A story from one of our bloggers, of how a local City Council targetted his criticisms of the way they treat homeless people through an abuse of copyright law – and how we pushed back.
In a post entitled “Hall of Shame: Something Stinks in Abbotsford“, Automattic, the San Francisco company which owns WordPress.com, the online content management system which hosts my blog, is highlighting a DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) take-down notice filed in January against one of my posts, as yet another example of the misuse of a DMCA notice to muzzle legitimate free speech.
I learned about the DMCA notice targeting content on my blog on January 12 in an email message from a WordPress.cоm Community Guardian named Jasper:
“We have received a DMCA notice…for material published on your WordPress.cоm site. Normally this would mean that we’d have to disable access to the material. However, because we believe that this instance falls under fair use protections, we will not be removing it at this time.”
The DMCA notice was submitted by one Haley Hodgson, who listed her…
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