Randy Queen is a comic book artist with… a not great understanding of female anatomy. This landed several of his works on Escher Girls, the tumblr blog that highlights and critiques (and sometimes offers redraws) of ridiculous and needlessly sexualized depictions of female characters (hence the name, and which io9 has featured before).
So, instead of taking heed of said criticism (and it’s sad that no one has screenshots of the taken down posts because they would have been on point) he files some tenuous DMCA takedown notices to Tumblr. Which complies, no questions asked. Now, I’m no legal expert, but I’m pretty sure criticism falls under fair use. Techdirt has a good write up of why that is. And tumblr has not only taken down reposts of Randy Queen’s comic art, but also redraws – works that (to my mind) belong to whoever did the redrawing.
Not content with misusing the law once, this guy has since also threatened Escher Girls with defamation for posting about his DMCA takedown notices (because saying that something that happened happened is now “defamation”), and claiming a very bogus “right to protect the perception of my IP.” Which doesn’t exist. Ever.
(And in spite of his whining about art from 15 years ago, I either can’t find anything more recent from him or his style and understanding of said human anatomy has not changed significantly.)
As Popehat always says, “vagueness in legal threats is a hallmark of meritless thuggery.”
So this post is just me doing my bit to acquaint Randy Queen with the Streisand Effect.
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