On Monday I receive this from Six Apart, the company behind Typepad (which is the service I use for my blog):
Dear Mr. Jaffe,
We have recently received a valid request under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (see Wikipedia: DMCA for more information and resources) from the copyright holder of certain material that you have posted to your weblog at http://www.jaffejuice.com. The copyright holder has said that you do not have permission to use this material.
Specifically, your post at http://www.jaffejuice.com/2007/03/why_sanjay_mala.html reproduces the image from http://www.theonlinewire.com/images/vftw.jpg
Please edit the post to remove the image from display.
Interesting. The image in question is this one (which I just captured again...from www.votefortheworst.com):
So I e-mail VFTW and get this response: We never said that, and Online Wire doesn't own our logo, so tell them to shove it up their asses and you can post it :) They don't own that image, so I have no idea how they could get you to take it down.
So who exactly is OnlineWire? I check out http://www.theonlinewire.com/ and get "the gambling guide to everything you can bet on and where to bet online"
Forget VFTW (go Sanjaya!) and try WTF for a change. Was this some cheap kind of link baiting exercise (which regrettably just worked)?
Personally, I'm very disappointed with Six Apart for their form e-mail including these laborious instructions:
Please remove this material within 2 business days (I did and replaced it with a certified one from VFTW) and write back to inform us of your compliance. We will follow up on April 4, 2007, if we do not hear further from you to remove the content in dispute.
If you have a good faith belief that you are being asked to remove or disable this material as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material, you may ask that the material be restored by sending Six Apart a counter notification. Section 512(g) of the Copyright Act requires that your counter notification must be in writing and must include substantially all of the following
Come on guys, do some better due dilligence before you send your customers ominous C+D letters!