Disclaimer: I am no lawyer, I understand nothing about law. Quote me on that. I AM IGNORANT ABOUT ALL LEGAL MATTERS. I cannot afford a lawyer. I am the indigent. If you go after me, then you may as well go after Biafran street urchins, okay?
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Google will rarely list me on their Russia-backed search engine. If they were to conclude that the images on my site violate copyright law as justification for blocking me (although they could be blocking me because I sound Canadian), I offer the following verbatim, per Wikipedia (note the italicized passage).
As stated by film production expert Eve Light Honathaner in The Complete Film Production Handbook, (Focal Press, 2001 p. 211.): “Publicity photos (star headshots) have traditionally not been copyrighted. Since they are disseminated to the public, they are generally considered public domain, and therefore clearance by the studio that produced them is not necessary.”
Nancy Wolff, includes a similar explanation: “There is a vast body of photographs, including but not limited to publicity stills, that have no notice as to who may have created them.” (The Professional Photographer's Legal Handbook By Nancy E. Wolff, Allworth Communications, 2007, p. 55.)
Film industry author Gerald Mast, in Film Study and the Copyright Law (1989) p. 87, writes: “According to the old copyright act, such production stills were not automatically copyrighted as part of the film and required separate copyrights as photographic stills. The new copyright act similarly excludes the production still from automatic copyright but gives the film's copyright owner a five-year period in which to copyright the stills. Most studios have never bothered to copyright these stills because they were happy to see them pass into the public domain, to be used by as many people in as many publications as possible.”
Kristin Thompson, committee chairperson of the for Cinema and Media Studies writes in the conclusion of a 1993 conference with cinema scholars and editors, that they “expressed the opinion that it is not necessary for authors to request permission to reproduce frame enlargements. . . [and] some trade presses that publish educational and scholarly film books also take the position that permission is not necessary for reproducing frame enlargements and publicity photographs.”
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Like any webmaster, I am regularly inundated with data from both my web site host, and the logs they generate. I also can glean referral data the search engines like Google sends here. Any webmaster can parse and see what the raw data contains just as I do. They can choose to ignore this data, or they can just hook up with Google Analytics (a web statistics package from Google) and get it to resolve the data.
The information contained in this data — and that I or any competent webmaster can read, includes search engine query terms (“Ridgemont High School Reunion”), links to search engine query results, and IP address. This last bit of data allows Google, or any webmaster, to resolve a visitor’s IP to geographic location down to zip code. In other words, web site owners may know your location. With a court order, interested parties involved in lawsuits may know your identity — without a court order, Uncle Sam may.
I can only resolve to zip code, and I really don't care to know this anyhow, but it is included in the data. I am mostly interested in State, Country, and query term entered in the search engine that got you here.
Google has stated that they x-out the last 3 digits of your IP address after nine months (184.108.40.206 becomes 139.45.89.xxx). After I figured out a minor hack to do this, any IP address older than nine months can be untraceable from my site logs. Because I have both zero outside interest, and zero inside inclination to do this, I haven’t been able to keep up running this utility. I doubt most websites bother scrubbing their logs like this anyhow.
Is Other Letter a profit or a not-for-profit entity?
Other Letter is currently a not-for-profit — it has never made a dime. This reflects my desire for a non-commercial oasis. Considering the cost of living in America though, and the level of effort required to keep this going, I still harbor hopes I can make, or at least supplement, an income from this. For this reason, in part, Other Letter is incorporated — which explains the “OtherLetter.com” and not the “OtherLetter.org”.
What would be acceptable revenue generated by Other Letter? I never want content on here that appears as sincere and non-commercial writing, when in fact, it is corporate froth. If I placed ads on here, or had an agency place them, I would need to provide input in what was advertised. Black hat, evil industrialists or financiers out to make a fast buck, teamed with Other Letter, would quickly fail as business partners.
The History of the Other Letter
This is how the story has always been told: The name of Other Letter was chosen because a family, or friends, were seated around a computer monitor looking at this web site. They would be nudging, clamoring, or desperately shoving, each other out of the way to read and point out their favorite letter, saying “No, not that letter, the other letter.” Those are the dreams as they were dreamt, because without dreaming dreams, how will the dreams you never dreamed ever come true?
The Other Letter is a Type “S” Corporation. As implied on Other Letter’s banner, I have yet to make a dime. Why incorporate? Because to exercise one’s First Amendment right to freedom of expression one needs the financial protections of incorporation. The best way for a proprietor to survive any libel lawsuit, however frivolous, is through incorporation. The bad guys can only come after my company assets, not me. Essentially, they would be mounting a legal assault against an aging Dell desktop PC.
Illustration Credits and Attribution
Several, Photoshop-enhanced images are posted without a byline. I would like to do so, but Google, and other search engines, lists them without one, nor do I know the photogs attribution policy, if any. If anyone wants credit, or wants them pulled off, especially the photographer, please let me know.
If you would like to sue me for posting your photo of Trump, please keep in mind that I have yet to make a dime off of this web site. Also keep in mind that you are only entitled to a one photo slice of a manuscript pie making no money. Even if Other Letter made me richer than Trump, the Fair Use Doctrine explicitly protects me from a legal standpoint.