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.
Many of you also know that Ken White over at Popehat has lauded Marc Randazza as a First Amendment badass–and backed up the assertion.
Until Mr Randazza became Jane Litte’s/Dear Author’s lawyer, I had not read much of his blog, or followed his twitter account. That changed, somewhat, in late September 2014, because I wanted to know more about the man behind the First Amendment badass label.
In the intervening months, I have disagreed with many of the things Marc Randazza has to say about feminism and rape culture, so I don’t read The Legal Satyricon all that often.
Because this happened, many book bloggers decided to take some time away from reviewing and otherwise promoting books to think about why we do what we do, and what we are willing to risk for our hobby.
Some of those book bloggers–and some people who don’t blog but simply leave comments on other people’s blogs–will not come back. They feel the conversation is not worth the very real risk of having an author have a fit of
batshit egregious irrationality and track them down. While it saddens me to think of those voices, silenced by fear, I understand that part of having the freedom to speak is having the freedom to choose to be silent.
Tags: #HaleNo, #notchilled, Blogger Blackout, Courtney Milan, Dear Author, Ellora's Cave, Ellora's Cave v Dear Author, online behaviour, Online romance readers, Popehat, reviewing, romance bloggers/reviewers
(not two hours after publication, updates ahoy!)
Since I last posted about the vexatious defamation suit that Ellora’s Cave filed against Dear Author and Jane Litte, a number of things related to the case have happened.
(Some other significant shit has also happened, which has made me think a lot about what I’m doing here and elsewhere. I hope to be able to post something coherent about these thoughts in the next few days.)
Some of them are significant, some of them not so much, but all the same here you have some thoughts on the matter, with plenty of linkage.
(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.
While 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.
(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.)
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.
Tags: #notchilled, Courtney Milan, Dear Author, Deirdre Saoirse Moen, Ellora's Cave, Ellora's Cave v Dear Author, First Amendment, Freedom of speech, frivolous lawsuits, Popehat, Smart Bitches Trashy Books
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