- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 13, 2012) — On Wednesday, The Post & Email published an article demonstrating that a considerable amount of our original work had been reproduced without attribution or a link back to our work at the pro-Obama website www.nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com. We invited the owner(s) of the website to contact us regarding the problem, as we had filed a complaint with the site’s host, WordPress, in September, asking the site owner to remove the posts lacking attribution.
This evening The Post & Email received the following email from the purported website operator:
From: Natural Born Citizen <email@example.com>
Subject: Your article
I became aware of your article this morning. Since I appreciate your position, although I disagree with your conclusions, I have removed any further postings which contained the terms Rondeau, Sharon, P&E and “Post and Email”. I will continue to search for additional references.
I have commented on all of this on my site. If you believe that I have missed any postings which cause you concern, please leave a comment on my site and I will abide by your wishes.
Please accept my apologies for any concerns my words may have caused you. I applaud your work and effort in exposing what you believe to be injustice in our system, and Walt has found a strong advocate in you. While I often do not agree with you or Walt, I do respect your position and you as a person and wish no discomfort on you.
This mail is sent via contact form on The Post & Email http://www.thepostemail.com
The posting on Native Born Citizen in response to our article is here.
We responded to the email as follows:
From: Sharon Rondeau (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sent: Thu 12/13/12 6:40 PM
I appreciate your response to my complaint. I have read your posting and disagree that the matter is about “feelings.” Rather, it is about reproducing another’s work without attribution or permission. I also object to the libel you have systematically used to defame my reputation which is an actionable offense, as you must know.
I pursue others who repost The Post & Email’s work without permission, attribution or the required remuneration.
I will search your site and let you know if I find any further articles without attribution. In the past, I had left one comment to that effect, and when I tried a second time, your site bounced me to another screen and would not allow the comment to go to moderation.
What is your real name, and why do you not use it? It is easy to hide in the world of cyber space.
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
to which we received the following response:
Yes, I received your first comment and cleaned my site as thorough as I could. When I received email from WordPress, specifically identifying four or five postings as being in violation of the DMCA, I removed all those and did another scrubbing to avoid further discomfort.
A third response was then received:
And not because I did not consider it relevant but because I read over your response too quickly (a bad habit of mine):
Editor’s Note: The website owner has still not provided his name.