Monday, May 02, 2005

Wal-Mart tries to censor website

Press Release...

-Daniel Papasian

The act of parody was no doubt political; it was not the use of copyrighted materials that threatened Wal-Mart, but rather the more radical implications that challenged the position of Wal-Mart within our society. The parody website caused people to question the power of Wal-Mart, global trade, and global capital in general.The United States still recognizes the right of free speech, so Wal-Mart couldn't attack me for my criticism.

Instead, Wal-Mart's high-powered attorneys went after me (Daniel) for copyright violation, threatening the host of my website with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).

Here is a copy of the cease and desist notice that was sent to the collective hosting my content, their ISP, and their upstream provider. It was sent by an authorized agent of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.


About the Fair use copyright law

-Fair use makes copyrighted work available to the public as raw material without the need for permission or clearance, so long as such free usage serves the purpose of copyright law.

-Producers or creators of parodies of a copyrighted work have been sued for infringement by the targets of their ridicule


Other websites against Wal-Mart:

Wal-Mart Watch and Wake Up Wal-Mart