Thursday, December 08, 2005


The BooYahoo! Shop was not open for 20 minutes before we received an e-mail stating the images were being pulled for "copyright review." CafePress has over 2 million shops. They do not do this unless acted upon by an outside force. Clearly, Yahoo! is watching. The moment I posted the link on my blog, someone at Yahoo! called CafePress to have the image pulled. That is the only possible cause. I'm impressed (and, in an odd way, complimented) by Yahoo!'s speed of action.

No blame goes to CafePress. They are not in the litigation business.

So Yahoo!'s attitude toward censorship has not changed. Fine, I'll find another way to print the T-shirts-that-would-surely-topple-the-Yahoo!-empire ...

Sorry for the false alarm. Stay tuned.


Anonymous Jonathan said...

>Clearly, Yahoo! is watching.

Actually more likely a script is watching, either at CafeShops or at Yahoo legal.

It's not that hard to craft spiders or agents that will look for the use of specific names someone might use. Cafeshops has to be really careful to make sure they aren't inadvertently allowing people to put up copyrighted material for sale. I would not be suprised in the least to find out Cafepress looks for alot of big names, like Apple, Epson, Yahoo, Google, etc., and the moment one of those names goes up into the system it gets flagged for a human screener to verify if there are potential copyright violations. I wouldn't presume anything nefarious, just something protecting Cafepress.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

You might be right; I hadn't considered that.

9:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you aware of any implications to your use of the BooYahoo logo or of using company logos on my Wall Of Shame? (sorry to be a pest, paranoia will do that to a person).

2:30 PM  

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