Thursday, November 15, 2007

EFF: Fight For Blogger's Rights

Bloggers' Rights at EFF


I have a new "sticker" on the front page of this website.

I have to admit I don't agree with the majority of what the EFF fights for. I do understand though that what they fight for must be fought for; equality.

In my recent court decision the District Judge used a "functional analysis" proposed by the EFF in another case. Thus my decision, made the "proposed analysis" precedent. The EFF also assisted me in finding attorneys to consult with about my case. While it was difficult to manage the case Pro Se I was instructed that my case was so strong that I didn't need legal assistance to fight it. While it lasted 1.5 years and cost me 10's of 1000's of dollars in lost income and 100's of hours of prep time, not to mention the extreme embarrassment - this turned out to be the best move and actually made my case stronger.

The Plaintiff attorney's goal was to prove I was not a journalist; rather your typical blogger who cares not for fact or punctuation. He tried to assert that I was an unintelligent dolt who defamed his client. What he ended up proving is that I didn't have to pass the state bar to beat a lawyer or defend my cause in court - thus he proved just the opposite. Now I have to admit that I stink as an attorney. The legalspeak of the court was nauseating. I can see why so many bloggers have given up.

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