Rogue copyright claims by self-described extraterrestrial channeler

Tumblr is bending over to claims of copyright violations without giving users a chance to respond. The multiple claims from one New Age organization are disputed by the writers but Tumblr is not allowing them to show proof the work is their own.

Tumblr’s GIF artists are upset, and rightfully so: Their works are being pulled off the Web due to rogue copyright claims signed by a man who claims to have spent the past 30 years channeling an alien from the future.

At least nine artists say that in recent months, their original works have been taken down from Tumblr, replaced by a DMCA notice.

Each of the notices was signed by Darryl Anka or Bashar Communications. And who is Darryl Anka, you might ask? He is, according to his official website, a man chosen as “channel” to Bashar, who’s “of extraterrestrial origin, a friend from the future.” Here’s an example of Anka channeling Bashar, the aforementioned alien confidant.

Source: Tumblr’s biggest copyright troll is a guy who says he knows an alien

A spokesperson for Bashar is quoted as saying it was unintentional and they only filed DMCA requests on legitimate claims but other work got included. However, they seem to have a habit of doing it according to a followup by the Daily Dot.

Some DMCA notices are certainly legitimate. But a logical first step would be to contact the suspected infringing writer and ask for it to be taken down if you can prove it is your work. From DN’s experience, those who go straight to the legal route have a less than thoughtful or logical agenda. It’s not good for Tumblr’s reputation to be so unreasonable and diss their users. But, it doesn’t matter that the underlying interest of the Bashar group is incredibly strange and ridiculous. A claim is a claim. In this case, the claims are well disputed.

Anka’s Bashar site says his cutting-edge philosophy is based on physics and that his perspectives “can change the way you view “reality” and help you get in touch with the beliefs and ideas that are presently guiding your life so that you can change them if you decide to.” He might want to apply some of his DMCA notice preparation time to changing his website. It’s terrible.

  6 comments for “Rogue copyright claims by self-described extraterrestrial channeler

  1. Kevin
    June 30, 2015 at 1:23 PM

    I have a surefire way to change how you see reality. Stand on your head. Probably more effective that Bashar’s, and with a money back guarantee

  2. Ric
    June 30, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    As someone noted on another site, if the claimant were from the future, wouldn’t the claims of original ownership involve images that pre-date the claimant? In other words, if he’s claiming they are his, he is violating a previous copyright. Shouldn’t Tumblr have realized that? Basically, it exposed Tumblr’s claims that all DMCA claims are reviewed by people as either being a false statement or that they are reviewed by idiots. Same thing either way.

  3. John B
    June 30, 2015 at 5:43 PM

    I was only able to stomach a few second’s of “Bashar’s” video. I probably would have watched a little more if he didn’t talk in CapsLock. What I did hear was more of the same old Space Brothers/ NewAge junk I’ve experienced for over 50 years.

  4. Jeff
    July 1, 2015 at 9:16 PM

    Somebody needs to shut off the giant electromagnetic in Sedona attracting the “higher self” crowd. As for Darryl, he talks with his eyes shut so he won’t burst out laughing watching the audience eat his bull manure right up.

  5. Ryan
    July 1, 2015 at 9:20 PM

    I wouldn’t be too hard on tumblr. This is basically how the dmca is intended to work. Issue a takedown, content comes down no questions, the accused has to prove after the fact that there is no infringement. It’s one of many reasons it’s a fundamentally bad law. All
    tumblr is guilty is complying with the law in the simple , automatic way it’s writers intended.

    Now tumblr could have taken added steps to vet dmca claims while technically still fulfilling the requirements of law, or taken a stand by risking violation to handle this shit sensibly. As other sites have. But that creates more risk, a takes more money and people to make it work. Maybe they don’t care, maybe they’re chicken shit, or maybe they can’t make it work any other way.

    Either way this is exactly how dmca takedowns were meant to function. It’s just a numbskull law.

  6. July 1, 2015 at 10:08 PM

    Don’t get me started on Sedona. It’s a glorious place, I’d live there in a heartbeat, woo woo and all.

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