August 18, 2007
Pirates for freedom!
"Alms for Jihad" is already at $160.00 on ebay with three days to go.
Googling the book (including its download form) after reading several sickening accounts of the sucessful Saudi censorship campaign, I learned that a ton of people are looking for it, but no one has it for sale. Even the digital download places don't have it. I tried logging in and went through the whole sign-in process twice, only to be told it was "not available." A place called Mobibooks is said to be the only place that has it, but their website is down.
I'm so pissed that I feel like buying the damn thing and spending a couple of days scanning it, breaking the copyright laws, putting it out there for the world, and defying the Digital Millenium Copyright Pigs when they come to get me.
It strikes me that cowardly publishers ought to lose all moral rights to the copyrighted material they pull.
History, common sense, and the First Amendment all militate that that books which are burned belong in the public domain.
MORE: Lest anyone think this is only happening in England, the Salafist enemy will use our libel laws to defeat us right here in the United States:
Another similar case in America involves KinderUSA, a charity that is suing Yale University Press, charging that a book published last year by Michael Levitt called " Hamas: Politics, Charity and Terrorism in the Service of Jihad" (2006) linked the non-profit to support of terrorism.KinderUSA? Hah! More on them here.
MORE: As of yesterday, KinderUSA seems to have withdrawn its lawsuit. For the children:
Our decision to withdraw the lawsuit was based on an assessment of our financial situation; because the needs of the Palestinian children are so great at this time, we decided to expend our resources in terms of time and energy on alleviating the desperate situation of our beneficiaries instead of on costly legal fees that would have ensued as this case proceeded.I'm sure it's not satisfying for enemies of freedom to see censorship thwarted, even if temporarily.
Excuse me while I go puke.
Now that I'm back, more here on the KinderUSA stuff.
UPDATE: Thank ye, Glenn Reynolds, for linking this post! ARRH indeed! And welcome maties!
I do appreciate any and all advice or suggestions.
UPDATE: The American Library Association has issued an official statement, reading in part:
Unless there is an order from a U.S. court, the British settlement is unenforceable in the United States and libraries are under no legal obligation to return or destroy the book. Libraries are considered to hold title to the individual copy or copies, and it is the library's property to do with as it pleases. Given the intense interest in the book, and the desire of readers to learn about the controversy first hand, we recommend that U.S. libraries keep the book available for their users.The Heretical Librarian is a good blog too. Check it out!
MORE: Alyssa A. Lappen, writing in FrontPageMag.com, explains why the Saudi censors are having trouble in the United States:
Justice Eady then ordered Ehrenfeld to apologize, retract, pay bin Mahfouz $225,913.37 in damages and destroy copies of her book.Good!
posted by Eric on 08.18.07 at 05:18 PM
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