Attorneys Against Free Speech
I caught this item
The letter to NamesDirect.com warned that "by engaging in the conduct described above, the authors and/or other persons responsible for the www.boycott-hollywood.us website may be liable, both criminally and civilly, for a variety of offenses."
Boycott-Hollywood stated Thursday that it stands firm "on the belief that we have done nothing wrong at this website. The celebrities have expressed their views, and we have responded in kind by expressing our views regarding the thoughts and ideas that they have, publicly, expressed."
I had to send this note to the offending firm
Nice work - Now we see the 2003 Blacklist
It's disheartening to see this left coast suppression from you guys. You're ripping on people with the legal system because they are expressing opinions?
If your clients say stupid things, why can't someone quote those stupid things on a website?
Disappointed in your anti-Americanism and brutal usage of the American legal system,
They'll do anything for money, but this is the bottom of the barrel, pathetic.
(PS - I know plenty of great people who are attorneys - I just don't like the ones who are killing the profession.)
I thought that it might be noteworthy to post this blog's last post so that you could gain their perspective. Sorry for the length, but their site is gone soon:
May 01, 2003
Our own personal wind chill (Follywood)
Well, folks - it's been a blast and it's been fun.
Apparently, our domain registrar (namesdirect.com - subsidiary of Dotster.com) have caved to the pressures of the William Morris Agency giant. On April 29, 2003, Dotster.com received a letter from the William Morris Agency in regards to this website. Their complaint accused us of liable and potentially other civil and criminal offenses.
This is another fine example of how Hollywood feels that their opinion and view is the only one that matters. Average citizens are disallowed the free expression of our point of view because they don't like being challenged for their views. I stand firm on the belief that we have done nothing wrong at this website - - The celebrities have expressed their views, and we have responded in kind by expressing our views regarding the thoughts and ideas that they have, publicly, expressed.
Dotster.com has suspended our update information at this domain and have informed us that the DNS information of this domain has been changed and the website will be down within the next 24 hours and our contract with them is now null and void. They are doing this because we did not provide accurate contact information in their public database.
When I explained that the reason we did not provide accurate contact information is because we have received multiple death threats and I did not wish for just anyone to have my personal information - and asked them for suggestions on what to do - Dotster was unmoved. They did not give me the chance to update the information with accurate information and keep the domain. That's not an option - - they are just simply going to shut down our domain - no explanation needed.
Follywood indeed, but one needs to blame those attorneys using their grandiose powers to crush an opinion site.
Libertarians with a capital 'L' always complain about things like the PATRIOT Act, which protects our freedom, but where are they when you get sicko law firms shutting down free speech? Where are they? After saying that, I think I am a Libertarian, but I am a pro-law enforcement Libertarian.
I guess I was late on the scene. Rachel had it.
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