Saturday, June 12, 2010

Truth is the New Hate Speech

I've been finding this out at my college, but it's all around. If you so much as offer facts that effectively debunk the leftist narrative, you'll be attacked as racist and charged with making "hate speech." At my school, once I posted information on illegal immigration, someone --- again, probably faculty members in the history and sociology departments --- complained that my bulletin board constituted "hate speech." I've filed a complaint against the administration, but that immediately got turned into a counter "investigation" against me, since obviously the college's double standards could raise civil rights liabilities, so they had to push back.

So, it's tough and grinding sometimes, fighting the good fight.

A couple of examples:

At Atlas Shrugs, Pamela reports that PayPal's cutting her off by designating her blog a "hate site." See, "
Paypal Cuts Off Atlas: Truth is the New Hate Speech."

And Caroline Glick reports, "
YouTube Silences Latma, Removes 'We Con the World'."
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.
More at the link. And in Caroline adds, in another post:
YouTube's decision to pull Latma's hit song We Con the World after 3 million viewers shows that Israel's enemies are afraid of us. Since they cannot refute our points, they are trying to silence us. First they threw ridiculous accusations at Latma that our parody of We are the World was racist. When that didn't stick and more and more people continued to watch our song, they decided to silence us.

Obviously this means that we need to redouble our efforts. It also means we'll have to diversify our posting options to make sure that a call to YouTube won't suffice to silence us.
Ed Morrissey is hopeful that Eyeblast will demonstrate more balls:


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Google it.