AEW creates some of the most engaging pro-wrestling content. Twitter users make fair use of their content, but sometimes it gets taken down even when it’s compliant with DMCA’s fair use policy. Something shady might be at work, and AEW referee Aubrey Edwards might have something to do with it.
Buck Starsky put out a series of tweets accusing Aubrey Edwards of filing a mass DMCA takedown under a fake alias. Starsky revealed in the first tweet that he made a switch from being an in-ring presence to working in the information security office.
While including several pieces of documentation as evidence, he told his brave story, one that many in the pro wrestling business would be too afraid to tell.
This is the toughest post I’ve made, but sometimes silent weapons for quiet wars take their toll. I’m including some heavyweight accounts here for a signal boost, because I can’t be heard on my own.
As some people know, I went from a career in the ring to working in the office on information security, with a focus on digital media rights. I know Jeff Jones. We’ve talked a lot about copyright claims, and I sent this to him when @aewbotches was hit on his last account.
Jeff never replied, so I looked around the web a little. On http://copyright.gov, you can find active and terminated DMCA agents for any number of companies. At 09:15 on 05 July 22, AEW had no agents listed. After my email, Don Stevens was suddenly registered.
Furthermore, after this email was sent, I received a threatening email. For my own fear, the ID is staying redacted. Whenever you want to know what kind of office AEW runs, this is your reference. Talk badly, they might sue you. This is the reality of how AEW is.
Starsky sent an email to Jeff Jones, formally announcing the accusation that Aubrey Edwards is behind these DMCA takedowns. Furthermore, she’s also operating under the fake alias of DMCA agent “Donald Stevens.” He also asked in the email if AEW doesn’t operate with an internal DPO team. He questioned why the company isn’t using software such as ContentID.
The accusation doesn’t end there, as Starsky revealed in another tweet that after his email, Donald Stevens was registered as a DMCA agent on copyright.gov, which wasn’t the case before. He didn’t receive a reply to that email as well.
Starsky then received a threatening email after reaching out to AEW. He blocked out the email ID for his own safety, but revealed what it said on Twitter. He was accused of making a false claim, to which he was threatened with legal action from AEW.
Now that the accusation is out in the open, Edwards might have to face some pressure from AEW fans. The allegation does resonate with the rising number of DMCA takedowns against Twitter users. Stay tuned to Ringside News for more updates on this developing situation.
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