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An actual email exchange, just now. The first bit is a standard DMCA form notice I send non-commercial copyright infringers:

This letter is a Notice of Infringement as authorized in § 512(c) of the U.S. Copyright Law under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). The infringing material appears on the Service for which you are the designated agent.

The disputed images are here: http://leeanntorrans.com/one-fifth-texas-hospitals-infected-with-ants-that-feast-on-wounds-and-potentially-carry-disease/

My original, copyright-protected photographs are here: http://www.alexanderwild.com/Ants/Taxonomic-List-of-Ant-Genera/Monomorium/9272009_Kzb89t#!i=619427766&k=WqGSp

Please remove these files from your servers at your earliest convenience.

I have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by myself, the copyright owner. I hereby state, under penalty of perjury, that the above information in this email is accurate and that I am the copyright owner.

Thanks for your time,

Alexander Wild
www.alexanderwild.com

Lee Ann Torrans responds:

Hey, buddy.

It’s down.

But if you look at the website you will see I sell nothing.  I only serve the public by drawaing attention to a significant problem in this country.

Just wondering, do you do any thing beneficial to society in a major way?

I get emails all the time, thanking me for providing an important service.  Maybe 7,000 to date.

This is the first complaint.

Good look with your copyright infringement crusade.

I have thousand of images on the web, my own.  People use them all the time and I am glad to permit that.

Lee Ann Torrans

Ah, the glamorous life of the nature photographer.

update: thread is closed.