Intellectual Property Law

MEMO Makes A Copyright Claim Against Us

Last night, we received the following correspondence, which will have been occasioned by Uncle Daud Abdullah’s pro-Hamas outfit, the Middle East Monitor:

We have received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement notification regarding content on your web service. The alleged content in violation can be found at the following URL:

As a courtesy, we are informing you about the complaint. You must take necessary measures to remove or disable the alleged content in violation within 48 hours of this notice or we will be forced to
remove or disable the content for you. If you feel that this content does not violate the DMCA, you may file a counter notification. For more information on our DMCA policy, including a printable pdf counter notification form, please visit:

If you have any questions, feel free to let us know.

Best regards,

Lindsay F.
Customer Service

Here is our reply:

We have removed the image.

While we considered displaying the image “fair use” – because it was a political leaflet about which we wrote a critical report – we do not wish to be drawn into a debate about their cynical use of a copyright
statement which is:

“(c) Middle East Media Monitor. This graphic design image is owned by the Middle East Monitor. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of this image graphic design in any form is prohibited without our express permission.”

Therefore we have removed the offending image and replaced it with a *facsimile design*, which we have indicated to readers is not the original. The facsimile was created from scratch by our own graphic artist and in no way uses elements in the original design and thus does not breach their copyright.

We trust this complies with your request.

You can view the original here:

You can view our visual representation of the poster here: