It’s not a parody of an old Village People song. It’s the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and section 512 is the bit of law that is used and misused to deal with copyright infringement on the Internet. This blog has been subjected to several false DMCA takedown notices from Bill Schmalfeldt. He is now engaging in similar activity against a blog called BillySez.

The image in question is a picture of the Cabin Boy™ taken while he was recovering from surgery. Because he did not take the picture himself, he did not create the work. It also does not appear that it was a work-for-hire or that he purchased the copyright from the photographer. Thus, there is reason to suspect the basis of his copyright claim. Further, he sued over an alleged infringement of his supposed copyright to the image and dismissed his own suit with prejudice, thereby waiving…

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