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This is a test of Dreamwidth's cross-posting functionality.
This post was made on Dreamwidth, and should be automatically cross-posted to LiveJournal.

Photo by Kathryn Bachen, used without permission.
From The Western Front, Monday, November 17, 2008

The LiveJournal Abuse Team has contacted me, and informed me that my LJ entry with the photo of me with the megaphone has been suspended, because of a copyright infringement complaint:

Dear user kevynjacobs,

We have received a report, properly formatted under the provisions set forth by United States law, indicating that your entry located at [] violates the copyright of another. As such, we have suspended this entry to disable access to this material.

If you feel that this report is in error or that your use of the material falls under one of the categories permitted under copyright law, you are entitled to file a counter-notification, also under the provisions of US law; please contact us for information on how to do this. Filing a counter-notification indicates that you are willing to defend yourself in court against a charge of copyright infringement, and you may be bound by civil and possibly criminal penalties if you are found liable.

LiveJournal Abuse Prevention Team

I have written back, telling LJ that I wish to file a counter-notification under the DMCA, which means they must put the entry back up. My rationale is that I have posted it under Fair Use doctrine, which trumps copyright. Which means, it goes back up, and if The Western Front wishes to continue this game, they will have to take me to court now. Which I would welcome, because I know I'll win under Fair Use.

Incidentally, they also DMCA'd the image on my Facebook profile. I'm going to let that one slide for now, in the spirit of picking my battles. The LiveJournal entry is an easier case to prove Fair Use on.

And now I say to The Western Front: Your move.
kevyn: (Default)
( Nov. 30th, 2008 11:28 am)
So, we're headed into that time of year again, where greed and gluttony take over the psyches of children (both chronological and mental), parents drive up their credit card debt in an attempt to assuage feelings of consumerist guilt, and Wal Mart shoppers kill employees in their crush to get the latest on-sale doo-dad.
Yes, it's Xmas time again!

So, in the spirit of the season, here's my holiday avarice wish list:

  1. A Permanent LiveJournal account. They go on sale from Dec. 4 through Dec. 10, and cost a mere $175! I'd love to have one, so I'd never have to worry about scrounging money for LJ again!

  2. A JOB. So many other things that are wrong with my life right now could be fixed if I could... just... find... gainful... employment! (Bonus points if its a job in Canada.)

  3. Pay my rent for a month. Please! Only $325.

  4. New shoes. I need new shoes. Badly. Size 16. Must be able to take an orthotic insert.

  5. New foot orthodics. Mine are falling apart, and it's affecting my walking ability.

  6. High-speed Internet. Cable, DSL, fiber, whatever. I'm grateful for what I have now (ClearWire wireless), but... it's slow!

  7. Pants. Slacks. Jeans. I'm currently down to 1 pair of dress slacks, and sweatpants. That's it. Size 54W, 34L.

  8. Pots and pans. When Donnie moved out, he took most of them with him. I have no pot to boil spaghetti or potatoes in!

  9. A potato masher. Wire whisks are just too... delicate... to get the job done properly.

  10. A carton of cigarettes. "The old man grabbed me and said, 'Hey, smoke up Johnny!' ... It was a banner fucking year at the old Bender family!"

  11. Underwear. Black boxer briefs. K-Staters know the kind I'm talking about. The kind you can wear as shorts!

  12. Lube. Yes, lube. You got a problem with that?

  13. Toiletries, such as toothpaste, toilet paper, deodorant, naproxen sodium, Q-tips, shampoo, bar soap, etc.

  14. Broom and dustpan. My broom died a horrible death last week.

  15. A juicer. Jack LaLanne makes it look so cool and easy on his infomercial!

  16. World peace, a solution to climate change, an end to the oil economy, Bush and Cheney at the Hague, the U.S. conversion to the metric system, human rights for all, gay marriage equality, and an end to silly religious cults (like Mormonism. And Scientology. And Catholicism. And Protestantism. And Islam. And Judaism...).

Thank you in advance, Santa!

P.S. I've been a good boy this year. Mostly!
It occurs to me as I look through my LJ message inbox that there's a bunch of comments I have never responded to. This seems to be a normal behaviour pattern for me: I don't always respond to everything, because I don't feel compelled to do so.

Is anybody offended by this behaviour on my part?

Even though LJ is considered to be a "social networking" site, for me it is first and foremost a journal, a chronological record of my life, where I put down what I am thinking, feeling, what I am horrified by and amused by, photos, school papers, movie tickets, and bric-a-brac. It's a digital scrapbook for me - the operative word being ME. It just happens that you are allowed to see it.

The "social" part of LJ is secondary to me -- I don't look at my LJ as a dialogue (though many times it is one) so much as a monologue, where people can comment if they want to, and sometimes I even respond.

I am a very public person by nature, but I do employ levels of privacy -- if you're not on my friends list, you don't get to see the more salacious, personal or controversial stuff that I post. (Ask me if you want to be added). And, of course, I also post things that I don't share with *anyone*, for my eyes only.

Just as I don't feel compelled to answer every voice mail I receive, or every email I receive, I don't feel obliged to respond every time someone comments on my journal.

I guess what I am asking here: Am I being rude? Are people bothered when I don't respond?
Wow... I recieved an anonymous gift from one of my readers!

The email I received from LJ says:
(the following is an anonymous gift)
6 months of paid account time have been added to your LiveJournal account "kevynjacobs".

Thank you, whoever you are!
kevyn: (meme)
( Aug. 8th, 2005 07:17 pm)
If there is anything this episode with Giovanni has taught me, it's how many loving arms there are around me in my life, not just here on LiveJournal, but in my whole life.

Thanks and love to you all.


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