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Rapper Kevin Gates is apparently butt over about my post dated Oct. 25, titled "Rapper Kevin Gates touts semen retention men should focus on pleasing women."

When celebrities don't like a post I've written, they resort to using deceptive tactics to get my blog taken down -- such as filing fake copyright infringement notices.

On Tuesday, a London-based company, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), emailed a copyright infringement accusing your auntie of illegally posting Gates' "sound recordings" on my blog.

The email referenced the above titled post -- which does not contain any links to sound recordings.

The company also emailed this notice to my host, hoping they would snatch my blog down under threat of a lawsuit.

IFPI is waiting for my response to the copyright notice, so here is my response: Keep waiting.

I'm not taking the post down because I am not illegally infringing on his copyright.

Why would I post Kevin Gates' garbage music on my blog?

Like I said, this is the tactic that C- and D-list celebrities use when they don't like something I've written.

If I had a different host, my blog would probably be deleted and you would all be left wondering what happened.

Read the fake "copyright infringement" notice below.
 

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am contacting you on behalf of the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry ("IFPI") and the record companies it represents. The IFPI is a trade association that represents around 1,300 major and independent record companies in the US and internationally who create, manufacture and distribute sound recordings (the "IFPI Represented Companies").

The information set forth in this notice is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, we submit that we are authorised [sic] to act on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies in matters involving the infringement of exclusive rights that the IFPI Represented Companies hold in their sound recordings, including enforcing their copyrights and other legal rights on the Internet.

We have learned that your service is making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the sound recordings listed below, the copyrights in which are exclusively owned or controlled by one or more IFPI Represented Companies.

We have included in the table below the URL for the locations where we have identified instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to the IFPI Represented Companies' Sound Recordings on your service.

We have a good faith belief that the above-described activity is not authorised [sic] by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

We are asking for your immediate assistance in stopping this unauthorised [sic] activity. We require you to take action to immediately cease making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service. That action should include, where applicable:

• Deleting all copies from your service’s servers; and

• Deleting and/or disabling all URLs;

The action required should be taken not only in relation to the URLs/locations indicated in the notice, but in relation to all instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service.

Further, we ask you to take reasonable steps to prevent further instances of making available, distributing and/or referring/linking users to infringing copies of the IFPI Represented Companies’ Sound Recordings on your service.

Our top priority is to prevent the continued availability of the IFPI Represented Companies’ content on the internet. Unauthorised [sic] copies of sound recordings that are freely available, especially pre-release recordings, cause substantial damage to the IFPI Represented Companies every hour and day

they remain available. In sending this notice we are providing you with specific knowledge of the unauthorised [sic] activity detailed above and are seeking to ensure that infringing content is removed from the internet as quickly as possible through your cooperation. However, please note that we do not admit that we or the IFPI Represented Companies are responsible for detecting infringing material and notifying you of it.

Our use of a notice in this form, as required by you, is meant to facilitate your removal of the infringing material listed above and we neither admit nor accept that you are a 'service provider' for the purposes of the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), or any similar legislation in another jurisdiction, or that it is necessary to serve, or that you are entitled to be served, with such a notice. IFPI itself and on behalf of the IFPI Represented Companies expressly reserves all rights in this regard.

In addition, this notice does not constitute a waiver of any right to recover damages incurred by virtue of any unauthorised [sic] activities described in this notice, and such rights as well as claims for other relief under the laws of the United States or any applicable legislation in any other jurisdiction, are hereby expressly reserved.

You may contact me at IFPI Secretariat, 7 Air Street, London W1B 5AD, United Kingdom or email Notices@ifpi.org, to discuss this notice.

We await your response.

Yours faithfully,

Melissa Morgia

Director of Content Protection & Enforcement

Emails

A reader emailed to express his opinion on this post dated Monday December 17.

From: Ronnie McCarthon ronnie.mccarthon@hotmail.com
To: sandra@sandrarose.com
Subject: Obama shameful photo op

The pictures on your site were released by the individuals who took them, those pictures were NOT a photo op. The White House did not release any pictures of the trip to Conn. Those families were happy and grateful to have the president there and he by all means should be able to smile with children without being accussed of doing something shameful. Your article is shameful.

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