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Congratulations WordPress: Victory Gained In Blogging Censorship Case

The Sound Of Summer

I am extremely proud today that I chose WordPress as my blogging platform.  The Guardian is reporting today that Automattic, owners WordPress.com, have emerged victorious against an attempt to use an American copyright law to shut down criticism of a short-lived pressure group call “Straight Pride UK”.

In August 2013 Oliver Hotham, a student journalist, posted an interview on his WordPress blog with Nick Steiner, press officer for an anti-gay group called “Straight Pride UK”. In the interview, Steiner expressed his group’s support for homophobic policies enacted in Russia and a number of African nations, and praised Putin’s crackdown on LGBT rights.

“Straight Pride UK” then tried to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) to take the content offline.  Wordpress supported Hotham and have now won the case in a Californian district court because the article did not infringe copyright.  Critics of DMCA argue that it is often misused to shut down criticism.

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