Today I received this in the comment section of my Butt Necklace post:
My name is Micheal Anderson of soleclothes.etsy.com and the owner of this image.
This post is to officially notify you that you are infringing upon copyright material. Immediately cease and desist from the unlawful use of the image and remove it from your site. I appreciate your promptness. If you have any questions I can be reached at the email in this post.
Granted, it’s been a few years since I was in law school, but I don’t believe posting a comment on a blog qualifies as an actual legal notification. And normally when one receives a “cease and desist”, it is signed by some dude with an ESQ after his name, not “graphic designer.”
I can not find any evidence that the photo is copyrighted, but the image has been removed. Unless the image has an important purpose, my policy is to accommodate a “creator’s” desires even if they have no apparent legal basis.
However, I do wonder why people just do not ask nicely first before they send the obnoxious “cease and desist” language. Why not try to be polite first and then escalate only if necessary?
Also: is it funny to anyone else that the butt necklace is being so vociferously defended?