Photo Attorney Receives a DMCA Take Down Notice!

As a photographer, author, and copyright attorney, I’ve prepared and sent for myself and on my clients’ behalf many DMCA Take Down Notices.  I also am always careful to honor the copyrights of others!

So you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from Go Daddy today stating that someone had reported that I had infringed his copyright.  So Go Daddy took down my entire wildlife photography website normally located at www.vividwildlife.com!  The most amazing thing is the infringer identified my photos as his (one of which placed in a national photo contest) and claimed that my website infringed my images!

So the struck eagle, stretch’d upon the plain,
No more through rolling clouds to soar again,
View’d his own feather on the fatal dart,
And wing’d the shaft that quiver’d in his heart.

– Lord Byron, English Bards and Scotch Reviewers (1809),

More footshooting here: Copyright Corruption Scandal Surrounds Anti-Piracy Campaign. These are the people we want do endow with further privileges to rule communication? Rhetorical.

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