38 year old content? 5 year old blog post? Let’s take down 1.45 million student and teacher blogs. Why? Because DMCA!

More like DMC-Yay! Am I right?

[T]oday, our hosting company, ServerBeach, to whom we pay $6,954.37 every month to host Edublogs, turned off our webservers, without notice, less than 12 hours after issuing us with a DMCA email.

Because one of our teachers, in 2007, had shared a copy of Beck’s Hopelessness Scale with his class, a 20 question list, totalling some 279 words, published in 1974, that Pearson would like you to pay $120 for.

Oh all right then, a little bit of comment… Look. Copyright is out of control. It needs to be fixed (or killed with fire and reborn like a phoenix) or it will destroy the people it pretends to protect (hint: creatives like you and me).

Note that the EduBlogs guys have a solid system in place to remove any identified copyright violating content, and several contact numbers for their host, and removed all access to the offending 5 year old blog post immediately…and…and…

I hope they move their $80,000+ annual server contract somewhere else, not that that will fix the problems with the US copyright enforcement system.

Read it here: http://wpmu.org/serverbeach-takes-1-45-million-edublogs-offline-just-12-hours-after-sending-through-a-lame-dmca-notice/

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