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August 24, 2006

Happy Two-Year Anniversary to bookofjoe — The Atlantic sends me my very first ever 'cease-and-desist' order


I am so stoked.

Just 57 minutes ago, at 3:04:44 p.m. (ET), while I was moseying along here on the treadmill thinking about something close to nothing, but different than the day before, in came the email pictured above.

Not one word has been omitted

Memo to self: Send a copy of my compliance email to Jim Fallows, the author of the article to be taken down; I'm sure he'll find it as amusing as I did.

So great.

Finally — proof that bookofjoe exists.

Next thing you know they'll be telling us there's intelligent life on Earth.


After talking things over with my executive committee (the Rice Krispies happened to be out of the office) it's been decided that the fateful post — which, incidentally, already contained a link to the Atlantic article, as suggested by the magazine's Permissions department — will remain up and intact until 10:01 p.m. (ET) tonight, at which time the text of the article in question will be disappeared from bookofjoe forever.

So if you want to read it there instead of on the Atlantic's website, well, you've got less than six hours before it turns into a pumpkin.

Fair warning.

I always knew there was a mole among my readers... wonder who it was who reported me?

Every blogger needs her or his own dedicated and focused Stasi impersonator; it's good to know I've got that base covered.

August 24, 2006 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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Since when did it become okay to copy other people's articles onto your own web site?

Posted by: Amit Patel | Aug 25, 2006 11:05:37 PM

it was me.

Posted by: jennie | Aug 25, 2006 11:50:53 AM

I think their bot and their webmaster don't talk. This is what comes up on after a short summary. Perhaps Mr Fallows should be notified. :)

"This article is viewable only by Atlantic subscribers....

Posted by: Ron | Aug 25, 2006 7:28:53 AM

Argghhh!!!! Missed it by four minutes!!!!

Posted by: Gini | Aug 24, 2006 10:06:15 PM

Most likely it was an automated system.

I've had a few copyright bots attack me and demand I take down files that were named similar to some pirate app or otherwise, and I generally tell them to go get bent.

Its not even a human doing the legwork because if it was they'd know immediately its not anything.

Maybe it was a human -- who cares. They actually seemed a lot more polite than the idiots I get :-)

Posted by: clifyt | Aug 24, 2006 7:09:34 PM

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