Just this morning, I received an email from “Phil” of WordPress.com explaining that my blog post entitled “Batanes is not anyone’s private playground” has been the subject of a “DMCA Takedown Notice” due to alleged copyright infringement. As a result, it has been set to private, no one can view it, and I have been warned that if I do not completely delete the post, then this entire blog (meaning my WordPress account) would be permanently suspended.
I have been told that if I wish to challenge this, then I would be given information on how to go about it. In the course of our correspondence, it was revealed that the one who initiated the action is a certain “Neil Guanlao”. The claim was that the entire post is his and that I merely copied it. Preposterous.
What this “Neil Guanlao” did, was create an entirely new blog (which so far has only 3 entries), copy-paste my entire post, and pass the latter off as his. His proof? He ante-dated his own entry to make it look like he was the first one who posted it. My proof that he did this? My post makes reference to past entries which simply don’t exist in his “blog”. And besides, his image link was even taken from MY Photobucket account. Check it out: —> http://i-live-to-write.blogspot.com/2013/02/batanes-is-not-anyones-private.html
Now, I have my doubts as to whether this “Neil Guanlao” is a real person or if it’s just a cover for someone who is interested in blocking access to that particular post of mine, which obviously ruffled someone’s feathers. If you have been able to read before, you would know that the natural suspect would a certain Cris Reyes Galang whom I had a disagreement with. Frankly, no one out there would be spiteful enough to initiate such a pathetic attempt at saving face.
So Cris Reyes Galang, I’m calling you out. Own up to this action or deny it in public. Tell everyone that you have nothing to do with this, then I’ll get off your case. (But if it turns out that it is indeed you, then this stunt of yours will be a recurring subject of my condescension. That, I can assure you.)
For the meantime, I am making a formal challenge as per the guidelines provided by WordPress. Anyone who hasn’t read the post yet and would wish to do so, leave a comment below, and I’ll send you a text version of the post. What I’ve written there is something I believe in and I’m willing to risk being banned by WordPress.com just so more people would be able to read it.
(P.S.: As much as I’d like to think this is just an April Fool’s joke, I do not take too well to stifling my self-expression.)