ADDENDUM: RECEIVED A LOVELY NOTE FROM KEVIN AT WORDPRESS:
Hello Stephen, Unfortunately those images were temporarily disabled by mistake, due to an error in our software. We never intended to take those down and I apologize. All three images have now been restored. https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-1.gif?w=300&h=150 https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-3.gif?w=300&h=150 https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-2.gif?w=300&h=150 We don't believe the size of a blog or the bank account balance of its author are relevant to free speech and fair use rights. http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/striking-back-against-censorship/ Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Again, my apologies. Regards, Kevin Community Guardian Automattic | WordPress.com
GRANTED, HE DID CALL ME STEPHEN, BUT HE THEN APOLOGIZED FOR THAT IN ANOTHER NOTE! LOVING WORDPRESS RIGHT NOW! TRULY. AND CLICK AWAY TO SEE BEN’S DICK.
Errr, Charlie, I meant to say. Another terrible mistake. Apologies again! Kevin Community Guardian Automattic | WordPress.com
SO, WHILE BEN (or his reps) IS BEING A DICK, WORDPRESS IS GRAND.
Ben is being a freakishly stupendous dick – via Fox.
Apparently Fox Legal has nothing better to do than troll for little, tiny weblogs like mine — with my itsy-bitsy little following — and make sure they are protecting the ginormous Ben Affleck’s monstrously large appendage. Look what I got from WordPress:
Hello, We have received a DMCA notice (https://www.eff.org/issues/bloggers/legal/liability/IP#dmca) for material published on your WordPress.com site. Normally this would mean that we'd have to disable access to the material. However, because we believe that this instance falls under fair use protections, we will not be removing it at this time. Section 107 of US copyright law identifies various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair, such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. You can learn more about that here: http://www.copyright.gov/title17 http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html While we believe that your use of the material is protected (we have fought for our users in similar cases in the past - http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/striking-back-against-censorship/), please keep in mind that the complainant may choose to continue to pursue this matter, perhaps directly with you. If you would prefer, you are still able to delete the content from your site yourself. The notice we received follows. — BEGIN NOTICE — To whom it may concern: We are writing to you on behalf of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation and its related entities (collectively "Fox") which own intellectual property rights in the motion picture film Gone Girl Image 81313611/CA2014005206. It has come to our attention that one or more images purportedly from Gone Girl Image 81313611/CA2014005206 were posted on your website at the URL(s) listed below without authorization of Fox. This conduct infringes Fox's intellectual property rights. http://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/p1gicsogfodfghavvis2.gif https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-1.gif?w=300&h=150 https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-3.gif?w=300&h=150 https://herewearegoing.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/affleck-dick-2.gif?w=300&h=150 http://pmchollywoodlife.files.wordpress.com/2014/12/p1gicsogfodfghavvis2.gif?w=636&h=264 We must demand that you remove the images from your website immediately. I have a good faith belief that the use of the material at the URL(s) listed above is not authorized by Fox, its agent, or the law and I declare under penalty of perjury that I am authorized to act on behalf of Fox and the information in this letter is accurate. Please confirm via e-mail that you will comply with our request. /Kasimira C. Verdi/ Kasimira C. Verdi Director – Intellectual Property Fox Group Legal 2121 Ave. of the Stars, Rm. 2234 Century City, CA 90067 310-369-3110 firstname.lastname@example.org Please reply to email@example.com, replies sent to firstname.lastname@example.org will be ignored. — END NOTICE — Regards, Kevin Community Guardian Automattic | WordPress.com
Okay, so, despite WordPress saying they meant to protect wee-little-me, I was going to go ahead and remove the images of behemothic Ben. I have enough people after me for enough things IRL, who needs the angst on a tiny, little blog?
But, they were already gone. Girl! Look, whatever. But, uhm, the images are still up at a much HUGER (like Ben) site than mine. (Not to mention names, but, here at OMG BLOG) Why, I wonder, did an enormous (like Ben) corporation like Fox target teensy-weensy ME? And WHY target anyone? I didn’t pirate the film. I didn’t give away plot points. I have immense (like Ben) respect for the intellectual properties and arts of others — I have had my ideas, words, work stolen and compromised and appropriated so I know what an elephantine (like Ben) insult and heartache that is. But that was NOT what I did. I was talking about Fox’s super-colossal-titanic (like Ben) release of their film. In my own TINY LITTLE way (unlike Big Ben) I helped create the giant (like Ben) buzz for which they were hoping, using limited images from the monster (like Ben) film they spent mammoth (like Ben) MILLIONS OF HUGE (like Ben) dollars promoting to all the LITTLE PEOPLE (like me). Ben (and his prodigious endowment) was EVERYWHERE talking about the film and his big-fat babymaker’s screen time. They practically SOLD the film based on Ben’s zipcode-of-its-own-worthy cock, so, uhm, what is the massive (like Ben) fucking deal?
And why are Fox and Ben being such outsize (like Ben), walloping (like Ben), whopping (like Ben) dicks (so to speak) about it?