Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Lawyerly Tactics

The Copyright Zone reports on a trend in attorney's continuing education to offer classes aimed at defending clients against cases of copyright infringement. The second point is worth noting:
2. Send a letter saying “We have taken it down. Thanks for letting us know. Goodnight”. Never offer real money to a non-represented claimant. Few photographers hire lawyers. If you do hear from a lawyer then you can start paying real attention to the case.
Pinners will love point #5:
5. Always claim that since there was no copyright notice your client who is not a lawyer, “had no reason to know anything was wrong” and that “no malice was intended”.


Leslie Hawes said...


This article speaks of 'relaxation' of copyright laws in UK.

Leslie Hawes said...

Not certain where to 'share' this, but I received an email from pinterest (and Tumblr) stating that their use of 'Zendesk' had been compromised and possibly the info I supplied in the course of giving them all my personal info when filling out a DMCA form was compromised, too. Thanks, Pinterest. More injury to insult.

Here is the email I received:
"We recently learned that the vendor we use to answer support requests and other emails (Zendesk) experienced a security breach.
We’re sending you this email because we received or answered a message from you using Zendesk. Unfortunately your name, email address and subject line of your message were improperly accessed during their security breach. To help keep your account secure, please:
• Don’t share your password. We will never send you an email asking for your password. If you get an email like this, please let us know right away.
• Beware of suspicious emails. If you get any emails that look like they’re from Pinterest but don’t feel right, please let us know—especially if they include details about your support request.
• Use a strong Pinterest password. Hackers can sometimes guess very short passwords with no letters or symbols. If your password is weak, you can create a new one.
We’re really sorry this happened, and we’ll keep working with law enforcement and our vendors to ensure your information is protected.
- The Pinterest Team "

Leslie Hawes said...