After getting no satisfaction in my effort to get a Blogger.com website taken down which assumes my identity in order to savage my beliefs, I have consulted an intellectual property attorney and plan to send this letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt outlining my case against the site:
Dr. Eric Schmidt
1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy
Mountain View, CA 94043
Dear Dr. Schmidt,
I have unsuccessfully appealed to Blogger Help regarding a fraudulent Blogger website, Little Dickie’s Diaper Droppings, which impersonates and defames me using pornographic and hateful language (complaint #129709468). Initially, the site also displayed images of me in violation of my copyright rights. Though Blogger has removed those images, the site is deeply invasive of my privacy and defames me by assuming my identity.
Here are some representative samples of its egregious nature:
1. the blog URL is ‘richardsilversteins.blogspot.com,’ which is my name.
2. the contact e mail address provided is a fake address also using my name email@example.com
3. Here’s a pornographic quotation placed into my mouth: “When I get “religious” then I just stroke my penis to see what comes out.”
4. More quotations from the About Me page:
“I am a third-rate subliterate pretending to be an intellectual
Why am I so stupid?
As a Jewish blogger, I hope you can understand how deeply hurtful it is to have a fraudulent website proclaim in my name that my favorite book is one of the most anti-Semitic books ever written: Mein Kampf. And as a Jew who supports Israel, you can also imagine the pain caused by someone writing in my own voice that I wish to “destroy Israel.” There are visitors to this blog who will actually think that the disgusting words and ideas put into my mouth are things I believe.
This website violates the following Blogspot.com terms of service:
“You agree to not use the Service to: (a) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;…(c) impersonate any person or entity… (e) upload, post or otherwise transmit any Content that infringes any…copyright or other proprietary rights of any party…”
I have asked my blog readers to flag this site for objectionable content and a number have. I have also asked them to register a complaint with Blogger over the site. I have written about this matter at my own blog and not had very kind things to say about Blogger.
I have already made one good-faith effort to get Blogger to take down this site and failed. This is my second attempt. If this fails, then I will consult with my attorney about my legal remedies including suing both the creator of this blog and Blogger.com for infliction of great emotional pain and distress on me and my family.
Please ask the senior staff at Blogger to remove this site. It not only defames me, it does Blogger’s reputation a great disservice. I will be posting this letter at my blog and whatever response you should choose to provide. I hope it will be a positive one so I can inform my readers of how decent and responsive a company both Blogger and Google are.
People often come to me as an experienced blogger and ask about which platforms they should choose. Should anyone ask me about Blogger and the company continues to refuse to take down this site, I will have an excellent and very personal reason for turning them away from using Blogger.
Hoping for redress,
First, I think you’re an ass. While you may not hate Israel and the Jewish people, you are a “useful idiot”, who plays into the hands of our mortal enemies.
However, if you want results on getting that blog taken down, you’re probably better off having a lawyer write the letter.
Richard Silverstein says
First, I want to say that yours is one of the most unique & creative comments ever written by any commenter here. The very same stupid words have been used countless times by jerks as lame as you or worse. So thanks for breaking new ground. Don’t you lame-os ever come up with anything interesting to say?
Though thanks for the advice about the lawyer though I’d already mentioned I’ve consulted one & will continue to do so. I may actually have this letter sent by a lawyer on firm stationery.
Someone that agrees but doesn't use Google's says
I think it’s great that you want to take down a blog that’s using your name and your pictures without your permission. As public as a blog may be, it’s still YOURS and we should not let people violate our rights just because we’re online.
Having said that, what I don’t understand if the following: If I don’t want people messing with my privacy I do not use Google’s blog (and I don’t even want to chance it). Because the fact that you can bann anonymous people from making comments or deleting the comments that you consider offensive, insulting, abusive……. doesn’t change the fact that anyone can read what you’re writing and write about it or against it or do whatever in another blog.
Google is not the only one with blogging service:
I can relate and have mentioned you in my most recent blog post.
Richard Silverstein says
Thanks, Rose. I left a long comment at that post about my experience. We victims of Blogger.com cyber-bullies have to stick together. Sorry to hear of yr own victimization.
Nick Chaleunphone says
I too am a Victim of a blogger who is cyber bullying me and that Blogger.com is helping them at the same time.
Let me know if you want to join me in a lawsuit against them. Apparently a breaech of contract lawsuit was cleared by a federal judge recently for incidences just like this. Google has done the same thing to me. I have requested that a web site pretending to be me be taken down on four occassions. I even called Google and was refused telephone contact with anyone who could help me. The Operator just told me she had “not contact for any managers” and to “just use the online form.” These jerks even have my driver’s license photo ID now. And no doubt forwarded it to the perp who is harrassing and threatening me.