I've no desire to have Daniel Brandt banned from here (to what end??) though I wish he'd stop his petty vendettas against those who he feels cross him. You've heard that part before ...
Let's be more clear about who is harassing whom, in the context of me vs. Wikipedia. If you like you can go back nearly three years to get more perspective on this.
Just two days ago my DNS provider (which is entirely separate from the hosting providers for the dedicated servers I lease) received this email. My DNS provider sent me the extended headers that I requested, which show that it came from Perth, Australia. There's a guy in Perth who is 23 years old and studying law, and thinks he knows something about copyright. He was blocking me from IRC two years ago, and is still active on various Wikipedia-related IRC channels. He's an admin who's been on hivemind for a long time, and uses his real name (I presume) on his user page.
Although my evidence so far is circumstantial, I think he's the one who sent this. But I'm not sure because I always thought this guy was smarter than to pull a stunt that's this crude.
What would you do in response to this if your DNS provider forwarded it to you and said, "Please take appropriate action"?
Assuming that I can confirm that this guy is the one who sent it, how about a complaint letter to Mike Godwin? A letter to Freenode? A letter to some dean at the place in Perth where he's studying law?
Received: from 188.8.131.52
(SquirrelMail authenticated user firstname.lastname@example.org)
by webmail.loopaustralia.com with HTTP;
Mon, 4 Aug 2008 05:31:39 -0700 (PDT)
Date: Mon, 4 Aug 2008 05:31:39 -0700
To who this may concern,
One of your users who you provide hosting for has been hosting
legally confidential and privileged information on their site without
the written permission of the copyright owners. The owner of
http://www.wikipedia-watch.org/ has been hosting confidential chat
logs from wikimedia foundation chat rooms. These chat rooms are social
channels however, users occasionally discuss and circulate information
which is of a private nature. This is why, the channel holds a strict
"no public logging" rule. It is for this reason, I am requesting
you take all chat logs under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act
(17 U.S.C. 512, 1201-1205, 1301-1332; 28 U.S.C. 4001).
I hereby swear under penalty of perjury on behalf of the members
of wikimedia foundation channels that, I am acting on behalf of the
members in a legal way and request you take down all relevant chat
logs from http://www.wikipedia-watch.org/irc-logs
My response to my DNS provider:
Thanks for forwarding this email to me. If you wish to pursue
this, please send me the full headers so that I can look for
the originating IP address. They got replaced with your own
headers when you forwarded it.
This complaint appears to be a hoax. I can find no evidence of
a "Ryan West" who is associated with Wikipedia, or with the
Wikimedia Foundation, which is the legal owner of Wikipedia.
Moreover, the owner of the IRC chat room in question is Freenode,
not the Wikimedia Foundation. Freenode lets Wikipedia run several
channels on their network.
Also, if there is a "Ryan West" then he may be able to claim
copyright on his own postings, but not on any other postings
in those logs. Each poster would only be able to claim copyright
on his or her own posts. My logs include an exhaustive search
engine, and I can find no postings that are identified as coming
from a "Ryan West". Neither the Wikimedia Foundation nor Freenode
has legal standing to claim copyright on the logs I have posted on
Finally, it is doubtful whether the drivel that comes from any
particular chat room participant is even something that is covered
under copyright law.