udon thani gecko
I had posted some photos in this post of both Gecko Villa and its sister retreat, Green Gecko, that I had taken from their respective websites. I had also included some of the text on those websites that described these two locations.
And of course, I had linked to their websites so that anyone interested in them might visit the websites to learn more.
In my mind, I naively thought that I was probably giving them some free advertising, but didn’t at all mind. After all, there was no harm being done.
Well, today — October 22, 2014 — HostGator sent me an E-mail as follows:
We have received a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) complaint involving domains under your control. Please note that Hostgator has only passed on the sufficiency of the Claimant’s notice, per 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512, and has not sought to determine whether the Infringing Materials on the Web Site do indeed infringe upon the Claimant’s intellectual property rights.
Within a forty-eight (48) hour period, we will need you to remove, or disable access to, the material that is claimed to be infringing or we will have to disable this material to be in compliance with federal DMCA laws. A copy of the original DMCA notice is listed below our contact information.
Under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, your rights as a Respondent to this complaint include, but are not limited to, a possible counter-notification to us, per 17 U.S.C. Sec. 512(g)(3). We encourage you to review the federal statutory procedures for filing a counter-notification and seeking legal advice to see if taking such an action would be appropriate. We cannot provide individual legal advice, and do not analyze your particular website or activity for the legality of its content.
You may send a counter-notification using postal mail or fax; email is not accepted. …
HostGator also included an attachment of the file that had been delivered to them — basically, it opened as follows:
My name is Bongkot Podaeng and I am the owner of Gecko Villa (geckovilla.com) and Green Gecko (thaivillarent.com). A website that your company owns and hosts (according to WHOIS information) is infringing on copyrights owned by me.
The original text and photos to which we own the exclusive copyright, may be found at our respective sites, www.geckovilla.com and www.thaivillarent.com.
The unauthorized and infringing texts and images can be found at the following URLs: …
And a list of their own advertising text that I had included — along with four photos — were identified.
Well, I certainly had no argument — the material was owned as claimed.
But I had never tried to indicate otherwise — I was simply describing the two villas or retreats with their own material, and I was also including the website links for anyone to click through and follow up on, should a reader be interested in doing so.
Why not contact me directly about it? I’m normally reasonable and approachable — after all, I’m just an old age pensioner with considerable debt, and a tiny pension that’s never going to get me out of it.
Why rather than contact me, instead go and lodge a Digital Millennium Copyright Act complaint against me?
I feel considerable offense over this heavy-handed tact.
And I most definitely know where I will never make plans to stay, should the means one day become available to me to make such a stay possible.
Anyway, I removed the infringing text and images. Heck, I even removed a Gecko Villa YouTube video that I had posted at the bottom of this post, even though no mention was made of it — I don’t need a complaint about its existence here, too!
That’s all I will say.
udon thani gecko
Here are some references to the term “Udon Thani gecko” that I added here in an August 19 (2012) post edit. One of them is to a description of a few actual geckos:
Gecko Villa on the Udon Thani map. Satellite image of Udon Thani, Thailand and near destinations. Travel deals.
Green Gecko on the Udon Thani map. Satellite image of Udon Thani, Thailand and near destinations. Travel deals.
Udon Thani, Thailand Vacation Rentals – This spacious property is set in extensive grounds with a delightful garden & private pool. Stays include free meals & transfers. A real experience of Thailand’s heartlands! Please visit our own site for …
Udon Thani, Thailand Vacation Rentals – Green Gecko – an unusual hoilday away from the tourist crowds in the little travelled Northeastearn heartlands of Thailand. Fully catered, and offering an excellent opportunity to blend with the locals.
MotoWhere enables motorcyclists to discover the best places to ride. Be it offroad, twisty mountain passes, or long distance cruising, MotoWhere puts the best riding on the map – worldwide.
Green Gecko – Ferienhaus Udon Thani Um Chan: Eingebettet zwischen typischen kleinen Dörfern, mitten auf dem Lande, liegt das Ferienhaus Green Gecko (im Stil eines thailändischen Tempel-Komplexes) umgeben von Reisfeldern.
thai villas eco. 2. Gecko Villa, nestled in paddy fields in the Isaan Plateu. Gecko Villa Thailand. 3. Green Gecko, Isaan, about 30 minutes from Udon Thani airport. 4. Faasai Resort and Spa, Kung Wiman. Eco resorts Thailand …
The one below was minding its own business in a cave outside of Udonthani when I hit it with my flash, although it didn’t flinch at the time. I did, shortly thereafter, … The most common nocturnal gecko – this one in Chiang Mai …
Green Gecko is a traditionally Thai-styled villa, offering fully catered holiday stays of two nights or more in the heart of Thailand’s Northeast, near Udon Thani. Discover… More. Udon Thani/Nong Han, 7500 THB, added in Vacation rentals …
Gecko Villa (http://www.geckovilla.com/) is owned by a westerner but run by a Thai family, Ten and Ann. They have 2 sets of twins, all boys, two of whom are 18 and go to boarding school in Udon Thani and two of whom are …
Gecko Villa is located in Udon Thani province and sits on spacious private grounds, with a large private swimming pool and wooden deck looking out over meadows, woodlands and rice paddies. This tranquil Thai vacation rental offers you the …
… of the house and swimming pool. Gecko Villa is located about 20kms southeast of Udon Thani, near Ban Koke Lante, Gumphawapee in A. Prajak Sinlapakom, Udorn in Thailand’s Northeast (generally referred to as Isaan, Isan, or Esan).Publish Date: 11/01/2010 4:44