I Just Got *Chilled*
Just 3 days ago, I received emails from Blogger support team, notifying me about certain content in my blog that is allegedly infringing upon copyrights of others. Reported by Remove Your Media LLC, on behalf of SBS International Inc, to Google, with the details of the claim published by the Chilling Effects.
In case you don't know what a 'chilling effect' is, well in this case, its a legal context for inhibition or discouragement of legitimate exercise of natural and legal rights by the threat of legal sanction. The description comes from Wikipedia, which I just took from, about 10 minutes ago.
I will not pretend I understand law by just reading it off the Wikipedia, but long story short, its a threat. A threat to take down my blog, in which I didn't even know would attract anyone's attention for that matter, if I refused to removed the said copyrighted material.
So I went over to the Chilling Effects website, www.chillingeffects.org, to review the claim of which I should read and adhere any claim in order for me not to be punished by the full extent of the copyright infringement law. And guess what I found:-
That's right. The work that they allegedly claim subject to infringement, is 'Music'. I don't recall posting any music content at all. I might have posted a review about a music band before, but that post wasn't in the item list. So I went on to read all of it, and most if not all of the items in the list were links to websites that provide or promote download links. Some of them are streaming video website too.
But what about my blog?? My blog is nothing more than just rantings about something that I may or may not have liked. Technically its just post of articles full of my biased and one-sided view that have nothing to do with any copyrighted materials. I may have mentioned about the items, or put into a title. I know that titles can be trademarked, but copyrighted? Not to mention it just a blog post title...
The links from my website that was reported is on number 804 to 825. And the list goes on up to over 900 items and more. All those links belong to blogs and website that explicitly share the copyrighted materials belonged to SBS television network company either through video stream or download. I don't know, I'm just assuming, the list of links are over a thousand. I'm not going to check on them one-by-one.
At any case, they are pursuing the 17 USC sec. 512(c)(3)(A)(ii) which I urmm.. just googled it, and apparently its about Transitory Network Communications Safe Harbor, yadda yadda... which technically means, they doesn't like it when somebody search for the title of their show, and I got the most search results. Something like that.
So, I'm not really that good with law, so I assume that they just wanted me to change the blog post title. Which I will. One by one. I also had submit a counter-claim to Google back, so that I can re-post back my blog post that have been taken down. Currently Blogger/Google only reverted my affected blog posts to drafts, so that I can re-publish them back.
I hope that I can re-publish them back. Or do I want to re-publish them back? I dunno, if its too much of a hassle, then I might just forgot the whole thing, and start dissing relentlessly about the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DCMA) for being such a pain in the ass.