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DMCA Filed Against Me For Reblogging

Today I received a DMCA complaint for reblogging a wordpress bloggers blog post. WORSTPRESS sent me the following complaint……

Aline F. (Automattic)

Jun 10, 18:21 UTC

Hi there,

We’ve received the DMCA takedown notice below regarding material published on your WordPress.com site, which means the complainant is asserting ownership of this material and claiming that your use of it is not permitted by them or the law. As required by the DMCA, we have disabled public access to the material.

Repeated incidents of copyright infringement will also lead to the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site. We certainly don’t want that to happen, so please delete any other material you may have uploaded for which you don’t have the necessary rights and refrain from uploading additional material that you do not have permission to upload. Although we can’t provide legal advice, the following link provides resources that might help you make this determination:

https://en.support.wordpress.com/counter-notice/#what-is-fair-use

If you believe that this DMCA takedown notice was received in error, or if you believe your usage of this material would be considered fair use, it’s important that you submit a formal DMCA counter notice to ensure that your WordPress.com site remains operational. If you submit a valid counter notice, we will return the material to your site in 10 business days if the complainant does not reply with legal action.

Please refer to the following pages for more information:

Countering a DMCA Notice
Digital Millenium Copyright Act – Counter Notice

Please note that republishing the material yourself, without permission from the copyright holder (even after you have submitted a counter notice) will result in the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site and/or account.

Thank you.

— BEGIN NOTICE —
First name: David
Last name: Kent
Company name:
Address: Quince Cottage
City: Maidford
State/Region/Province: Northampton
ZIP: NN12 8HU
Country: United Kingdom (GB)
Phone number: 07785 723906
Email address: nextthing@hotmail.co.uk

Copyright holder: David Kent writing as Romantic Dominant

Location of unauthorized material:
https://themilitantnegro.com/2018/06/07/maybe-somewhere/

Location of original materials:
https://afadedromantic.wordpress.com/2018/06/05/maybe-somewhere/

Description of original materials:
A short poem and photograph entitled Maybe Somewhere

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.
I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.
I acknowledge that a copy of this infringement notice and any correspondence related to it, including any contact information I provided above (address, telephone number, and email address), will be forwarded to the user who uploaded the content at issue.

Digital signature: David Kent
Signed on: 2018-06-07 12:49:44
— END NOTICE —

Aline F. – Community Guardian

WordPress.com

WORSTPRESS allows reblogging of it’s bloggers post. Now if a blogger wishes to not have his/her blog content reblogged, all that genius has to do is check the box in settings that DISABLES the reblog feature.

My response to WORSTPRESS IS AS FOLLOWS…….

The Militant Negro Network <jueseppibaker@gmail.com>

2:28 PM (49 minutes ago)

to Support
Every post of this blog in question is a reblog which wordpress permits me to do do, reblog that is, now as I said, if this blogger does not want his work reblogged, he has the option to disable his reblog option but until he does that, I will be reblogging his content. AS IS MY WORDPRESS RIGHT.
As per my legal counsel, I have every right to reblog, and as I stated above, if a blogger does not appreciate his/her content being reblogged….
DISABLE THE REBLOG OPTION/FEATURE FOUND IN EVERY BLOGGERS SETTINGS.
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  1. I’m terribly sorry this happened to someone simply trying to help others get their work out there in a very competitive market. The work you do for free most bloggers charge up to 25.00-75.00 dollars per post or more!

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    • Hello Madam. I’m not surprised by this, just not sure what WORSTPRESS intends when they accept a DMCA for a blogger, me, using the tools they provide us bloggers to use when blogging. Reblogging and the reblog button is a feature provided by WORSTPRESS, so how is it that people working for WORSTPRESS can deem using the reblog button provided by WORSTPRESS, as a violation of WORSTPRESS TOS. This is an issue I will fight until WORSTPRESS removes my blog. I will just continue my battle as a self hosted blogger, if and when WORSTPRESS takes my blog down.

      I am amazed that bloggers can find the nerve to charge for anything connected to blogging. I’ve come across blogs/bloggers who charge or ask for donations to run their blogs. If blogging is an expense you can’t shoulder, get a fuckin job. So me charging for bloggin is something that goes against my very soul. To my uneducated mind, blogging is like owning an expensive boat or horses or anything excessive, you can’t afford to own it, ride it, drive it, then get rid of it and live within your means. Asking for donations, or charging bloggers for your blogs actions, is asinine…..as asinine as me asking for donations for my upkeep of my two boats or my cigar habit.

      How have you been lately? I’ve enjoyed your post.

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      • I’m well today. Thanks for inquiring. I hope you’re well and I hope you and WordPress can work some thing out. I really do. Yes, I know it’s very aggravating when someone accuse you of meaning harm when that was the further thing from your mind. Posts I don’t want the public to see I simply press the button at the top and my readers never seen them. All people have to do is make their private posts private. There’s button which ask you with each post if you want to make it private or public?

        I understand the aggravation. Last year, a company from another country wrote my publisher that one of my books were their idea. Even filed a complaint with Google to have all aspects of the book removed from Google’s search engines. But I won because unless they are over 14 trillion years old then the idea shouldn’t have possible been theirs. Plus they hadn’t never even read the book. They were merely going by the title. They couldn’t tell anyone what the story was about other than about trolls. LOL!

        But by no means is your mind uneducated. 🙂 You know, there was once a ‘thing’ where I used to live about ten years ago, buying expensive things like big SUV’s, big grilled pick up trucks, yachts, Volvos, Mercedes and etc., and then staging accidents or set them afire or destroying them by other means simply because for whatever reasons they deemed reasonable. Mainly, the items were bought to impress whomever.

        But you know, I think some just likes the attention or just like to destroy things. I think some people and my character Nikola Machiavelli would make good buddies. LOL! They like to destroy, harm and find fault.

        I hope you know many people enjoyed your posts. Just keep doing the good-will you do and don’t let them aggravate you. You’re somewhat of a nexus of blogging and many bloggers wouldn’t know of each other if not for your posts.

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      • I’m JB and if you told me your name, I have not been able to remember what you told me so at this point, please tell me what I can/should call you, besides brilliant? JB is short for Stefano Nicola Jueseppi Giovanni Castrogiovanni. Yes. It’s a mouthful, hence the JB nic. Thank you for your words of support. I never give up nor quit so I have had a plan in place since 2012 for self hosting my blog in case WORSTPRESS got on my bad side. I would hate to leave this WordPress community because in the 7 years I’ve been blogging here I have only made 4 enemies and thats not a bad average. I respect, like and admire the bloggers and the work they do, except for those 4, who decided it was smart to make an enemy of me….

        Thank you again for your support…… Ms. Unholy Pursuit.

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  2. [ Smiles ] Hmm. I was never into reblogging other people’s work when I was on WordPress.

    You are right. If a person doesn’t want their work reblogged, they could disabled the reblog button.

    Also, some bloggers do state that no one is allowed to circulate their work without their permission; which is stated via one of their pages.

    For the record, what you experienced is not exclusive to WordPress. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act, applies to all websites and blogging platforms. For example, if I did something similar over at Blogger, I would suffer the same fate.

    Now, do not let something like that spoil your day. Brush it off of your shoulders and continue to posting great content!

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    • WordPress enables every blog on it’s hosting platform the option to “like” and “reblog” all post via a Like and reblog button. Now if reblogging, regardless whether a blogger likes or permits reblogging or not, is allowed by wordpress, why take a complaint filed against a blogger using the supplied reblog option?

      I’ll wait for your explanation on this question.

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  3. Hopefully, they will see and understand that it was a reblog. Which, by the way, your post caused me to wonder why I’ve not received any reblogs lately. I just checked and although I have the reblog button activated under “sharing”, it’s not appearing on my blog posts. I will contact WP about it.

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      • I contacted Word Press about the disappearance of the reblog button on my blog. They’ve gotten back to me and it now appears. However, they did remind me that reblog buttons do not appear on home pages. One has to click the actual blog post in order to see and use the reblog button.

        Thinking back to the DMCA situation, I wonder if that blogger simply saw the title of your blog and decided he doesn’t want you reblogging his posts?

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      • I have no clue but he has a blog on the subject of BDSM/Sub?Dom relationships so negro or militant should in no way bother his mind. Besides, he don’t want me reblogging, ask me not to reblog or disable the blog option.

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      • Some folks take offense with things and don’t want to be associated with those things. I remember having a guess writer who was very concerned if her posts might be reblogged because she did not want, according to her, to be associated with “militancy”. I never thought about what she might have meant until just now.

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