It’s not a parody of an old Village People song. It’s the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and section 512 is the bit of law that is used and misused to deal with copyright infringement on the Internet. This blog has been subjected to several false DMCA takedown notices from Bill Schmalfeldt. He is now engaging in similar activity against a blog called BillySez.
The image in question is a picture of the Cabin Boy™ taken while he was recovering from surgery. Because he did not take the picture himself, he did not create the work. It also does not appear that it was a work-for-hire or that he purchased the copyright from the photographer. Thus, there is reason to suspect the basis of his copyright claim. Further, he sued over an alleged infringement of his supposed copyright to the image and dismissed his own suit with prejudice, thereby waiving any claim against the defendant’s rights to the image, and the defendant has placed all of his uses of the image in the public domain.
I have no idea how his current target will react, but I won’t be surprised to see his current shenanigans met with counter notices which will result in the images he has taken down being restored after a few days. The DMCA allows someone who has been subject to a false takedown notice to sue. Considering that the Cabin Boy has already instigated a federal LOLsuit against the target of his current mischief, there’s a real possibility of a counterclaim. It’s almost as if he’s trying to provoke a response.
Stupid is as stupid does.