Friday, July 23, 2010


Clayton Cramer's Armed Citizen blog has just been shut down by a copyright lawsuit. The suit is fairly frivolous as the blog is probably NOT in breach of copyright. The plaintiffs probably just want "go away" money.

What appears on Clayton's blog and this one would appear to be covered by the "Fair use" provisions of copyright law. Fair use is a legal doctrine that recognises that the monopoly rights protected by copyright laws are not absolute. The doctrine holds that, when someone uses a creative work in way that does not hurt the market for the original work and advances a public purpose - such as education or scholarship - it might be considered "fair" and not infringing.

If you want to help Clayton out, log on to his site. He gives various addresses you could use to lodge a protest.

As I have the means to defend lawsuits, I myself would not be intimidated by a lawsuit so this blog will continue. A matter of concern, however, is that the bloghoster for this blog may be buffaloed into shutting me down. So right now take a note of where the mirror sites of this blog are hosted. If the main blog is shut down, the mirror sites will continue.

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La.: Shot robber convicted: "A Covington man has been convicted of an armed robbery in Kenner, in which the businessowner shot two of the would-be assailants, killing one of them. German Alberto Hernandez-Zuniga, 25, a native of Honduras, faces up to 99 years in prison in the Jan. 29 robbery of Dream Communications & More, a wireless phone business that also cashed checks in the 3200 block of Willliams Boulevard. He was shot twice by the business owner, who fatally wounded Angel Armando Hernandez, 34, of New Orleans. The Kenner Police Department and prosecutors determined the shooting was justified. The owner and an employee were leaving the business with a week's worth of cash receipts in a bag when three masked men approached them in the parking lot. Believing they would be killed, the owner pulled a gun and fired. Hernandez-Zuniga stumbled away and was arrested at the scene. The owner held him at gunpoint until officers arrived"

CA: Woman appeals weapons conviction to federal courts: "A Stanford-educated surgeon who lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains has asked a federal judge to block her 60-day jail sentence on a 2007 conviction for brandishing a BB gun, arguing that her case marks an early test of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling applying Second Amendment rights to the states. In court papers filed Monday, lawyers for Barbara Saldinger are seeking an emergency stay of her County Jail sentence, which is set to be imposed on July 28 if she does not get a reprieve in the federal courts. Saldinger sued in federal court in Oakland, pressing her appeals further after being turned away last week by the California Supreme Court.”

FL: ACLU lawsuit gets widower his guns back: "With the slide of a drawer beneath a bullet-proof glass window at a police evidence warehouse, Robert Weinstein’s Second Amendment right to possess firearms was vindicated on Wednesday. … Earlier Wednesday morning at the Broward County courthouse, Circuit Judge Dale Ross ruled in favor of Weinstein’s petition by the [ACLU] of Florida.Broward Sheriff’s deputies seized the handguns in February, saying they believed he was about to shoot himself out of despair. … ‘Mr. Weinstein, you seem like a wonderful human being,’ Ross told him after a 20-minute hearing. ‘I apologize for having to bring you down here. I honestly don’t know why they were taken from you.’”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wired magazine's Threat Level Blog just posted a story about the company that filed suit against The Armed Citizen.