From: security curmudgeon (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Richard Buss (email@example.com) Cc: Robert Apgood (firstname.lastname@example.org), email@example.com Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 00:17:37 -0500 (EST) Subject: RE: Awesome Site : Rob, : : The following website is displaying a Tawnee Stone picture without our : permission: : http://attrition.org/news/mc/spoofs/tn/priceless-high_school.jpg.html : : I contacted the webmaster and gave him forty-eight hours to remove the : picture; The only response I got is below. He asked me to "prove" we : own the copyright. This webmaster damn well knows he didn't take the : picture and doesn't have permission to post it. Please note this email : is going to him as well. I know "damn well" I didn't take the picture. I do not know "damn well" that you did. We get several mails each month asking us to remove images for a variety of reasons. In *every* mail where someone claimed copyright, they were more than willing to provide proof so we can weed out the bogus claims. In those cases, I immediately removed the image without further question. If this ever went to court, you'd have to prove copyright ownership there. I am asking you to do that now so you can avoid the legal costs in the future. It is a simple and well founded request. Until you do so, my decision stands. It should be TRIVIAL for you to provide a URL or attached photo proving your claim. Until then, i'll lump it in with the rest of the screwballs. : Please shut him. Shut me? Also, as a reminder, make sure your attorny is aware of: http://www.attrition.org/attrition/warn.html Specifically, that all of this e-mail will be posted publically in the future.
At least I warned him!