Journal Entry: Wed Feb 20, 2013, 5:25 PM
So this morning I receive notification from a no-reply administrative account here at dA than one of my deviations has been removed in response to a DMCA copyright violation claim.
The artwork in dispute was amusingly enough my very first auto vexeI uploaded back in 2004. A very cartoony Orange Acura RSX, based partly on a die cast toy that I took my own photograph of. The resulting art looks very little like the toy car to begin with, and was produced by a toy manufacturer that seems to be no longer in business much less offering the product for sale.
So who's the entity with the beef? Honestly, I have no idea. They're not identified in the complaint at all. The defunct toy-maker? Acura? Jeez, I've no idea. Either way, it seems that 9 years after the fact, someone is zealously defending a design that neither of them fucking make any more.
The recourse is to dispute the claim, but the process of dispute puts all the onus on me. The process states: "Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, a counter-notification leaves the individual or organization filing the initial claim no choice but to sue you if he/she/it disagrees with the counter-notice. THERE MAY BE SERIOUS LEGAL CONSEQUENCES IF THIS FORM IS MISUSED. We highly recommend you seek the advice of a trained copyright attorney before proceeding."
So some old crappy piece of art was deleted from my account. I hope the faceless, nameless, party whom I so "greatly wronged" can sleep well now.