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All those men were there inside,
when she came in totally naked.
They had been drinking: they began to spit.
Newly come from the river, she knew nothing.
She was a mermaid who had lost her way.
The insults flowed down her gleaming flesh.
Obscenities drowned her golden breasts.
Not knowing…

Accused of copyright infringement. Tumblr left me unable to defend myself.


If you think this doesn’t apply to you - read carefully and think again, it’s only a matter of time before it will.

I got this email notice from Tumblr the other day.


We’re writing to let you know that, due to repeated uncontested notifications of copyright infringement against one or more of your blogs, your Tumblr account is one more uncontested notice away from termination. PLEASE CONSIDER THIS A FINAL WARNING.

As a reminder, Tumblr, as required by US law, implements a strict policy of terminating the accounts of repeat copyright infringers. It’s important for all creators that our users respect copyright, and so we ask that you take greater care in what you post to your Tumblr blogs. You can review Tumblr’s Terms of Service ( and Community Guidelines ( for more information on our copyright policies.

Also, if you believe that a copyright infringement notification has been incorrectly submitted against you (in other words, that you have the legal right to post the content), you can contest the notice and file a counter-notification according to the procedure found here:

For more information on US copyright law, you can visit the following sites:

Thanks for your consideration.

Tumblr Trust & Safety

Notice that Tumblr gave me the option to contest the notice against my blog.  That was very nice of them, BUT nowhere in that notice did they tell me exactly how I had infringed copyright, and repeatedly as well.  Really - how?  Was it an image, text, or a music track?  The incompetent idiots neglected to tell me!!!  It would have been good of them to let me know what it was I shouldn’t have posted.  In fact it would have been legal and and correct if they had.  But I’m not sure anything about this notice is fair or correct.

By notifying me without stating what it is I have done wrong, they have actually taken away my right to disagree and prove the content is actually mine.   The first stage Tumblr ask you to action if you believe the claim against you is wrong and the content is actually yours is to give Tumblr a link to the URL of that disputed post.  But how can I do that if they haven’t bothered to tell me what the post was or when???  In fact they haven’t even stated what blog it was posted on either, they just said “one or more of your blogs” - a bit vague isn’t it?

(This is what Tumblr ask in their Community Guidlines for us not to post)

Promotion or Glorification of Self-Harm. Don’t post content that actively promotes or glorifies self-harm. This includes content that urges or encourages others to: cut or injure themselves; embrace anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders; or commit suicide rather than, e.g., seeking counseling or treatment, or joining together in supportive conversation with those suffering or recovering from depression or other conditions. Dialogue about these behaviors is incredibly important and online communities can be extraordinarily helpful to people struggling with these difficult conditions. We aim for Tumblr to be a place that facilitates awareness, support and recovery, and we will remove only those posts or blogs that cross the line into active promotion or glorification of self-harm.

I see posts glorifying self harm, anorexia and suicide all the time.  Those posts or blogs have been there years sometimes.  If Tumblr actually removed these post or blogs I wouldn’t be seeing them would I?  And yet they have a big issue with me who never posts anything like those subjects stated, apparently posting an unknown, unexplained copyright infringement.

I occasionally get a similar notice from Pinterest, but they are always polite and never threaten to terminate your Pinterest account.  This is what they say:

We’re getting in touch to let you know we received a copyright complaint and have removed one (or more) of your Pins. The complaint wasn’t directed against you or your Pin; it was directed against another user’s Pin of the same content from: _______________________ While many copyright owners are happy to have their content on Pinterest, we recognize that some do not want their content to appear on Pinterest, or did not receive attribution for the content. When a copyright owner sends us a complete notice per the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), it’s our policy to remove the Pin(s). Again, this complaint was not directed at you, or anything you did: we just thought you’d like to know why we removed your Pin. Happy Pinning and thanks again for using Pinterest. The Pinterest Team

So which notice would you prefer Tumblr or Pinterest?

From now on I have no idea if what I post or possibly even reblog will be held against me as yet another one of their broken rules.  And it seems if I do this mysterious, unknown, unexplained posting again Tumblr will delete my blog.

I’m doing what everyone else on here is doing, and if you think about it, most tumblr blogs are technically breaking copyright all the time.  Tumblr consists mainly of photography, gifs and art that often have no credit given to them at all.  Can anyone see Tumblr removing them?  No they are not!  In fact if they did there wouldn’t be much of Tumblr left to look at. 

I have always gone out of my way to make links for many artists, photographers and singers.  How can giving someone a free advert be breaking copyright?

Tumblr, you are total idiots!!!  You’ve lost my respect, you deserve to lose everyone’s respect if you persist in being unprofessional in emailing your bloggers as you have done to me.

(If this has happened to you I’d love to hear about it, please let me know.)

If you find this blog has been deleted, you will know that Tumblr didn’t like what I had to say.  And what will that say about them?

I love this, he looks ecstatically overwhelmed at the taste of that watermelon!  I remember seeing animal characters in a story book I loved as a kid called Busy Busy World by Richard Scary eating huge pieces of watermelon just like this.  I thought they looked like giant strawberries and asked my mother if we could have some.  She said "Maybe, but you don’t like melons!” (which was true!) but I insisted if we had one of those I knew I would like those watermelons.  Living in England in the 1970’s watermelons weren’t much part of a regular diet for most families, and we never did get around to trying that beautiful looking melon.

And what should I find on my first trip to a supermarket when I left home at 21?  A shelf full of ready cut watermelons - aaahhhh!  I bought it, I ate it, I LOVED IT!!!!  In my first letter home to my Mum and Dad I told them - ‘I was right, I told you I would like watermelon!!!’

So if you mainly eat rubbish food and you’ve never tried a watermelon - go and get one now, and you’ll have an expression on your face like this little one.  That would be worth it wouldn’t it?


(Source: pakse)

Ben Utecht ~ You’ll Always Be My Girls

Utecht, has suffered five known concussions during his football career, and has been experiencing memory loss since 2011 at 30 years of age.

"I began having serious memory problems and behavioural changes that I couldn’t understand.  I began to fear my future, a future where I could no longer remember the names and faces of my wife and girls.  I had to walk away.  We had just started a family and now we have three young daughters and I want to do what’s best for them," he says.  "The hidden blessing that helped me out of the darkness is I had another passion… music." 

He co-wrote the song on his album ‘You Will Always Be My Girls’ which deals with the fears of losing his family to brain disease. 

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