Sunday, April 30, 2006

Heads up - AOL seems to block Gmail

Technical details of permanent failure:
TEMP_FAILURE: SMTP Error (state 12): 421-: (RLY:CS4)

Here's the explanation from the above URL:


This error message indicates that your email has been identified as coming from a server or web site that may have a compromised script or program available.


Please contact the server administrator or hosting provider for additional assistance.

Providers: This error message will allow the offending emails to stay in your mail queue. This will give you the opportunity to look at the offending mail, which should assist you in tracking down the compromised script.

I don't think I'm the only person experiencing this. Any idea on how this can be fixed? Good luck, folks.

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Cause for concern?

UPDATE (6.12.06): I just followed up on the site mentioned below and am happy to report that it has been taken over by a link site and appears to be "dead". This is good news for all of us. I will continue to keep this one in my watchdog list until it is completely gone.

As everyone should know by now I am a staunch supporter of free speech and the rights of the individual. However, that does not mean I live in an ivory tower either. I completely understand the base nature of man and his inclinations towards evil. Having said all that I have noticed something lately that I thought worthy of attention and some cause for concern. During the last week I have noticed, along with other bloggers, a new commentor popping up on mostly female blogs with an interesting name. Anytime you see the name "rapist" in comments you have to be curious. On checking out this new bloggers website, which is I Rape for Fun, or Forced Entry the cause for some concern becomes obvious. The posts gleefully recount forced rape scenario's either real or imagined. Personally such conduct does nothing but sicken me. But that's me. Again, I am not here to make judgement calls, only to alert you to this current issue and what is going on. I believe, at the very least, that this deserves to be watched. And that we as a community need to be aware of it. Forewarned is forearmed I suppose.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

What Do You Do When Someone Steals Your Content (Lorelle on WP)

Having been the target of copyright thieves, and working with writers, authors, and photographers on copyright protection and laws for over 25 years, I thought I’d talk a little about what to do when someone steals your content.

First, you noticed that I didn’t say “if” someone steals your content. That was on purpose. With the glut of information on the Internet, it’s now a matter of “when” not “if”.

The first step in learning about what you can do when someone steals your content is to know that it will happen, so the more prepared and informed you are, the better your chances of prevention and having a plan in place when they steal.

As the number of websites and blogs grow, especially splogs, the demand for content puts more pressure on website administrators, who may resort to stealing content in order to fill space on their sites and attract traffic. Website hijacking, as such an example, is on the rise. This is the blatant use of part or all of your site’s content on another site without permission. This is also a copyright violation and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

If your wallet, car, or purse is stolen, or your home robbed, you have the police, security, and insurance companies to call to help you recover your goods and get compensation. If your content is stolen, who can you turn to for help and aid?

Unfortunately, until an agency is established to defend your creative rights, most of the fight is up to you. Don’t be overwhelmed by the thought. I hope to make the process of recovering your stolen material simple to understand and easy to implement.