Saturday, May 22, 2010

Uh, Oh: This Blog Has Been Accused Of Violation Of The DMCA!

In early March 2004 (a looooooooong time ago), this blogger posted the lyrics to a song by the great satirist, Tom Lehrer: "Send The Marines" (1965). (The lyrics were obtained — copy/paste — from some now-forgotten Web site.) The post ended with "Copyright © 1965 Tom Lehrer." This blog is a non-commercial venture and no monetary gain resulted from the posting of Tom Lehrer's words. (Or, from any other posting to this blog since 2003.) This blogger — disturbed by the war in Iraq — was inspired by Tom Lehrer's critique of presidential overreach in 1965 (and by implication, in 2004). So, instead of Tom Lehrer's words, enjoy Tom Lehrer in performance in 1965 at the Hungry i in San Francisco, thanks to YouTube (like Blogger, wholly owned by Google). Below is today's Blogger/Google's notification that the offending post of 03/03/04 had been taken down:

Blogger has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that certain content in your blog is alleged to infringe upon the copyrights of others. As a result, we have reset the post(s) to "draft" status. (If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. The URL(s) of the allegedly infringing post(s) may be found at the end of this message.) This means your post - and any images, links or other content - is not gone. You may edit the post to remove the offending content and republish, at which point the post in question will be visible to your readers again.

A bit of background: the DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. If you believe you have the rights to post the content at issue here, you can file a counter-claim. For more information on our DMCA policy, including how to file a counter-claim, please see

The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, will be posted online by a service called Chilling Effects at We do this in accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). You can search for the DMCA notice associated with the removal of your content by going to the Chilling Effects search page at, and entering in the URL of the blog post that was removed. If it is brought to our attention that you have republished the post without removing the content/link in question, then we will delete your post and count it as a violation on your account. Repeated violations to our Terms of Service may result in further remedial action taken against your Blogger account including deleting your blog and/or terminating your account. If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel.


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Included with the lyrics, this blogger wrote in 2004: Tom Lehrer is a national treasure: the most talented grad school dropout in this country's history. Lehrer was ABD in mathematics at Harvard and played in a piano bar in Cambridge. He played more piano and wrote more satirical songs than working on equations. When I saw "Good Will Hunting," I thought of Tom Lehrer in Cambridge. Lehrer wrote for the brief ABC series, "That Was The Week That Was." He made an album in 1965—That Was The Year That Was—that resonates today. Lehrer graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in mathematics when he was 18 years old. He spent 9 years in the Harvard doctoral program in mathematics with teaching gigs (non-tenured) at Harvard, MIT, and Wellesley. He also spent time at the Los Alomos Laboratory. During that time, he also served in the U. S. Army for 2 years. Today, Tom Lehrer is 75 and lives in Santa Cruz, California. Tom Lehrer stopped performing (and recording) with "That Was The Year That Was" in 1965, but he retired wealthy from selling most of his material on his own record label. Run, do not walk, to and buy "That Was The Year That Was." You won't be sorry (no matter your politics or your faith). However, if you can't laugh at tough humor, stay away. In the meantime, Send The Marines! If this is (fair & balanced) satire, so be it.

In the words of the immortal John Belushi, "Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse, me!" Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging.

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"Send The Marines" (1965)
By Tom Lehrer


Copyright © 1965 Tom Lehrer

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