Professor James F. Tracy
(RINF) – A Digital Millenium Copyright Act infringement claim was filed on September 16 against the owner of the “Sandy Hook Hoax” Facebook page concerning photographic images of Lenie Urbina/Avielle Richman. Unsurprisingly, Facebook opted to take the claim at face value without investigation and remove the image, according to Tony Mead, SHH’s administrator.
Facebook does not disclose what party has filed copyright claims against its users. An appeals, or “counter notification” process leaves the door open to potential litigation by the claimant if ownership of the given image can be produced. Under Facebook’s policy the respondent has no other way of appeal other than and cannot determine who it could be facing in court.
As RT reported, earlier this week fair use advocates were encouraged when a US appellate court in San Francisco ruled that a jury should decide in a case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against Universal Music Group on whether Universal adequately considered fair use prior to filing a DMCA complaint against a parent who posted a thirty second recording of their toddler dancing to Prince’s 1984 hit, “Let’s Go Crazy.”
On September 17 “Sandy Hook Hoax” Fb page owner Tony Mead filed a “counter notification” contesting the unknown party’s alleged ownership of the photos.
Professor James F. Tracy is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Florida Atlantic University. James Tracy’s work on media history, politics and culture has appeared in a wide variety of academic journals, edited volumes, and alternative news and opinion outlets. James is editor of Union for Democratic Communication’s Journal Democratic CommuniquÃ© and a contributor to Project Censored’s forthcoming publication Censored 2013: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2011-2012. Additional writings and information are accessible at memoryholeblog.com.