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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.



May. 30th, 2007 01:53 pm (UTC)
I think paid members (and particularly anyone whose LJ has actually been affected) should absolutely come forward and make a stink about the fundamental unfairness of the situation.

That said, I should add that LJ is a private entity and does have the freedom to do whatever it wants, if it perceives that some TOS violation has taken place. To me, there is a reasonable argument that a fanfic that describes an act of pedophilia (for example) is at least technically a violation of the TOS.

What I'm saying is that beyond what seems intuitively unfair, I think LJ is on pretty safe legal ground. There is little to do other than protest, and for paid account holders, stop paying...and I don't know that even that will swing it.

This may turn out to be much ado about nothing in the end, but I have a really hard time thinking that LJ has really done anything "legally" wrong here.
May. 30th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
That was my intuitive feeling as well, though I think that Heidi may have a point below about a breach of contract.
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