A balanced look at the controversial copyright case brought against Andy Baio by Jay Maisel. Baio was forced to settle out of court, paying millionnaire Maisel over $32k, as he couldn’t afford the cost of defending his fair use case.
Until this evening I used the Tumblr service to post my random thoughts, links, photos, but deleted my account there following a photo of my 6 month old son being reposted on someone else’s blog without permission. That alone wouldn’t be enough for me to delete my account, but when I asked Tumblr support whether or not it was possible to opt-out of these kind of reblogs, either globally or on a post-by-post basis (ideal) so that users could control where their content appeared, and their response was to tell me to make my blog private. That to me defeats the purpose of having a blog and is a cop-out on their behalf, taking the easy option instead of giving creators control over their content on the service. So I voted with my feet and left, which brings me here to a new beginning. I know I could have imported my Tumblr content over, but I didn’t see the point. I’ll start again fresh, and possibly even take a different direction – though I doubt that, but we’ll see.
Update: December 03, 2012
Following the blocking of IFTTT from being able to post to Posterous, and the removal of Posterous as a share option on Instagram, I’ve moved this blog over to a self-hosted WordPress installation once again. As those two methods of posting are the primary ways that I keep this blog updated it’s no longer feasible to stay, sadly.
On this occasion I have imported the content over, as I wasn’t prepared to lose a couple of years worth of past post content yet again.
To all who follow this blog, thank you for your continuing support!