“Yesterday afternoon Google disabled my blog and took it offline.” The quote you just read was part of a statement issued on Artist Dennis Cooper’s Facebook Page where he lamented on how his blog was deleted by Google-owned Blogger.com.
The full statement on his Facebook Page reads:
“Yesterday afternoon Google disabled my blog and took it offline. They did the same with my email account. Other than being shown a general ‘violation of our terms of service’ statement, I have been given no explanation for this, and I have not received any response to my questions and complaints thus far. Obviously, until or if this problem is resolved, there will be no new blog posts.”
Cooper’s Blogger blog was deleted by Google on June 27, and the artists has not been able to access it ever since. According to the artist, his blog as well as his email address have been blocked. What makes it so horrifying for the artist is the fact that the blog contained over a decade of his artwork.
No detailed explanation has been provided yet by Google other than displaying “Sorry, the blog at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs.” Cooper says he is at a loss as to exact reason why his blog was removed by Google. However, it is possible that one of Google’s policies has been violated by the artist.
Cooper uses his free blog on Blogger to post his fiction, research, and visual art, according to Artforum; and served as “a platform through which he engaged almost daily with a community of followers and fellow artists.” The removed blog also contained his latest GIF novel—a novel constructed with animated GIFs. “Of all the things about this that concern and worry me, losing that novel is my greatest fear,” the artist told Artforum.
Criticize Google as much as you could, but leaving your artworks on a free blog for 14 years isn’t the right way to do things. It gets even worse as Cooper did not back up any of his work on the blog. “Nothing on the blog is backed-up or archived anywhere else, as far as I know,” the artist explained in a Facebook message.
Cooper believes he deserves a detailed explanation on why his blog and email address have become inaccessible, and has contacted a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property; and going to court won’t be out of it if nothing positive happens soon.
“Hi. So, there is now media attention about this situation all over the world and the internet. PEN America has publicly asked Google to address the disablement. And yet, even with all the attention and pressure, Google remains completely silent, not a comment, response, explanation, nothing,” he wrote on his Facebook Page.
“[If Google doesn’t] respond and rectify the situation, I won’t have any choice but to sue them,” Cooper wrote. “I don’t want to do that for obvious reasons, but I will if I have to,” per Fusion.
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