On Being UnsubScribd

Last week Scribd sent me a pair of take-down notices for posting PDFs of my own work (Heroes’ Day and Stories from the Steel Garden) to their site:

We have removed your [document titles and ID numbers here] because our text matching system determined that it was very similar to a work that has been marked as copyrighted and not permitted on Scribd.

The problem has since been taken care of, though it’s obvious online communities are stumbling over their own feet trying to find a middle ground between proper copyright and the DMCA. Clearly the HD / SFTSG removal was the result of an over-zealous copyright robot looking for genuine infringement. Still, I would have liked to have been contacted first, before my files were deleted and a misconduct notice posted to my Scribd page(s). Unfortunately, the current IP climate makes even a moment’s hesitation risky business. File-sharing Web sites—even legit ones, like Scribd—have to assume guilt until innocence is proven, lest they risk an expensive lawsuit by the likes of certain major corporations out to make a few extra bucks while protecting their IP. Kind of makes me wonder what the final solution will be. Copyright records requested up front, before material is uploaded, or a super-AI copyright bot named Infringinator that reviews your work at gunpoint?


About jesse

Book designer and formatter based in southern California. Supreme overlord of the SuperMegaNet pseudoverse.
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4 Responses to On Being UnsubScribd

  1. Sean Gordon says:

    Yeah, all my youtube videos got erased once. that was pretty crappy. I think someone got in there and did it because had a a stupidly easy password at the time.

  2. jesse says:

    My YouTube videos got deleted once, too. The sad part is that I was the one who deleted them. LOL

  3. Terrance Foxxe says:

    Facebook stopped me from making new friends, and that’s what the whole damn site is about. There’s a malfunction somewhere there. Now, that’s just worng. 🙂

  4. jesse says:

    LOL Terrance, I left MySpace because it kept spitting out glitches. Now, Facebook is doing the same thing, with random outages and status messages sometimes not showing up for hours. Guess that’s the downside to being “the latest craze”.

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