1.5 million Teacher/Student Blogs Taken Down by a Single DMCA Notice

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Edublogs, a service that hosts 1.45 million educational blogs, had all 1.45 million of them taken offline for 12 hours because of a hosting misinterpretation of a DMCA notice.

Edublogs was sent a DMCA notice from well known education publisher Pearson Publishing over some content published by a teacher in 2007 for their book. The notice pertained to Edublogs, which hosts 1.45 million education-related blogs with ServerBeach, and it focused on an entry from a teacher in 2007.

According to James Farmer, edublogs CEO,, who talked about the events on one of his company websites, WPMU.org, ServerBeach informed Edublogs about the alleged violation, and Edublogs says it quickly took down the allegedly infringing content. Despite this, ServerBeach took down the one blog that hosted the content and also the entire 1.45 million blogs hosted on Edublogs as a reaction to DMCA law.

Since the event, Farmer and SeverBeach have been in communication about coming to a friendly resolution that seems to have stemmed from an unfortunate hole in copyright application.

For more on the takedown, read recent posts from Boing Boing, Tech Dirt, and Ars Technica. Additional questions should be directed at edublogs founder James Farmer at the email james(at)incsub(dot)com.

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