Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Reddit and Pastebay - Copyright Violation

Letter to Elon Musk:
(Original has been removed)

Back in June 2014, I posted a personal letter on my blog for Elon Musk, which I removed shortly right after. I did not have his contact information at the time. That letter was NOT an open letter, and was never intended to stay on my personal blog. Unfortunately, the letter was wrongfully copied and posted on the Internet, namely Reddit. The letter was personal and copyrighted by me. No one is allowed to repost that letter anywhere, but the copyright violation continues. Reddit and other sites are continual DMCA violators. The websites owe me money for copyright infringement. Reddit management doesn't care at all.


The dumb users on Reddit claimed "fair use", but copied the whole document (original deleted) and placed it on their site.
17 U.S.C. § 107
Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 17 U.S.C. § 106 and 17 U.S.C. § 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:
  1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
  4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.
The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.[4]