for plan B, I think. The spamblog hotlinked to some images of mine as well, so I think I’ll rename the legitimate versions and leave the spammer linking to something reasonably horrific. Hmmn, I wonder what awful horrors the internet can provide me with…

Published in: 'D' for 'Dumb', Geekiness, General | on July 23rd, 2010 | 2 Comments »