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Re: (TFT) Copyright and the USA's Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

A couple of off-topic anecdotes regarding DMCA and C&Ds:

When Google's image search came online, I entered some of the photos I had
put on a web site in 1997. Many if not all had been shamelessly plagiarized
(in a way it's flattering, as I don't consider myself a professional
photographer, but was curious to see how well Google's algorithm worked).
The worst case was a home page for a psychiatric clinic in Arizona that
used one of my Arizona sunset pics on the front page with absolutely no
credit given to me. All the sites (except for the hotels and travel
agencies in India) took down the images after I sent complaints, either via
DMCA copyright complaints (with Blogger) or by sending something like a C&D
letter by email or fax. In no cases did I have energy to pursue for damages
or send a postal letter. It was more of a social experiment than anything
else. On the bright side, in the past I have been contacted by authors of
web pages to ask for permission to use my photos, and I always gave it if
they were using it for non-commercial purposes.

I once found a stash of pirated IT books from the last 4-5 years in an
open-source software repository. When I wrote to the webmaster responsible
for the repository, stating that it was likely a violation of copyright
that was clearly against the acceptable use policy, I got a response from
him saying I should fill out a DMCA complaint if I was the copyright
holder. Path of least resistance! Some copyright owners fight harder than
others. Try to find any SNL material on youtube. It's all gone because
those lawyers are very efficient.

For details about one of my copied photos, see

On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 6:11 PM, Rick Smith <rick_ww@lightspeed.ca> wrote:

> Hi all, Jim.
> The USA's DMCA is an abomination.  Fortunately most of the world is not
> so enthralled with big business.
> Rick.
> On 2014-07-29, at 3:06 PM, Jim Kundert wrote:
> > DMCA Takedown Notices are a bit more than just a C&D...
> >
> >
> > On Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 2:54 PM, Mike Riley <rileym65@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> >> Yep, a cease and desist letter is likely the only thing that would
> happen.
> >> The game itself is not commercially viable since it is not even being
> sold,
> >> nor has been in quite a few years.  In every case that I have heard of
> >> where a copyright owner requested the take down of abandonware from some
> >> site, it was just a C&D and no other charges were filed.  The only case
> I
> >> know of that this was not the case was because whoever was making it
> >> available did not take it down when asked to do so.
> >>    Mike
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