DMCA From Hell (PDF) and Bitacle Update

Previously, I promised that once I received word from Google regarding my DMCA notice that I would post it (sans sensitive information). I’m making good on that promise now.

The DMCA Notice from Hell (PDF)

You will notice that, in the notice, I have removed all of Bitacle’s links. Since Google can access PDFs, I didn’t want to risk their links being picked up via this letter.

I hope that this helps in some way. If anyone wants to use it as a template for their own they are definitely free to.

Bitacle Update

In other news, I am noticing some strange behavior on the Bitacle site itself. Most of the ads on it are gone.

Visiting an individual page (see screenshot) no longer displays the deluge of ads (including one banner above and below the content). Now only one ad displays is a block ad next to the comment form (see screenshot).

Whether this has anything to do with my notice or not I do not know. I, like everyone else, will just have to wait and see what Google has to say.

Still, it is very interesting.

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6 Responses to DMCA From Hell (PDF) and Bitacle Update

  1. I now see zero ads on my posts on bitacle. Nice work, Jonathan.

    I wonder who they will partner with next for their advertising? Any ideas about advertising companies whose ethics match bitacle's?

  2. JB says:

    Plain Jane Mom,

    I'm still seeing the ads next to the comment form. However, if Bitacle is a large site it could be that they are removing it piece by piece. What you saw might be a preview of what's to come.

    Still waiting on a word from Google.

    As far as who might match their ethics? My gut says to look overseas but no names jump out at me right now. The problem is that the advertisers will likely balk at Bitacle's practices, making it prudent for an ad network to steer clear.

    In that regard, look for advertisers that might bite. Gambling took a huge hit with the U.S. banning online gambling and won't likely invest, despite Bitacle's high overseas presence. That only leave pornography and other spammable services.

    If they don't simply try a switch to a new network (and get another beating) or shut down altogether, look for them to shack up with a shady advertising partner or partners. That's my hunch.

    Of course, I could be wrong.

  3. I now see zero ads on my posts on bitacle. Nice work, Jonathan.

    I wonder who they will partner with next for their advertising? Any ideas about advertising companies whose ethics match bitacle’s?

  4. JB says:

    Plain Jane Mom,

    I’m still seeing the ads next to the comment form. However, if Bitacle is a large site it could be that they are removing it piece by piece. What you saw might be a preview of what’s to come.

    Still waiting on a word from Google.

    As far as who might match their ethics? My gut says to look overseas but no names jump out at me right now. The problem is that the advertisers will likely balk at Bitacle’s practices, making it prudent for an ad network to steer clear.

    In that regard, look for advertisers that might bite. Gambling took a huge hit with the U.S. banning online gambling and won’t likely invest, despite Bitacle’s high overseas presence. That only leave pornography and other spammable services.

    If they don’t simply try a switch to a new network (and get another beating) or shut down altogether, look for them to shack up with a shady advertising partner or partners. That’s my hunch.

    Of course, I could be wrong.

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