Messier 70


Messier 70 (aka M70 or NGC 6681) is a globular cluster of stars in the southern constellation of Sagittarius. It’s about 29,400 light-years away from Earth and roughly 6,500 light-years from the Galactic Center. M70 has undergone core collapse, so it has a very small core radius of 0.22 light-years.

Image Credit: NASA / ESA

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the tools that Team Kimberlin has tried to use in their campaigns of lawfare is fraudulent copyright claims. Five years ago today, Hogewash! was the target of such an attack which I reported in a post titled #BillSchmalfeldt Files Fraudulent DMCA Takedown Notice. As the Gentle Reader can see below, the Cabin Boy™ falsely claimed to be either the owner of or authorized agent for works in the public domain. While some of the posts were taken down automatically, it didn’t take WordPress long to correct those errors. The post begins with the email I received from WordPress.

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Hi there,

We’ve received the DMCA notice (http://chillingeffects.org/dmca512/faq.cgi#QID130) below regarding material published on your WordPress.com site, which means the complainant is asserting ownership of this material and claiming that your use of it is not permitted by him/her or the law. As required by the DMCA, we have disabled public access to the material. Please note that republishing the material without permission from the copyright holder will result in the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site and/or account.

Repeated incidents of copyright infringement will also lead to the permanent suspension of your WordPress.com site. We certainly don’t want that to happen, so please delete any other material you may have uploaded for which you don’t have the necessary rights and and refrain from uploading additional material that you do not have permission to upload. Although we can’t provide legal advice, we’re happy to point you to copyright law resources that might help you make this determination.

Alternatively, if you believe that this notice was received in error, or if you believe your usage of this material falls under the Fair Use provision of US Copyright Law, it’s important that you submit a formal DMCA counter-notice to ensure that your WordPress.com site remains operational. A valid counter-notice will result in the material being returned to your site in 10 business days if the complainant does not reply with legal action.

Please refer to the following pages for more information:
http://en.support.wordpress.com/counter-notice/
Digital Millenium Copyright Act – Counter Notice

After the notice, there is a list of the material claimed to be in breach of copyright, with the action that we have taken on this occasion. This is the response that we have sent the complainant.

Thank you.
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Dear Designated Agent:

This will probably be a bit more personal than the usual DMCA Takedown Request you receive. I am in the midst of a Copyright Infringement Suit filed by William John Joseph Hoge III, who operates a WordPress.com blog called “Hogewash.com”.

Before I detail the nature of this takedown, I have a question. Who owns the “copyright” on material published on a WordPress.com blog? Your Terms of Service make it appear that WordPress.com owns the ultimate copyright. Am I correct in that assumption? Or can a user of a WordPress.com blog write up his own Terms of Service that seem to contradict the WordPress.com ToS. As you peruse this Takedown request, I invite you to review Mr. Hoge’s terms at https://hogewash.com/the-fine-print/

My name is William M. Schmalfeldt, [redacted], Elkridge, Maryland, USA, 21075

410-[redacted]

bschmalfeldt@[redacted]

I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

I acknowledge that a copy of this infringement notice, including any contact information I provided above (address, telephone number, and email address), will be forwarded to the user who uploaded the content at issue.

I electronically sign below.

William M. Schmalfeldt
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1. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/31/orion-in-3d/

In accordance with the requirements set forth by the DMCA, we have disabled access to the material identified as infringing. Please note that we have notified the user who uploaded the material to provide them an opportunity to formally challenge this removal. If the user decides to submit a counter-notice you will be notified immediately.

2. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/30/serpens-cloud-core/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

3. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/29/astro-proam/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

4. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/28/galactic-magnetism/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

5. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/26/in-the-eagle-nebula/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

6. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/25/thats-no-space-station-its-a-moon/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

7. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/23/a-new-crater-on-mars/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

8. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/21/m60-ucd1/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

9. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/20/cygnus-ob2-9/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

10. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/19/the-giant-red-spot/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

11. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/18/the-not-so-giant-red-spot/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

12. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/16/neptune-triton-rings-and-stars/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

13. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/15/inside-the-flame-nebula-2/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

14. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/14/pan-and-zoom/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

15. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/13/a-stellar-survivor/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

16. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/12/the-grand-canyon-of-mars/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

17. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/11/infrared-andromeda/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

18. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/10/coronal-hole-squared/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

19. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/09/b-and-c-in-uv/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

20. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/08/inside-the-flame-nebula/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

21. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/07/outbound/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

22. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/06/53-years-ago-yesterday/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

23. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/05/thats-no-moon-its-a-space-station/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

24. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/04/whats-up-for-may/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

25. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/03/m61-2/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

26. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/02/26749/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

27. https://hogewash.com/2014/05/01/the-pleiades-2/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

28. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/30/rings-and-shadows/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

29. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/29/missed-it-by-that-much-2/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

30. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/27/asteroids-3/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

31. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/26/brown-dwarf/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

32. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/25/m5/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

33. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/24/arp-81/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

34. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/23/m101-in-ir/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

35. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/21/just-a-bit-blurry/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

36. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/20/mariner-4-and-mars/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

37. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/19/the-tadpole/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

38, https://hogewash.com/2014/04/18/surveyor-3-and-apollo-12/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

39. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/16/new-moon-2/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

40. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/15/a-horsehead-of-a-different-color-2/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

41. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/12/mergers-and-acquisitions-2/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

42. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/11/el-gordo-2/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

43. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/09/get-ready-for-the-eclipse/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

44. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/05/a-solar-flare-2/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

45. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/04/themis/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

46. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/03/mars-in-opposition/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

47. https://hogewash.com/2014/04/01/encountering-hyperion/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

48. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/31/ios-true-colors/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

49. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/30/hollows-on-mercury/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

50. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/29/1000-km-closer-to-mars/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

51. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/27/you-cant-see-it-from-here/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

52. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/25/breaking-up-is-hard-to-do/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

53. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/24/confused-hubble/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

54. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/22/a-seyfert-galaxy/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

55. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/21/coming-attractions-lunar-eclipses/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

56. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/20/measuring-a-black-holes-spin/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

57. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/19/the-moons-north-pole/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

58. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/18/the-monkey-head-nebula/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

59. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/17/hubble-nets-a-butterfly/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

60. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/16/missed-it-by-that-much/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

61. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/15/preview-of-coming-attractions-3/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

62. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/12/the-sun-in-january/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

63. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/11/a-swift-tour-of-andromeda/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

64. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/10/wimpy-x-rays/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

65. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/09/exoplanets-and-exocomets/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

66. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/08/a-telescope-larger-than-a-galaxy/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

67. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/07/the-sand-dunes-of-mars/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

68. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/06/a-day-on-mercury/

The content at issue is not hosted on WordPress.com. Please file a takedown notice with the appropriate third party.

69. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/03/martian-sunset/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.

70. https://hogewash.com/2014/03/02/surveyor-1/

Access to the content in question has been disabled, according to the requirements of the DMCA.


Clicky Steve | Community Guardian | WordPress.com

BS201407141324Z

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The Cabin Boy™ huffed and puffed, but his claim failed.

Thanks for the Links


A significant number of page views here at Hogewash! come from outside links. I’d like to thank those sites that have sent viewers this way during the past week. In addition to hits from search engines, Gab, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, Hogewash! has had visitors linked from:

The Other McCain
Evi L. Bloggerlady
Bacon Time
Sonoran Conservative
Saber Point
Allergic to Bull
Tech Dirt
Da Tech Guy Blog

Thank you, fellow bloggers, for those links, and thanks to everyone clicked on them.