Cooper has also lost his Gmail account. Unfortunately, he did not keep any backups and while some of his drawings can be seen on the Internet Archive, the complete entries are not there. His blog has also been deleted from Google's cache.
Since 27 June, visitors to his blog have been greeted with this message: "Sorry, the blog at denniscooper-theweaklings.blogspot.com has been removed. This address is not available for new blogs."
According to the Artforum website, the blog included writings, research, and photographs. Cooper also used it to engage with followers and fellow artists.
The blog also featured Cooper’s storytelling through GIFs, which inspired his recent GIF novel, Zac’s Haunted House (Kiddiepunk, 2015), reviewed by Paige K. Bradley for bookforum.com, and the 2016 short-story collection Zac’s Control Panel," the website said.
Cooper put a notice on his Facebook page on 28 June, in which he said: "Yesterday afternoon Google disabled my blog and took it offline. They did the same with my email account. Other than being shown a general 'violation of terms of service' statement, I have been given no explanation for this, and I have not received any response to my questions and complaints thus far."
iTWire has had a similar experience recently, when we were asked to change a 10-year-old innocuous story.
Cooper's Facebook entries after that tell a tale of frustration and annoyance at trying to get some redress from a company that, despite its US$21.32 billion revenue for the final quarter of 2015, has no customer service department.
Cooper has posted risque work on the blog for years but he had an 18+ warning as required. Even if that was the reason for removal, it does not explain how his email address was removed by Google.
Having contacted a French lawyer, he is thinking of suing Google but is unlikely to get much joy. The Blogger terms of service read: "Other than as expressly set out in these terms or additional terms, neither Google nor its supplier or distributors make any specific promises about the services. For example, we don't make any commitments about the content within the services, the specific functions of the services, or their reliability, availability, or ability to meet your needs. We provide the service 'as is'."
Google was contacted for comment and provided an anonymous response: "We're aware of this matter and not able to comment on specific user accounts."