Anyway, I logged into mediafire to find this notice awaiting me:
MediaFire has received notification under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act ("DMCA") that your usage of a file is allegedly infringing on the file creator's copyright protection.
The file named SPN_A Farmer and His Cow by Anon.pdf is identified by the key (2t9vt3fdzf6vdyd).
As a result of this notice, pursuant to Section 512(c)(1)(C) of the DMCA, we have suspended access to the file.
The reason for suspension was:
DATE: 20 September 2013Dear Sir/Madam:Please be advised that NBC Universal and/or its subsidiary and affiliated companies(collectively, NBC Universal) are the owners of intellectual property rights in numeroustelevision shows and motion pictures. NBC Universal diligently enforces such intellectualproperty rights.mediafire.com is and has been infringing NBC Universal's intellectual property rights innumerous properties including, but not limited to, the title(s) listed at the bottom ofthis letter. By way of example, we are providing with this letter a non-exhaustive listof unauthorized copies of NBC Universal properties hosted on mediafire.com, along with theURL corresponding to each listed infringing file. NBC Universal demands that mediafire.comimmediately remove or otherwise disable access to the video files identified in thisletter, and cease and desist from any further infringement of NBC Universal properties.The undersigned has a good faith belief that mediafire.com's use of NBC Universal propertyas referenced herein infringes NBC Universal's rights and is not authorized by NBCUniversal, its agent or the law. The information contained in this notification isaccurate. Under penalty of perjury, the undersigned is authorized to act on behalf of NBCUniversal with respect to this matter.Please be advised that this letter is not a complete statement of the facts or law as itmay pertain to this matter, or of NBC Universal's positions, rights or remedies, legal orequitable, all of which are specifically reserved.Title(s):DESPICABLE ME 2SUITS (2011)URLs:http://mediafire.com/?idbmm8888y808z1http://mediafire.com/?4r1414s86r6oe0hhttp://mediafire.com/?g0cv7w72t1in1qihttp://mediafire.com/?79d8jxxrhpxgc56http://mediafire.com/?i87ojxq3t86m9z3http://mediafire.com/?2t9vt3fdzf6vdydhttp://mediafire.com/?abb4k7t7q4nc5q7/Suit_Sizehttp://mediafire.com/?ey9y5i2dvtgmj3rhttp://mediafire.com/?q3wzwqi0efacthahttp://mediafire.com/?m2tfxcysbv86rqqhttp://mediafire.com/?xjdn40kwzmwhttp://mediafire.com/?np2xks3nx7thttp://mediafire.com/?zzgyj42mm2uVery truly yoursAnti-Piracy Technical Operations100 Universal City PlazaUniversal City, CA 91608tel. (818) 777-4876fax (818) 866-2155Please reply to firstname.lastname@example.org, replies sent to email@example.com will beignored.
Information about the party that filed the report:
Company Name: NBC Universal
Contact Address: 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608
Contact Name: Anti-Piracy Technical Operations
Contact Phone: (818) 777-4876
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am fighting it, of course. The only persons/entities that have the right to request this story's removal is lileath who created the world and wrote the story, or the agents of the real persons whose names she used.
We'll see how it goes. =]
[26 Sep] ETA: AO3 is looking for people who have received one of these notices, so I've volunteered my story. In writing it up, I noticed a couple interesting things about it. Mainly, this sentence:
The claim is, in fact, not against me or this story, but against Mediafire as a propagator of piracy.
They also incorrectly identify the file as a video. ("NBC Universal demands that mediafire.comimmediately remove or otherwise disable access to the video files identified in thisletter ...")
It's obvious that no human examined the file before submitting the claim. Basic formatting errors in the letter also support the idea that a bot, or some kind of automated program, sent it.