COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 12, 2012) — At approximately 8:30 a.m. today, The Post & Email learned that one of its copyrighted, paid-subscriber-only articles with extensive documentation on FOIA requests made to the U.S. Department of Justice had been copied, reposted without permission, had a title added, the author’s name changed, and content within the article altered to change the facts.
The article copied was published at a site called “Newsvine” here.
The Post & Email is full owner of its original articles which require considerable time and effort to assemble. Reproduction agreements are made on a case-by-case basis and require a remuneration agreement in many instances because of the unique quality of our work which is evidenced by our growing subscription numbers.
Editorial writers own their own copyrights, as our policy states. Copying and dissemination our original articles is a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), described as:
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is a United States copyright law that implements two 1996 treaties of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It criminalizes production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalizes the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. In addition, the DMCA heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet. Passed on October 12, 1998, by a unanimous vote in the United States Senate and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 28, 1998, the DMCA amended Title 17 of the United States Code to extend the reach of copyright, while limiting the liability of the providers of on-line services for copyright infringement by their users.
Newsvine states that it is “a property of NBC News.com.” Therefore, we have sent an email to the Copyright Complaint address provided by Newsvine.
COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT/IMMEDIATE TAKEDOWN DEMAND
From: Sharon Rondeau
Sent:Fri 10/12/12 8:48 AM
Good morning. Someone has stolen my copyrighted work from my electronic newspaper here: http://www.thepostemail.com/2012/09/27/is-the-doj-lying-stonewalling-confused-or-colluding/
and placed it on the Newsvine site here: http://aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-1.newsvine.com/_news/2012/09/27/14129005-scary-goes-deep
which is indicated as being owned by NBC News.
without my permission or knowledge until this morning.
This article is protected by my own copyright notice here: http://www.thepostemail.com/about/ and by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which you have included in your copyright page here: http://www.newsvine.com/_nv/cms/info/copyrightPolicy
The name of the article, author and publication have been changed. There is no link back to “The Post & Email,” my name has been changed to “Scary Eskimo,” and the title “Scary Goes Deep” was added without permission. Names and facts have also be pirated within the article.
It is interesting that a pro-Obama website here: https://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/ had been doing the same thing with my work until last month, when I contacted the website host, WordPress.com, and proved to them that my copyright had been infringed. They then disabled the infringed content with no response from the website owner. The infringers there had also made some ridiculous reference to “eskimos” when they altered my original work, which could be more than coincidence.
As a commenter to the plagiarized article indicated, stealing of intellectual property is a criminal act and a violation of 17 USC 512.
After performing your due diligence on my claim, you will disable the infringed work so identified in this communication or face legal action.
Thank you very much.
Sharon Rondeau, Editor
The Post & Email
P.O. Box 195
Stafford Springs, CT 06076
In order for The Post & Email’s research to be reposted, pirated, and plagiarized, we must be having an impact. It is our belief that a small group of Obama supporters, perhaps smaller than previously believed, is responsible for stealing our work, knowingly violating the law and attempting to undermine us. The cadre self-identifies as operating a number of Obama propaganda websites established to defame those seeking the truth about Obama’s background. We know who these people are, and we know what their mission is.
We know that at least one of Obama’s sychophants is a subscriber under several different names and has left a death threat against Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III which was reported to the FBI. One of our subscribers may even be Obama himself.
What was it that Malcolm X said…”by any means necessary”?
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.