Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tumblr gives me a ‘final warning’ a year after deleting my blogs for supposed copyright violations

Seriously, Tumblr?
You terminate my account abruptly more than a year ago for “repeated uncontested notifications of copyright infringement” and NOW you send me a “final warning”?
That’s like a cop shooting someone and then saying, “Stop or I’ll shoot” … a year later.
If there was any way of getting back the three blogs you deleted because of two complaints from one photographer against one of those blogs, despite my fair use argument, I’d be all ears.
But you never responded to my appeal and I doubt you will now.
Sending this email is obviously just another screw-up on your part. Thanks for rubbing salt in an old wound.
P.S. It’s nice that you’re paying at least some lip service to users’ rights now.

Here’s the text of an email message I received yesterday evening from Yahoo-owned Tumblr:

Tumblr Copyright Violations- FINAL WARNING

Hello,

We're writing to let you know that, due to repeated uncontested notifications of copyright infringement against one or more of your blogs, your Tumblr account is one more uncontested notice away from termination. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS A FINAL WARNING.

As a reminder, Tumblr, as required by US law, implements a strict policy of terminating the accounts of repeat copyright infringers. It's important for all creators that our users respect copyright, and so we ask that you take greater care in what you post to your Tumblr blogs. You can review Tumblr's Terms of Service (http://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/terms_of_service) and Community Guidelines (http://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/community) for more information on our copyright policies.

Also, if you believe that a copyright infringement notification has been incorrectly submitted against you (in other words, that you have the legal right to post the content), you can contest the notice and file a counter-notification according to the procedure found here: http://www.tumblr.com/policy/en/terms_of_service#dmca

For more information on US copyright law, you can visit the following sites:
http://fairuse.stanford.edu/internet-resources/
http://www.teachingcopyright.org/
http://copyright.gov/

Thanks for your consideration.

Best,
Tumblr Trust & Safety

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