Tag Archives: First Amendment

Anti-SLAPP legislation

2 May

Some of us kibitzers in the vexatious defamation lawsuit that Ellora’s Cave filed against Dear Author and Jane Litte back in September 2014 have also been following along with recent developments involving Nevada’s anti-SLAPP Law and a bill that, should it pass, would not only kill that law, but negate many previous protections on lawful, protected speech.

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Open letter to Jane Litte (EC v DA)

6 Oct

Ellora's Cave sues Dear Author

Dear Jane,

By now you know just how important the work you do for the online reading romance community is.

We have shown it with blog posts, tweets, donations, and support.

Many of us are deeply outraged that you should incur any cost whatsoever due to what we believe is a vexatious lawsuit, the aim of which is not just to cause you stress and put you in a difficult financial position, but also to intimidate anyone else who has any knowledge that may prove the case you posit here, that Ellora’s Cave is indeed on shaky ground.

I am not the only one who admires your stance–you are putting forth the first $20,000 of the cost to defend yourself against this attempt by Ellora’s Cave to silence critic and intimidate authors, editors, cover artists, and anyone else who may have signed a contract with them for whatever work.

Through SBSarah, you have stated that, should the total cost of the suit be less than the amount raised $20,000 of your own money you are putting aside, you’ll see that the remainder all the funds raised are returned to the donors¹. Again, a most admirable, ethical stance to take.

But see, many of us don’t want that money back. We consider your standing up to someone seeking to silence free people to be something you are doing for all of us. For every blogger who doesn’t want to be afraid every time s/he speaks about a movie, a book, a restaurant, a hotel, a car service. For every author who wants to know more about the publishing house s/he’s considering submitting to. For every freelance cover artist or editor seeking to work with the same.

You are upholding our right to speak. You are standing up for all of us.

And it’s utterly unfair that, on top of the stress, you should also bear the brunt of the financial cost of doing so.

I am asking those who agree with me on this to comment below, to add your names, and to let Jane know that we see the bigger picture here.

Thank you.


¹ Corrected, sorry about that. Also, per SBSarah, “If the cost of the suit is less than the total amount raised, she’ll donate the remainder to the Society of Professional Journalists Legal Defense Fund”

The plot, it thickens (EC v DA)

5 Oct

(still updating long-ass list of links at the end of this post)

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorAs some of you may know, there are actual discussion forums somewhere in the bowels of amazon.com. Yeah, who knew, right? Anyway, at some point last week a thread was started to discuss the defamation suit that Ellora’s Cave filed against Dear Author.

At some point in the discussion, one of the commenters decided to list all the authors who have so far contributed to the DA/JL defense fund, with a note to buy books by those authors via their amazon listings.

Interestingly, a large number of those donors are not EC authors and some of them are not authors at all.

Yesterday, a newly minted twitter account was created. At first, it was simply Pub Net (@pubnt), but it soon added the tag, “Scouts for Publisher Protection. Not associated with Ellora’s Cave.”

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Quoth the Popehat: Shut the hell up! (EC v DA)

4 Oct

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorConstantly updated original list of links here, how to help Jane here, how to donate to the DA/JL legal defense fund here.

(edit at the end – holy shit!)

Some of my readers may know that I am a fan of Ken White of Popehat. How can I not love a man who is so passionate about free speech, and who takes pains to share his love with the world by writing witty and easily understood pieces on different First Amendment cases–to say nothing of firing up the powerful Popehat signal in order to find pro bono or low cost, yet good quality and professional, representation for those who cannot afford it?

So, I read his blog regularly, with interest and profound enjoyment. A type of post that never fails to make me wince, though, is the one advising anyone dealing with the cops, the feds, or anyone investigating you, to shut. the. fuck. up.

Given recent developments within the romance reading community (i.e., Ellora’s Cave suing Dear Author and Jane Litte for reporting stuff that’s on the public domain and posting commentary based on them), I’ve been very interested on what both parties are doing.

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More to say about Ellora’s Cave v Dear Author

30 Sep

Ellora's Cave sues Dear AuthorWhile my original post regarding the vexatious defamation lawsuit that EC has filed against Dear Author and Jane Litte  will remain on the top of the blog for the time being, as I update the list of links from authors, bloggers, etc., I think a separate post is necessary to highlight a few things and several people.

Warning: NSFW image within.

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Ellora’s Cave, Dear Author, the Streisand Effect and freedom of speech.

27 Sep

(Edit Tuesday 03/31/15: a couple of important links at the end)

(Edit Thursday 10/30/14: a master cheat sheet and a fundraising anthology)

(Edit Friday 10/03/14: SmartBitch Sarah has created the Dear Author/Jane Litte Defense Fund using crowdfunding service GoFundMe)

(Edit Tuesday 9/30/14: unsticking, as there is something more pressing happening. I will continue to update the list of links at the bottom, though)

(Edit Monday 9/29/14: making this post sticky for the nonce, as I continue to update the list of links at the end. Scroll down for updates on this, and new posts on other topics.)

Welcome to my little corner of the intrawebz. Ellora's Cave sues Dear Author

I am a blogger and, among other things, I talk about things I feel passionate about. I appreciate the fact that I live in a country where freedom of speech is enshrined in the constitution. I am grateful that there are those who are willing to help others by putting their money and/or their labor where their beliefs are, and so defend everyone’s right to speak.

There are always people who would like to silence their critics and are happy to try and use the legal system to do so.

Like say, Ellora’s Cave, the subject of the very well written “The Curious Case of Ellora’s Cave”, by Jane Litte (online name) and published in Dear Author. As I understand it, not having access to the legal documents, Tina Engler/Jaid Black, the founder of Ellora’s Cave (henceforth, EC for short), is suing both blogger and blog in an effort to set an example.

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