Wednesday, March 24, 2010

the facts...

mr. alkhateeb:

you need to stop using my socialism obama joker art. you have made quite a name for yourself by lying to the press and stroking your ego with your false agenda. you have lied in every interview you've given... i've saved them all and each time you've slipped up by making statements that are easily proven to be false... you've caught yourself by not being consistent with your comments.

you are also using my 'socialism' artwork selling it on your cafepress store... and you are a blatent liar because you are selling the very artwork you claim in your interviews an "unknown" artist created in california... you are stepping into dangerous legal territory by making those statements and then opening a store selling my artwork.

and yes i went on and bought one as PROOF you are selling my artwork there. i have a receipt and the low res shit version you are selling. i am sorry to tell you but the large pdf version i hold and control and you did not seek or have permission to sell my artwork (artwork you have yourself identified as the artist "unknown" in your own words...

can you explain how you have the right to sell my version? why aren't you {not} selling the version you created, with the time elements you yourself also admitted you created? because you know if you do that time/warner and platon would have enough of a case against you.

you should have gotten your story straight before you tried ripping off my art and the "socialism" poster was made famous here in los angeles by me and the world knows it... let's hear your lie about how you came to los angeles in the dark of night to post them... i'd love to hear that fantasy. in every interview you've done you've slipped up. spread your bat wings and fly out here, stupid.

and your claims of being a dennis kucinich supporter is also laughable. i know and you know... your playing politics. stroking your ego at the expense of artwork you added the time elements to is all you did. you are actually violating time and platon copyrights by adding what i removed... you are leaving yourself open for a lawsuit from them if they were to pursue you for putting the time text 'back' on artwork when i removed it all for my parody version.

you also have wikipedia fooled pretty good. using my socialism version there as well... you really are a rip off thief and a liar... i guess you don't know what the truth is do you? what does alex jones have to do with abusing my artwork? getting one of his moronic minions to post that on a post office building was completely stupid and actually could have opened up federal charges for defacing a public federal building. you people aren't too bright are you?

your ego is your problem... and i can tell you i am not going to let you get away with your fraud. and by filling false "counter copyright" claims leaves you open for another set of problems. how stupid do you have to be to think this is going to work? and you're hatred for the israelis is evident as well.

you need to contact me. and legal threats won't work. i am calling your muslim ass out into public forum for the leech you are. got it? filing false copyright 'counter claims' also shows just how moronic you are.

what an idiot...


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From: Firas Alkhateeb <>
To: Yahoo! Copyright <>
Subject: Obama the Joker Image DMCA Counter Notification

Abigain Phillips, Copyright Agent

c/o Yahoo, Inc.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94089
August 29, 2009

RE: Mistaken Removal

Dear Abigain Phillips, Copyright Agent;

Please find attached to this letter a list of material removed by you pursuant to 17 U.S.C. Section 512. I have a good faith belief that this material was removed or disabled in error as a result of mistake or misidentification of the material. I declare that this is true and accurate under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America. For the purposes of this matter, I consent to the jurisdiction of the Federal District Court for the judicial district in which I reside. I also consent to service of process by the person providing notification under Section 512(c)(1)(C) or that person' agent.

However, by this letter, I do not waive any other rights, including the ability to pursue an action for the removal or disabling of access to this material, if wrongful. Having complied with the requirements of Section 512(g)(3), I remind you that you must now replace the blocked or removed material and cease disabling access to it within fourteen business days of your receipt of this notice. Please notify me when this has been done. I appreciate your prompt attention to this matter. If you have any questions about this notice, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Firas Alkhateeb
5222 W Montrose Ave #2
Chicago IL 60641

*Description of the Material *

The image that was taken down from my Flickr account was an artistic edit of an image of President Barack Obama made to look as the Joker from Batman. The image had his face painted in the style of the Joker with white paint over his face, black circles around the eyes, and red paint across his mouth. At the top of the image was the Time magazine title as the image had originally been a Time magazine cover. The original image could be found on my Flickr Photostream at The image was mistakenly taken down after a DMCA notification was filed by a party not involved in the image in any way. The image is Fair Use as it is a political commentary involving someone who holds public office in the United States which is protected under the First Ammendment of the Constitution.


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It is not a matter of ethics. Plagiarism, dmca copyright abuse.