The H-Net Discussion Network on Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association had requested blog posts on the various sessions that people on the listserv attended. Specifically this was posted by J. Brian Wagaman, senior list editor. I sent the URL to my blog posts and Dr. Peter Rollins, one of the co-founders of PCAACA, wrote back saying he liked them. (I wrote about his response on TCE and he was talking specifically about my PCA/ACA 2011 blog posts.)
I have recently had two requests to take down blog posts about Popular Culture panels I attended.
Dear Dr. Davis,
I apologize for the randomness of this email, but it came to my attention that my presentation ideas from the recent PCA/ACA conference are posted on your blog. While I sincerely appreciate your interest in my work, the talk was a part of a publication I am working on and hope to find a home for soon. Because of this, I ask that you kindly remove the ideas pertaining to my paper from your blog.
Thanks so much for your understanding.
Author’s first and last name
Followed by author’s position at the university.
I am sorry you won’t get to read the post, because she had an interesting presentation. However, she was polite and collegial and I have TCE here to be a help and not a harm. While I think that blog posts are more persuasive, since it says people are interested in your topic, I respected her request.
I just discovered that a summary of my presentation at the PCA/ACA conference has been posted on your blog. (“Name of the Blog Post Redacted”)
This is a serious and unauthorized violation of my intellectual property rights. Please remove this information from the web immediately.
You do not have the authority or permission to reproduce and disseminate my ideas. My presentation contains research that I am currently developing for publication, and your use/distribution of my contents without permission is theft. The images you reproduced are also copyright protected.
Please do not force me to contact the other presenters, the program director, your employer, and my institution’s lawyer about this legal and ethical breach. Also, please respond ASAP that you have received this message.
Author’s first and last name, Ph.D.
I’m going to tell you more about this later, but right now my hands are shaking and my heart is pounding and I got the latter email over forty-eight hours ago.
I’d love to know your take on these emails.
FYI: I made both posts private.
If this sounds familiar, it’s because you are a regular reader here and remember the Live Blogging kerfuffle from the CCTE conference in March. Hmmm. Maybe all conferences which are supporting/encouraging live blogging should put that in their conference program and provide labeled tables for bloggers (like MLA, from which I got no confused folks asking me to take posts down).
Update: This has been edited to give the link to the request for blog posts on PCAACA.