Written by Noemi Lardizabal-Dado. Re-posted from here.
It is rare for me to rant in my blog unless of course, there is a positive resolution in the end. I also believe that when I have problems with services or products, I give the business owners or officers a way out. Ranting without doing anything about it is just not my cup of tea. In most cases, my bitch powers work and I often get satisfactory results. Being married to a lawyer, I often hear my husband say that one should try amicable settlement before filing a suit. Our courts are swamped with thousands and upon thousands of court cases that have yet to be resolved years later.
I also don’t believe in pulling strings to get my message across. I feel that one should start with the persons involved before bringing it to the highest officer or persons involved in my complaint.
As a blogger, I often encounter copyright infringement. We, of course, know that most of the blogs are hosted in servers based in the US where Digital Millennium Copyright Act (”DMCA”) is strictly enforced. A Friendster Blogger even stole my personal entries to make it come off as hers. Two bloggers copied off my recipes complete with photos hotlinked to my server. In cases, like these, one should get hold of the host and report the violation in a specified format. In 24 hours (except for blogger.com because they want the complaint mailed), the entry is removed. Oh yeah, Friendster makes it hard to report copyright violations.
I also choose my battles.
My entry does not end with TJ Manotoc or ABS CBN.
Lesson learned: Always be aware of what you publish on the net. Also, if someone uses your art, takes credit for your work or does not credit your work, find the proper authorities to whom you can complain. Do not take it lying down because your work and your image is important. Of course, you must first contact the person/company who used your work without credit/permission. When that does not turn up anything useful, like the person/company refuses to acknowledge their mistake, then you take it to higher authorities.