Since this blog’s inception in early May 2015, Sabine has whined and moaned piteously about our existence, claiming that we are run by RD and that we represent a concerted and organised attempt to harass and destroy her. Neelu, however, has never seemed to take much notice of us…until now.
Yesterday she posted this on her Facebook page:
Well, now we’re utterly terrified. A “formal complaint…to WordPress.com”? “We will not tolerate internet terrorism by hoaxers any more!!!”?
Oh no! Whatever will we do, kids? We’re sooooo screwed now.
We’re going to be charitable and assume that Neelu is complaining about Hoaxtead Research, and not about “Hoax website”.
But copyright infringement? Weak, Neelu, very weak. Even by your standards.
Even the most cursory glance at this blog will reveal that we abide by Fair Use rules whenever it comes to copyrighted material. Here’s what that means:
In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an illegal infringement.
And commentary, critique, and parody are pretty much the raison d’être of this blog. If we were actually stealing Neelu’s work and reproducing it here, we’d be just another Hoaxtead-pushing blog, spewing lies, illegal harassment, and incomprehensible gibberish under the guise of legal advice.
We’d rather leave that to the Hoaxtead mob, as it seems to be their speciality.
We’ll be interested to know what, if anything, WordPress makes of Neelu’s attempt to scupper this blog. Will we actually hear from WordPress about our alleged DMCA infringement(s)? We doubt it, but if we do you’ll be the first to know.
And rest assured, if we publish the complaint it will be properly excerpted, linked, and attributed. Because that’s just how we roll.