Friday, February 5, 2010

Animal-Kin Folk to be Sued by PetConnection?

I cross-posted a blurb from "PetConnection" about the AKC seeking to block Michael Vick from getting a "Courage" award,...(giving full credit to author and listing site of original post),...and someone reported me for copyright infringement (see message received below)…I will be very disappointed and am hoping it wasent PetConnection who reported me as I believe the idea in animal welfare and rescue is to GET THE WORD out, so cross-post may fall within the fair use act and I just might challange the challange; Please advise if it was NOT PetConnection who would stoop so low as to complain about a fellow animal-folk cross-posting a blurb FOR THE CAUSE


“…We have received a DMCA complaint for your blog, Animal-Kin-Folk-News. An e-mail with the details of the complaint was sent to you on Feb 4, 2010 , and we reset the post status to “Draft”; you can edit it here. You may republish the post with the offending content and/or link(s) removed. If you believe you have the rights to post this content, you can file a counter-claim with us. For more on our DMCA policy, please click here. Thank you for your prompt attention….”

Comment by Chris Jubic — February 5, 2010 @ 4:45 am

Readers you can find the original article by clicking onto the title above;


  1. It wasn't us. I never even heard of your blog until you contacted us. Believe me, if we looked for people who routinely lift our work we'd never get any work done.

    However, "cross-posting" is in fact against the law -- it's the stealing of another's work. There's no "for the cause" here, so don't hide behind that: "Fair use" guidelines allow you to spread the word legally.

    The solution is simple: Review the "fair use" rules and follow them. We do on our blog.

    It's not up to writers to request that you remove a post. That's hiring a detective to figure out who stole your car so you can ask the thief to please give it back.

    Quit stealing entire posts off other blogs and you won't have a problem. Keep stealing them, and you'll likely have more DMCA complaints. Though, again, this complaint is not from us. We don't have the time to deal with content thieves.

  2. It was the authoress who complained on me, she confessed;

    Christie Keith

    And if I do get more complaints, I guess I have been through worse. Disgruntled ones will just have to sue me, although I have nothing ("0" net worth) to sue for,...but they will have 20 yrs to collect.
    I find generally that since I post whole articles (not "posts") and publish them fully including author and source, that is all most "do-goodin" sort of folks like us generally require, unless of course, they are the trifflin kind.

    Before anyone starts hollerin "thief" may I suggest you check who is doing the "borrowing" before you accuse them of stealing? After all, WE ARE supposed to be on the same side, no?

    Generally I find that other advocates and activists are GLAD to have their stuff cross-posted...sorry if I miss took the author for one of them.

  3. The fact that a thief has good intentions doesn't make the stealing right. Or legal.

    Fair use guidelines make what you want to do more than possible. Spread the word by using them. It's easy, legal and it actually honors the writers, instead of stealing from them.

    Christie Keith isn't an "authoress" -- she's an accomplished and well-respected professional writer who helps animals without either stealing or behaving in an unethical fashion. She doesn't have to "confess" to turning you in, because unlike you, she didn't do anything wrong. You, on the other hand, not only behaved unethically and illegally, but also have no intention of changing. Confession is what YOU might want to be looking into, and absolution is not mine to give.

    Try behaving ethically and honestly. You'd be surprised how easy it is, and how much better a person you'll be for it.

    As for suing, that's not what the DMCA is set up to do. What is DOES do is empower your service provider to knock your "blog" of lifted content off the Internet. We'll be pursuing that option in the future if you don't start following fair use guidelines.

  4. Spoken like a true (self-rightous) christian

  5. I no i speeled it wrong. Is their a law agin that?