So the original post #5 has another week and a half until it can return. When it does I'm going to blur out the pertinent information, via an agreement I made with the girl who filed the DMCA.
I'm not obfuscating the info because I think she has rights to the image, info, or signature, but because I hope she wouldn't get the same kind of crazy responses from strangers that I've been dealing with for a week.
I'm still sorting through a few pages of emails that I've received in the last week about this whole ordeal. Many people have written to me with interesting stories about their troubles in the service industry, their support for my blog and its humor - I think these people are amazing and funny. The bar was flooded this weekend with people eager to show their IDs and talk about the misuse of the DMCA and local community politics. Commendable that you would all show up in the real world to talk about something you care about on the internet.
Also, I have received some terribly threatening emails, citing how vindictive they think I am for my posting of fake ID's online. And true, maybe I've inadvertently enabled the theft of fake personalities - if the underage drinkers cared about themselves, they wouldn't have their real information on these fake ID's.
Maybe the readers who wrote to me so venomously should direct the same fury at every bar that posts their confiscated fakes on the front door glass or over the bar, perhaps they should lobby for the drinking age to change. Or maybe the consequences of making fraudulent government documents should be taken more seriously. I find it intriguing that they were more concerned about the misuse of false information than the production of rather convincing fake documents.
Also, I found that as a whole, the people who were in support of my blog and its contents were much better spellers than those who declared their hatred for me.
Would this whole discussion be different if the girl in question wasn't a white girl from Iowa but perhaps someone who looked more like the image below? What if the ID holder wasn't going to use the ID to buy alcohol but maybe ... guns? or go to flight school?
Either way, the DMCA shouldn't protect criminals, of any rank, race, age, or intention. And yes, I will continue to post on this blog any fake ID's I confiscate. Not because I want to publicly shame "innocent" criminal underage drinkers, but because I like writing up the accounts that go with them. And there are a few hundred people who seem to enjoy reading them and hearing about my sometimes zany life and opinions.
For those of you who are interested, I've also been given the opportunity to write an advice column for a newspaper. Please feel free to comment or email me your (non-fake ID and non-DMCA) questions, in dear Abby style format.