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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Should I shove this up Rupert Murdoch's arse where The Sun doesn't shine?

Should I shove this up Rupert Murdoch's arse where The Sun doesn't shine?

If you type the words "A life spent at her majesty's pleasure" into Google search the number one spot produces this...

Jailhouselawyer's Blog: A life spent at Her Majesty's Pleasure
A life spent at Her Majesty's Pleasure Damian Whitworth December 8 2010 12:01AM Our prisons are apparently too full, yet John 'Ben' Gunn has spent 30 years ...

...however clicking on the link only produces this...

"Page not found
Sorry, the page you were looking for in the blog Jailhouselawyer's Blog does not exist".

And this is because tonight I received the following email...

Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to "draft" status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post - and any images, links or other content - is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. For more information on our DMCA policy, including how to file a counter-claim, please see

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content/link in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.


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You might have also noted that the second placed in the Google Search produces this...

A life spent at Her Majesty's Pleasure - The Times | UK News ... don't get the article unless you have paid to get behind the Times paywall built by Rupert Murdoch.

Until recently, I did suscribe to the online version of the Times. Originally I only intended to take up the special offer of paying £2 for 2 weeks, but I forgot to cancel the subscription and left it as I did like the law section. But, then lean times came and my money ran out and I noticed an unauthorised overdraft on my bank card of £10.40. The Times tried to claim its subscription money and the bank rejected it, and The Times sent me an email informing me that I would be denied access behind the paywall.

A source did tell me that The Times was pretty pissed off with me for republishing the story about Ben Gunn. I thought no more about it until the above email arrived in my inbox tonight.

Now I am considering how I will respond...

1 comment:

Sophie J said...

Oh noes, I wouldn't fancy all of that jargon and counter claiming. These people filing against you have departments and employees whose job it is to do that. It's too much of a to do to fight it as an individual imo. You might be best off apologising and say that you didn't realise you had done anything wrong, but now that it has been pointed out to you, you won't do it again. Let them know that you simply must keep up the blog because of the need it fulfills and because of your followers. Best of luck John