Saturday, June 12, 2010

Fires in the Blogosphere

I will get to my take on Los Angeles candidates on Monday or Tuesday, other news is occurring as well. Be ready.

First up, my friend, the lovely and talented Pamela Geller is having trouble with her PayPal (see the sidebar for the Valley's). here is what she wrote in her post:

"The little money that Atlas generates (I have no large donors) is about to be cut off. Apparently the jihad is hard at work trying to kill free speech (and the bus ads and the 9111 no mosque movement) from making its way to those in pursuit of truth. Paypal contributions helps pays for bus ads, rallies, live coverage (everything) and I so much as said so when asked repeatedly by the press who paid for the bus ads. Readers do and did.

"Paypal is calling Atlas a "hate" site and will close my account if I do not remove the paypal option from my website. Accurate reporting and news is hate.

"Truth is the new hate speech:

"Please email or call paypal and let them know Atlas Shrugs is a news site and political blog. I am not responsible for the bad news in the world. I just report."

And secondly, the video making fun of the flotilla got thrown off of YouTube.

"As Israel went offline for the Jewish sabbath, YouTube removed most versions of Latma's hit parody song We Con the World. If you try to access the song on YouTube you receive the notification:

"This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Warner/ Chappell Music, Inc. .

"Copyright experts we advised with before posting the song told us in no uncertain terms that we were within our rights to use the song because we did so in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine. The Fair Use Doctrine, copied and pasted below from the US Copyright Office stipulates that it is legal and permissible to use copyrighted material under the fair use doctrine for purposes of parody.

"Copyright attorneys also warned us that given our clearly lawful use of the song We are the World, if anyone wished to silence our voices, they wouldn't target us. Instead they would target YouTube. It is YouTube's standard practice to remove any material that they receive even the flimsiest threat for because the company wishes to avoid all litigation.

"At the same time, this is not YouTube's first move to silence Israeli voices. During Operation Cast Lead, the IDF Spokesman's Unit established a YouTube channel and began posting combat footage on its channel to bypass the anti-Israel media and go directly to news consumers.
Shortly after the IDF channel began making waves, YouTube - which is owned by Google - removed IDF videos from the website. After the move evoked a storm of protest, YouTube restored them but flagged the videos in the same manner it flags pornography. People trying to access the videos received a screen saying, "This video or group may contain content that is inappropriate for some users, as flagged by YouTube's user community. To view this video or group please verify that you are 18 or older by singing in and signing up."

"If YouTube didn't already have a track record for censoring pro-Israel material, I would say that despite the obviously frivolous and unsubstantiated nature of the copyright claim against We Con the World, the company was simply erring on the side of caution. "

The fact that more than 3 million people have already seen the video and that it has been written up in major newspapers and featured on major television networks around the world since we first posted it last Thursday night however causes me to fear that something else is going on here."

Here is the video:

The Right Blogopshere is not just people posting views, but a tight network of friends who help each other and call out shenanigans when the left (Or their allies) do something that 60 minutes or Newsweek won't notice. Robert Stacy McCain of The Other McCain has all our backs and we have his, do you really want to mess with us?

I have already asked Google and Wikipedia to stay in touch with the California Republican Party and it's Chairman -- I ask them again. This election will be turning the current tide of Power, does PayPal and Google want to be called up to Capitol Hill on how they treated the Right Blogosphere?

I am involved with a few Los Angeles campaigns from the Waters to the Valleys, should we win (and we will), does Silicon Valley want to be in trouble in the next Congress? Remember who has their ear.

I propose alliance, what does Google propose?

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