A Note to Commenters

Several commenters in recent days have been attempting to post off-topic comments in the form of a hack that is designed to circumvent certain copyright protections.

These comments will not be approved, and any commenters who persist in this manner are subject to being banned from commenting. (See the disclaimer found above the comments box.)

Not only is it absurd and inappropriate that readers would attempt to use a government blog to break a federal law, but it is doubly so, in that the Librarian of Congress is the ultimate arbiter of so-called ?exemptions? to the section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that concerns technological measures that control access to copyrighted works.

I?m no lawyer, but the attempted comments in question clearly do not fall under those exemptions. Anyone who supports a particular anticircumvention exemption that is not covered by the current rules should participate in the next triennial rulemaking.


  1. Andy Perrin
    May 2, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Heh, that’s ironic. Are you sure it isn’t simply comment spam?

  2. peacay
    May 3, 2007 at 8:02 am

    Heh. I guess that was the hddvd thing?? Sometimes Banksy makes great art and sometimes internet postings are closer to pedestrian grafitti.

  3. Edward Vielmetti
    May 5, 2007 at 12:57 am

    EFF has a primer on the law:


    09 f9,


  4. flookie
    May 5, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    It is comment spam Matt, I have the same problem with my blog.

    I think setting up a blog on the LoC website was a great idea, by the way.

  5. Downtym
    May 7, 2007 at 7:20 pm

    Anyone who supports a particular anticircumvention exemption that is not covered by the current rules should participate in the next triennial rulemaking.


    Okay! And I’ll be sure to bring my $5k an hour lobbyist gang with me to argue against everyone else’s $5k an hour lobbyist gang. It’ll be like the Jets vs. the Sharks! Except if we all started singing, we’d go to jail. =(

  6. Web King
    May 10, 2007 at 7:14 am

    I do have a blog and I do get several comment spams, what’s the new with it? The only thing is that I have to swipe out spams everyday, and believe me it’s damn hectic. You can understand. There are options in wordpress which I am using to reduce spams though. Quiet helpful.

  7. Charly
    May 17, 2007 at 3:52 pm

    Spam is a common practice. Web King have reason. What’s the new wit it?.

  8. Danica Radovanovic
    May 25, 2007 at 7:58 am

    Spam comments are normal issue for blogging (if you just started). Do not be surprised, and my professional suggestion is to use ‘moderation mode’ – I do not know what blog platform you use, but try to control the comments before your approval.
    Our wordpress platform has this option.

    By the way, great initative for LoC blog, finally!
    Keep on good posting!
    Greetings from Europe and KoBSON (Serbian e – Consortia of e-resources, databases, journals).

  9. Linda
    June 3, 2007 at 9:40 pm

    I too have such problem, it is very difficult to tackle few clever spammers, you always need to check their comments and moderate it on regular basis.

  10. Eric Langston
    June 6, 2007 at 9:46 am

    I agree. As much as I hate deleting comments, it is sometimes necessary orelse people just ruin the community with their spam and everything else.

  11. Sing-Ging
    June 14, 2007 at 5:17 am

    I receive lots of [around 2000] spams to my blog on weekends. If I can ask on average, how many spam do you get in your blog?

  12. Andreas
    June 22, 2007 at 6:09 am

    If you really have this iussues with comment spam, you should consider installing a blog engine like WordPress. WordPress features a plugin called “Askimet” that catches 99% of all spam comments.

  13. teenaids
    June 24, 2007 at 4:06 pm

    that’s ironic.

  14. Matt Raymond
    June 25, 2007 at 9:57 am

    Andreas, we do indeed use both of those.

  15. wierd
    June 25, 2007 at 11:06 am

    Hi Matt,
    it’s wierd, not showing my comments, got stuck, you may delete this comment. Posting here just to let you know.

    Best Regards,
    Web King

  16. Blog Tweaks
    August 24, 2007 at 6:17 pm

    Why don’t you install akismet? A simple to install plugin, which identifies and blocks comment and trackback spam on blogs. It works on wordpress blog. And I guess this is wordpress blog.

  17. Mikes AC
    January 8, 2011 at 2:58 am

    The site is somewat not detailed and it is confused about the details given here.can explain in agood understandable manner.

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