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DMCA Takedown Notice For a Fake ID 563

TrippTDF writes "Rachel Hyman, an artist and bartender in New York City, maintains a blog where she regularly posts images of fake IDs she confiscates from would-be underage drinkers, along with a description of the confiscation. Recently, one of her posts (Google cache) was taken down when the owner of the fake ID invoked the DMCA against Blogspot. Can one claim a forged document as a copyrighted work of art?"
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DMCA Takedown Notice For a Fake ID

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  • by robbiethefett ( 1047640 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @04:49PM (#19042787)
    ...or land of litigation and bullshit? you decide.
  • by dr_dank ( 472072 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @04:57PM (#19042961) Homepage Journal
    To boot, her name lends itself to a built-in joke while she confiscates some kid's ID:

    In Soviet Russia, Hyman busts YOU!
  • ...yes, you, Ashley Heyer! You could have left it alone, but you went the bratty way and got your gang of Facebook friends and sorority sisters to start a fight with a woman who just might be the coolest bartender ever and now your story is on Slashdot. Congratulations, Ashley! Thanks to the power of Slashdot, your political career will never be able to get this story off the top link in a Google search for your name. Here's to you, Ashley Heyer, you're a real American Hero!

    (hum the theme song as you click the link, folks...)

    http://www.google.com/search?q=ashley+heyer [google.com]
  • by gdav ( 2540 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @05:06PM (#19043129)
    Can't they both lose?
  • Re:hm (Score:5, Funny)

    by WilliamSChips ( 793741 ) <full@infinity.gmail@com> on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @05:23PM (#19043375) Journal
    Considering that Vint Cerf, the real inventor of the Internet, says that Al Gore's claims in the (admittedly not very good) way he worded them were correct, I have only one thing to say: "What's a groovy ex-vice-president?" "An algorithm!"
  • by Danga ( 307709 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @05:38PM (#19043707)
    I agree with you completely except for the part about her being cool... It seems like a 'bit' of a power trip...

    Look upon me and behold the mighty barkeeper... Give the damn idiot his fake back and let them be on their merry way... Posting fakes behind bars or at liquor stores I mean I buy that, its a deterrent but posting it on your blog... doesn't serve anything except self gratification.

    I agree completely.

    Also laws may differ, but just because your id is fake doesn't mean I can steal it from you

    Laws may differ about "stealing" (I would say taking) the fake ID but I think it all comes down to one question:

    "I can take this fake ID, refuse you entrance, and you can be on your merry way or I can call the cops, which do you choose?"

    I know I would have chosen to lose the ID when I was underage over having the police get involved and I think 99% of the people using fake ID's would make the same decision. Plus, if you just give them the fake back it really is not much of a deterent while losing a $100 fake ID will make you think twice about getting one and using it again. Personally I think the drinking age should be lowered to 18 or 19 but that is another conversation and I don't feel like getting into that now.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @06:03PM (#19044207)
    She *may* have been completely in the right, but in the current blog post she has lyrics from a Hall & Oats song. Lyrics! Now the RIAA is going to get their ugly mitts involved.


  • by afaik_ianal ( 918433 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @07:15PM (#19045337)
    You rang?
  • by Lorkki ( 863577 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @07:45PM (#19045703)
    I'm thinking it could just be a typo made while attempting to write "land of opportunism".
  • by PhxBlue ( 562201 ) on Tuesday May 08, 2007 @08:06PM (#19045941) Homepage Journal

    The girl is lame for not just accepting this as a life lesson and moving on, and the bartender is a sad, pathetic, grisled individual who gets off by busting people who use fake IDs. They both need to get a life.

    Here we are, dissecting the whole mess on Slashdot, and you think they need to get a life?

  • by catmistake ( 814204 ) on Wednesday May 09, 2007 @02:09AM (#19048577) Journal
    I have to admit... her abuse of even the limited power she yields really turns me on... We are so lucky that she's so generous to share with the world even a little but of her exciting metro lifestyle.
  • by CmdrGravy ( 645153 ) on Wednesday May 09, 2007 @06:08AM (#19049557) Homepage
    If you're an underage drinker in the UK all you have to do is find the right pub. I think I would have raised numerous red flags in my youth but through choosing the right bar I always got a drink.

    1) The 1st time I was in the bar I was confused by the huge array of beer and asked for a pint with a bit of everything in it - "Er, can I have some of that mild, and er some Bass and some of this one too please ? No, just in the one glass"

    2) We would spend numerous nights in the pub once we'd collectively ran out money sharing half a lager between 8 of us and leaving an inexplicable pile of cans on the floor under the table.

    3) Celebrating the 18th birthday of various members of our group in fine style in the same bar.

    The funniest thing though was on a school camping holiday where we drank in the same bar most nights for 2 weeks, half way through the holiday someone was shouting the police were outside and about to raid the pub so my friend got very nervous ( and was drunk ) and said to the barmaid - "Oh my god, I'm only 16 where can I get out ? Help ! Help !". When he came in the next night and tried to buy a drink from the same bar maid he was very surprised when she refused to serve him. They still let the rest of us buy him drinks though.

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