Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A Note to Readers

Hello.  I don't step out from this side of the curtain too often, but I wanted to make regular readers of this blog aware of a slight change in format going forward.  Yesterday I received a notice from Google regarding possible copyright infringement for something I had posted several weeks ago (see below).  After reading the notice, examining the post and spending time on the chillingeffects.org web site I have to assume the issue involves reproduction of an original article in its entirety without first obtaining approval from the originating source (although this is never explicitly stated).

I have posted articles like this before (not being clear on the finer details of copyright law), hoping to enhance continuity and readibility, and to help readers avoid having to contend with different formats, typefaces and sometimes even inoperative urls.  Sources are always credited with a link at the end of each post so that interested readers can see an article in its original context - along with other stories, charts, tables, pictures, etc. that might not have been included due to my limited formating abilities.

However, in terms of copyright liability those efforts appear to be insufficient.  So, from now on only a portion of an article will be displayed, along with a link to the "heart" of the article as it appears at it's original source. Hopefully this will keep everything safe and above board and not be too much of an inconvenience.

If anyone is interested, I encourage you to visit the chillingeffects.org website and examine the copyright FAQ in detail.  And, if there are any copyright lawyers in the Duck Soup community that can shed further light on this matter, please feel free to contact me.  Even with the format change, I hope you will continue to stop by and enjoy this blog.  Your visits mean a lot to me (and, I hope, the sources that contribute so much to our understanding of the world we live in).  Thank you.


July 25, 2011

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

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.


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