Bloggers Beware: My Second DMCA Notice

My 2nd DMCA notice, and it doesn’t get any easier receiving one. This time it’s from WordPress, and again, I was shocked and angry and upset. To my knowledge, I hadn’t done anything wrong. And I maintain it.

What is it with authors and publishers that they’re so trigger happy to send DMCA notices to bloggers? Doesn’t anyone know you can email bloggers (if an email address is available) or comment on any post on their blog and they’ll receive the comment and respond accordingly?

Here’s the post in question:

The post was written in 2-thousand-freakin’-5!

I guess they can’t take criticism, which was the reason for the DMCA notice. I bet if I’d written a glowing review, I wouldn’t have received one.

The irony is that I’ve in fact read the book and the review was glowing, but I reviewed it for another site. Maybe I’ll re-post the review here but WITHOUT the cover. (ROFL)

Here are snippets of the DMCA notice:

I do have to commend WordPress, in that they investigated the complaint and made their own judgement about it. I appreciate them fighting for my post (free speech, yay!). I’m not a lawyer, so I’m not sure if this is common practice for the author/publisher’s lawyer to just send DMCA notices to all their perceived copyright violators instead of emailing us and requesting us to take down the book cover like any normal human being would as a first step. It’s called communication, in case you were absent when this word was being taught in class.

After processing everything, which took a day or five, here’s what I’ve decided to do:

  1. I’m not taking down that post. How lucky is it that I can spot two covers featuring the same stock photo? In all my years of blogging, I was only able to do two such posts.
  2. But what I’m going to do is to remove the cover of Dear Stranger from the post. Since that’s what they wanted me to do anyway. You know, remove the cover since I apparently don’t have the permission of the copyright holder, who is Elise K Ackers.
  3. I’m not sure whose lawyer filed the complaint–it could be Escape Publishing or the author Elise K Ackers, but I’ve decided I don’t want to run afoul of them anymore in the future. I can’t afford the time to take down book covers from posts done ages ago or the shock of receiving yet another DMCA takedown notice. So what this is means is simple–I’m not going to read or review any more books by Escape Publishing or Elise K Ackers.

Such a pity, too, because I like her books. Oh well. Life throws you lemons sometimes and you just gotta learn to let them roll past.

Oh, and don’t all bad things come in three’s? I’m waiting for my 3rd DMCA notice, and there’s plenty of time before the year ends…

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