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I am addressing this very seriously to EVERY lawyer with legal expertise in copyright infringement and fair use, and I'm also addressing this to any lawyer well-versed in the legal statutes on internet child pornography.

As I'm sure many of you already know, pornish_pixies was permanently deleted today by Livejournal.com, along with a number of other communities with "incest" as an interest, an incomplete list of which is here.


Straight up, people. What are our options as a fandom to fight this? What are all our options to fight this, and how can we as a fandom collectively work to deal with Six Apart in this issue?

Please respond, because I really, really want to get started on the part where the fandom rallies together to make our voices heard by Six Apart.

Thanks.

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belleweather
May. 30th, 2007 04:33 am (UTC)
There absolutely is an argument that can be made by users, en masse, with legal backing, that LJ's cry of legal liability is insincere, and that LJ should either publicly admit that it just doesn't want to stand behind all of its users, or work with its users and lawyers to find a way to make the Abuse process sane for innocent journals caught in the crossfire. It should not be possible for the mere report that a journal has an undesirable (not illegal!) interest listed to *require* LJ to suspend that account permanently. They can't hide behind US law when incest is not illegal, and is certainly not illegal to talk about.

Exactly. I don't think there's grounds for a lawsuit (at least, not a successful one) but I absolutely think that there needs to be a strong reply from the community and that that reply needs to have legal backing -- something more than the lawyers in fandom. I'd love to see some of the legal academics working in internet and society law putting their names behind this, actually. It's just been my experience that even a loud public outcry by a large number of users and even activists gets ignored and poo-poohed by Six Apart, and I'm wracking my brain trying to figure out ways to make a stronger statement that will be listened to.
bookshop
May. 30th, 2007 04:35 am (UTC)

The legal academics are working on it, trust me. You basically hit it right on the money. I have a feeling we'll be hearing from people and blogs outside of LJ about this soon.
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