The Washington Times - August 21, 2009, 03:44PM

The once mysterious artist who created the now famous Joker/Obama poster is wondering who filed a notice of infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) request to Flickr, reported the LA Times. :

On a site forum, Flickr, a Yahoo property, says it isn’t banning accounts for posting the altered version of a Time magazine cover.

However, the company did receive a notice of infringement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, or DMCA, which sparked the removal, wrote Heather Champ, Flickr’s director of community.

When asked who filed the request, Champ wrote in a follow-up e-mail, “We aren’t able to give that information out.”    Even the artist, Firas Alkhateeb, is left guessing — though, he assumes Time was behind the notice.

However, a Time Magazine spokesman said the magazine was not behind the complaint, so whoever is behind filing this DMCA request remains a mystery.  Flickr should consider releasing the identity of the person(s) or company that made the request and forced the removal of the image. Flickr will be enveloped in embracing a potential political bias otherwise.