We just received an e-mail communication that relates to my post of February 14. It was written by someone for whom this is already Wednesday, February 20, but just barely. It says:
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2008 02:43:53 -0000
From: "Picasa Support"
Subject: Re: [#242066335] Picasa DMCA Complaint processed
We have completed processing your infringement complaint dated 2/14/08 in accordance with our Copyright Complaint procedure. We have removed from Picasa Web Albums the image(s) that formerly appeared at: [URL removed]
Please let us know if we can assist you further.
The Google Team
Not only was the scan of our book taken down, but the other forty-nine books, magazines, and pattern collections formerly at that URL have also been removed.
Many items are still publicly posted at other locations nearby, and it’s highly likely that our book has been picked up by other people and may be posted elsewhere.
The person who had put up these linked albums had 290 books, magazines, and collections illegally posted. She now has 240. A number of knitting authors and publishers will be filing complaints about the illegal posting of their material. (The complaints have to be filed by the copyright holder or that person’s authorized agent).
Maybe we can make a dent in the practice.
Undercutting designers, publishers, libraries, and booksellers could truly damage the flow of creative ideas into and through the knitting and crochet community. In the short run, posting the books may look like a fantastic way to make great information widely available. In the long run, stolen material distributed free means that people who write and design lose the ability (and desire) to develop and share their work with other folks.
Special thanks to one blog reader in particular who helped enormously by tracking down the person who was posting this material, and other people with similar ideas. Now I know a whole lot about this person, who is probably not the scanner . . . which I can say in part because it wouldn’t be possible to knit as much work as is being shown on the poster’s blog and also scan as many books as are being posted.
The person who helped me out—someone who, by the way, I’ve known in the virtual and sometimes real world since the internet didn’t have a web and electronic communication occurred through green or amber text on a black screen—showed me in new ways how small the globe is and how much tracking can be done through internet clues. Quite amazing. And alarming, of course.
The issue of copyright is enormously complicated and profoundly important. There are no easy answers.
But just now there’s a bit of success to celebrate in protecting the work of a few creative souls. At least for today. And maybe, since the note from the Picasa team was written tomorrow, for a little while into the future, too. Every scrap helps.