Tag Archives: Electronic Frontier Foundation

We should be afraid: STOP WATCHING US (aka, learn from history or relive it)

30 Oct

As some of you may have noticed, I’m a regular reader of Popehat, a group blog where at least a couple of authors are lawyers. Ken White, the most prolific blogger there, is a staunch and vocal advocate for freedom of speech, as it’s defined in the constitution of these United States.

Through his posts, and to a lesser degree those of his co-bloggers, I learn much too often about how the judicial system is often abused to silence criticism. Many of the would-be censorious assholes are of the private individual variety, à la Charles Carreon of The Oatmeal fame.

Some, however, are far more scary.

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GRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!! (ranty random bits)

15 Aug

So you stab someone on the chest but don’t mean to kill him–cue piteous sobbing. Really? What the hell did you mean to do then? (Or, as long as it didn’t kill him off, it was fine to wound him grievously?)

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So you lift passages from articles by other, fairly well known reporters and published in other, also fairly well known media outlets. You are caught and you apologize for your ‘mistake’–nevermind that plagiarism is NOT a fucking mistake but a willful decision to act in an unethical (if not outright illegal¹) way.
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A day late, a penny short: a couple of awesome updates.

12 Jul

(further update at the end)

BearLove Good, Cancer Bad–and Mathew Inman, pretty much awesomesauce through and through: The Oatmeal blog update has some of the pictures of the money, which will be dutifully send to Charles Carreon¹ via Priority Mail.

Boing Boing has a Flickr slideshow with more pictures, and Popehat has a lovely closing remarks. Heck, there was even a mention–and earlier even an image in the homepage–at msnbc.com

It pains me that Inman may yet be penalized, tax-wise, by fulfilling his promise to his readers and donors. According to that msnbc article, he “had to fill out a bunch of tax forms.”

Ann Branson‘s own fundraising is finished–and more than double her original goal was raised, so indeed, it’s quite possible that, after all fees have been deducted, both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Americans for the Arts will receive a thousand dollars a piece. Awesomely well played, Ann!

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Here‘s Ann Branson’s own Fuck you, Charles Carreon picture–along with math and receipts for the money that actually made it to each charity’s account. The Electronic Frontier Foundation got $1,162.00 and Americans for the Arts got $1, 163.00.

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¹ Who, by the way, really can’t keep his mouth shut to save his life.

Ah, what tangled webs! Stupid and vindictive against the might of the internet.

2 Jul

Well, the convoluted tale of stupidity continues.

Charles Carreon amended his suit against Matthew Inman, IndieGoGo, the Wildlife Federation Foundation and the American Cancer Association, apparently to try and make the suit relevant in some way by…making California’s Attorney General a plaintiff defendant in it?

Huh…

Apparently Mr Carreon, a self-styled internet-savvy attorney, wasn’t very familiar with the Streisand Effect. Up until now, that is–what with ArsTechnica, Boing Boing, Popehat, The Legal Satyricon, Lowering the Bar, and a number of other blogs picking up the story, anyone with even a passing interest in Free Speech has by now at the very least heard about the suit.

We can consider Mr Carreon educated on the workings of the internet now–a day late and a few dollars short, if you ask me.

However…

Not deterred (or perhaps spurred) by the amazing success of the BearLove Good, Cancer Bad campaign in the face of his shenanigans, Charles Carreon filed for temporary restraining order, so that IndieGoGo couldn’t disburse the monies raised to Matthew Inman. Except, maybe, if IndieGoGo did what Carreon wanted without delay, then he (Carreon) would drop the matter.

I repeat: Huh?

(I know, right?)

Anyway…

Perhaps you are one of the few who don’t know that, a few days ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Matthew Inman’s defense team. They have issued a truly awesome release here¹.

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What happens when an idiot pisses the internet off?

27 Jun

(See update at the end)

Nine times out of ten, the internet makes something good out of it.

Because the internet is made out of people, and while it’s the asshats and douchebags who, squeaky rodents that they are, make much of the noise, the silent majority tends to be better–much better–than that.

So when ill-informed (and it would seem, ill-advised himself) attorney Charles Carreon demands that Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal send a check for $20,000.00, the latter appeals to his readers and raises more than that in a matter of minutes for the American Cancer Society and the National Wildlife Federation.

When butthurt attorney Charles Carreon sues Matthew Inman, IndieGoGo and both of the charities in question, because (paraphrasing) “charities should only receive money donated out the purest of motives,” the amount donated grows exponentially, to the point that when the fundraiser closed the final amount was about eleven times the original goal.

And when Matthew Inman decides to stick to the original plan and divide the final amount between only those two charities, someone else picks up the standard for two other charities.

Donate. Participate. Defend your right to say “fuck you” in any way you want, under the protection of the first amendment of the constitution of the United States. Continue reading