I wrote about Ares Rights last week, criticizing (again) their use of frivolous DMCA takedown notices to attempt to remove content criticizing their firm or government officials in Ecuador and Argentina.
Ares Rights, answering my prayers, has now sent a frivolous DMCA takedown notice demanding the removal of my entire post, citing my alleged violation of Spanish privacy law for posting their address (which I didn’t).. That’s right: Ares Rights is using an abusive DMCA notice to attempt to take down my post criticizing their use of DMCA notices to take down criticism of their censorious DMCA notices. When you recover from reading that sentence, the DMCA notice (and my response) is below.
Update (9/3/2014): Ares actually sent three takedown notices at the same time, but my tech guy was laughing so hard at the first that he missed the other two, which are even more funny. As far as I can tell, the other two are identical, and based on the same, purposefully flawed logic (and content) of the takedown notice sent to Ecuadorian outlet PlanV. The second and third DMCA — that is, Digital Millennium Copyright Act — notices claim that my use of this image, which had been created and posted by PlanV, constitutes trademark infringement:
To make transparent their purposes, Ares Rights’ Luis Martinez says in these notices (“client” referring to me):
Your client acts as bad faith, since my logo is recognizable brand. Now,
your client makes a word game.
Your client acts in bad faith.
My tech guy had, thankfully, not yet sent my counter-notice. So I’ve updated it with some more word games.