When Pearson objected to a blog that republished some of its work, it took the haystack with the needle.
The giant education publisher spotted a teacher’s weblog powered by the Edublogs network had, in 2007, published its copyrighted Beck’s Hopelessness Scale, a questionnaire designed to diagnose pessimism.
Pearson in September served a DMCA takedown notice to Edublogs’ hosting company ServerBeach, which responded by freezing not just the individual blog in question but Edublogs’ entire network of 1.45 million teaching blogs.
Amongst that contrition, Pearson appears to blame the hosting company for overreacting to its takedown request.
Yet Edublogs founder James Farmer has now sweetened on ServerBeach after its general manager contacted him directly to say: “My General Counsel and I are actively working together to revisit the escalation notification policies of our Abuse department in general”.
Edublogs is one of the most popular blog hosting suites powered by the multi-blog software branch formerly known as WordPressMU (“multi-user”).