Anti-Gay Group Straight-Pride Have Interview Removed On WordPress.
• Straight Pride UK have around 806 followers on Twitter and 50 likes on Facebook
• The group’s Twitter URL has changed from StraightPrideUK to PrideOfStraight
• Its website states: ‘there is nothing right with being homosexual, there is nothing right with being bisexual’
• The group used an American copyright law to have interview removed.
The Anti-Gay protest group Straight Pride UK have had an interview removed from the blogging giant WordPress after it used American copyright laws to have it removed.
The Guardian is reporting that student Oliver Hotham published an interview after the group stated they ‘admire President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his stance and support of his country’s traditional values”.
Hotham insists that Straight Pride UK volunteered the information provided through an email exchange.
A press officer for the group, Nick Steiner, in a document headed a ‘press release ‘said: “Straight Pride support what Russia and Africa is doing, these country have morals and are listening to their majorities.”
Writing on his blog, OliverHotham.wordpress.com Hotham described when Straight Pride UK threaten legal action:
‘It has been brought to my attention that you have published the email that I sent you to, you did not state this in your email request, nor you did have consent to do this.
I therefore request that you take down the article that you have placed on your blog.
You have 7 days in which to do this, failing this I shall submit a DMCA to WordPress to have it remove’ threatened the emails from Straight Pride UK.
The Digital Millenium Copyright Act is a United States copyright law.
It criminalises production and dissemination of technology, devices, or services intended to circumvent measures (commonly known as digital rights management or DRM) that control access to copyrighted works. It also criminalises the act of circumventing an access control, whether or not there is actual infringement of copyright itself. – Source Wikipedia
Mr Hotham said that there was no indication that the press release was copyrighted material.
Within a few days, according to Mr Hotham WordPress removed the post without notice and without questions – telling Mr Hotham if he tried to publish the article again he would be suspended.
Since the article has been removed Mr Hotham has had numerous contacts from the group’s press officer Mr Steiner, who insists that all mentions of Straight Pride UK be removed, threatening to involved WordPress again.