Civil Liberties

A Happy Ending to the Latest Case of Copyright Censorship

Belgian bigot backs down.


Yesterday I described how a spurious copyright claim by a man unhappy to see his words quoted back at him had knocked two libertarian websites off the Internet. Today those sites are back online and claiming victory. Tom Knapp reports:

Before Mr. T or Dolly Parton got a chance to work with Sylvester Stallone, Pelé paved the way.

The C4SS and S4SS sites are back up.

The DMCA takedown notice has been formally withdrawn.

We've proven (to ourselves especially!) that we can fight and win a battle of this sort using just "the power of the pen" (we made no resort to the state or its laws)….

And the man who was initially our tormentor? He appears to not only have surrendered, but to have realized the error of several of his ways (certainly the un-wisdom of trying to suppress speech and maybe a little bit about the attitudes that set the whole incident in motion in the first place as well) and to have reversed himself in a monumental manner.

To wit, he has made a substantial (and that is an understatement) financial donation to C4SS. To the best of my knowledge that donation was not solicited, and it certainly wasn't demanded or made a condition of any kind with reference to C4SS's conduct.