Update 18.08 GMT – My web hosting company, the splendid Site5, agreed that the DMCA notice was not valid. No action will be taken. I consider that a small victory for sense in the world. I have told Straight Pride UK to cease their communication with me by email, and if they wish to challenge me in a public forum I have provided them with all my social media accounts. If they have the guts to behave like adults, then I will be happy to engage them.
Anyone interested in seeing the entire email string between myself and Straight Pride UK? Publication of it in the purposes of reporting the news is fair use, under both UK and international law.
One point of clarification, however – though my server is in the UK, the hosting company is based in the US, which apparently does mean that they fall under DMCA jurisdiction. However, considering their very positive response to this shitty threat, they have proven to be a very just enforcer of this frequently mi-used law. So I will be staying with them for the future.
Update 16.21 GMT - The Straight Pride UK folks have actually sent me a DMCA notice! Aw, bless.
The section they are claiming copyright to is the email which requests that the email be taken down.
Two small points -
a) My server is in the UK, and so the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (a US legislation) has no jurisdiction.
b) Under UK law the use of copyrighted material is considered to be fair use if it is used for the purposes of reporting the news. This is news. I am reporting it.
They have also threatened to report me to the police for harassment. I quote:
“If you fail to remove what has been asked within 24 hours, this shall be reported to Avon and Somerset Police as Conduct to incite Harassment and threatening behaviour and Improper use of public electronic communications network – Communications Act 2003, section 127 and Section 1 Malicious Communications Act, 1988″
Nope. I have not threatened you, nor encouraged anyone to do so. Nor have I even encouraged anyone to repost this.
So it seems that a group of individuals who are quite honestly beyond parody, whose key belief is that the push for LGBT rights has led to heterosexuals being an oppressed minority (aahahahahahahahahaha!) are trying to censor anything negative said about them. In particular, they want this post by Oliver Hotham removing from the internet.
So, to show my support, and stick two fingers up to the privileged, bigotted fucktards of Straight Pride UK, here’s the post:
A few weeks ago, when thinking of interesting things I could write for this blog, I remembered a weird organisation that gathered some attention on the internet a month or two ago. read more…