A Digital Millenium Copyright Act infringement claim was filed on September 16 against the owner of the “Sandy Hook Hoax” Facebook page concerning photographic images of Lenie Urbina/Avielle Richman. Unsurprisingly, Facebook opted to take the
claim at face value without investigation and remove the image, according to Tony Mead, SHH’s administrator.
Facebook does not disclose what party has filed copyright claims against its users. An appeals, or “counter notification” process leaves the door open to potential litigation by the claimant if ownership of the given image can be produced. Under Facebook’s policy the respondent has no other way of appeal other than and cannot determine who it could be facing in court.
As RT reported, earlier this week fair use advocates were encouraged when a US appellate court in San Francisco ruled that a jury should decide in a case brought by the Electronic Frontier Foundation against Universal Music Group on whether Universal adequately considered fair use prior to filing a DMCA complaint against a parent who posted a thirty second recording of their toddler dancing to Prince’s 1984 hit, “Let’s Go Crazy.”
On September 17 “Sandy Hook Hoax” Fb page owner Tony Mead filed a “counter notification” contesting the unknown party’s alleged ownership of the photos.