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Just what is DMCA which you may run across as a Blogger; it means Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).  Simply put it is an attempt to control entries made by Bloggers of information obtained from the Internet.

When writing a Blog particularly an activist Blog one sometimes rattles the cage of public figures and bodies.  Most public figures take it in stride and recognise the fact that information put out on the Internet is now in the 'Public Domain'.  Therefore if quoted correctly, preferable in quotes and italics, it may be used by yet another Blogger.  Of course using foul and or abusive language in connection with that quote is quite improper, shows the ignorance of that particular Blogger and greatly reduces the effectiveness of that Bloggers opinions.

As regular readers of NAUTICAL LOG well know we are highly critical of the such bodies as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society (SSCS) mainly on two points.  The two points are, the violent actions taken by the SSCS against fishing methods and fishermen that they have decided should not be out there fishing.  The second point is that the vessels have become a seagoing Cult with all the classic intimidation of the crews to maintain control both while on board and after they leave one of the vessels. 

The public remarks of Peter Bethune the New Zealand Captain of the DVV1 Ady Gil after its controversial sinking caused NAUTICAL LOG to read commentary for about a year.  As a result of this research we came to the conclusion that there was quite a bit of conflict on board these vessels, clear divisions with little or no opinions allowed or considered except those of the hard core leadership of the SSCS.  The 'Whale Wars'® Staff sign confidentiality letters to keep them quiet.  The vessels were clearly operating under a Cult control protocol.

SSCS tries very hard to also control opinions written about it particularly when they are critical and uses intimidation methods to try to do so.  Here at NAUTICAL LOG we have received e.mails with an embedded computer virus and other nasty stuff.  Our protection programme has so far worked well so now it seems someone out there has resorted to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to try and scare NAUTICAL LOG off.

All the Posts which were placed on 'DRAFT' supposedly by Google® have been reviewed and their contents contain only 'Public Domain' Internet information Sea Shepherd Conservation Society Press Releases and  SSCS photographs with no copyright block set to them.

Now we at NAUTICAL LOG have no idea who placed this supposed DMCA complaint (we have since been informed that it was a member of the SSCS shore Staff whose name and location of his residence we have been given) but the better way we think would have been to make a signed comment laying out their own viewpoint where we are wrong, if we are.  Perhaps they do not have the courage of their convictions to do so and take the cowards path by using the DMCA to try to intimidate.

Using the DMCA as a method of intimidation can well be counter-productive because the other party can appeal its usage and show that the DMCA is being used to stifle Freedom of Speech of  The Bill of Rights which for NAUTICAL LOG is guaranteed by The United States Constitution which NAUTICAL LOG is most fortunate to live under.  In addition the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act (OCILLA) protects and acts as a "Safe Harbor" to DMCA.  Readers are referred to the respective articles for both DMCA and OCILLA in Wikipedia®.

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Some persons who are under real intimidation, not just the minor irritation to NAUTICAL LOG are the 300 of our fellow seafarers held captive by pirates off the coast of Puntland, Somalia.  They are now being threatened with murder if actions are taken against these same pirates.


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