Tag Archives: Censorship

Stephen Conroy The Bully

First I must say Senator Stephen Conroy shame on you, you need to learn about bullying, and the consequences of it. We have seen in the last few years an active push to stop bullying in schools (http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/), but that seams to have slipped past the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

So what am I harping on about, well there has been some debate on implementing a national internet filter in Australia. Well ok maybe that’s not really true, it’s more an argument about what to block, as it appears the decision has already been made and now it’s up to the special interest groups to get as much stuff blocked as possible.

Here is the part that really pisses me off, Conroy tried to shut this information down. When Mark Newton from Internode raised these concerns and criticisms, minister Conroys department (Belinda Dennett) fired off a letter to the Internet Industry Association (IIA) board member Carolyn Dalton in an attempt to pressure Newton into reining in his dissent.

“In your capacity as a board member of the IIA I would like to express my serious concern that a IIA member would be sending out this sort of message. I have also advised [IIA chief executive] Peter Coroneos of my disappointment in this sort of irresponsible behaviour”

The worst part of this is that a phone call demanding that the message be passed on to senior Internode management was made. What?! Sound like they were trying to get Mark fired to me.

Any way I’ll leave it for you to decide, below you will find links to coverage on it but most importantly an interview with Mark conducted by NetQOS’ s Performance daily.

Coverage:

Oh yes I’ve also set up a redirect on my site that grabs people coming from gov.au internet addresses and gives them a wonderful message that you are all free to view.

The code in the htaccess file is as follows:

RewriteCond %{REMOTE_HOST} .gov.au$ [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !^/conroy_403.html [NC]
RewriteRule .* http://www.webwhitenoise.com/conroy_403.html [R=302,L]

Yes, not perfect but the aim is to annoy, anyway it’s inspired by the “the gov.au blockade” back in 1999.

YouTube Fail, American Rights Counsel Doesn’t Exist

YouTube, or maybe they should be called NoobTube, and no that’s not a BF2 reference to people using grenade launchers at point blank. Any way back on the point, YouTube has once again done something that makes them look foolish after receiving 4000 DMCA take down notices from an organisation that does not exist. That’s right they have started dropping peoples accounts based on false claims from a group that does not exist. The false group in question is American Rights Counsel LLC, a group that basically doesn’t exist. The only results you will find in Google will be for people complaining about their accounts being suspended. For a group that sounds like a rights group, they sure know how to suppress peoples rights. Buy the way Filing a false DMCA claim is illegal.

Welcome to ‘The Suck’ if your a YouTube user.

Anyway here is a list of some forum threads and other articles on this current debacle:

Why GTA 4 Will Probably be Banned in Australia

This video kind of demonstrates my point as to why Grand Theft Auto 4 (GTA 4) will probably either be modified for release in Australia, or banned outright.

Before watching the video I thought it best to describe what you will see in the video.

Synopsis of Video

First of all you will see the character receiving a hand job from the ‘lady of the night’ he has previously picked up, the hand job costs him $20. After conducting her business transaction the girl then gets out of the car and the player proceeds on to his next sexual conquest.

Upon finding the next slut to play with, she gets in the car and you drive a more secluded area inside the game. Once you have a nice quiet spot you pay $50 and this time you receive a blow job. Once you reach your happy ending, the hooker gets out of the car and you drive off looking for your next score.

Once finding the next girl the player dives to another place that quiet. This time the fee in $70, but this time it’s plain and simple sex, , ok maybe not so simple as the position in the driver seat doesn’t look all that comfortable for either party. After finishing off the girl gets out of the car, but this time so does the player. As the girl is walking away the player pulls a gun she begins to run…. bang, 9mm round to the head, that’s one dead hooker. Oh one more thing don’t forget to pick up her cash that dropped off her when she got hit in the head, it’s amazing how people drop there money and you don’t’ have fish through their cloths when you shoot them in the head.

My Reaction

Having now seen the video the usual people are going to start to cry, that’s not suitable for kids why would they make a game like that. The point here is that GTA 4 isn’t designed for kids, if your a parent and you buy this for your kids your irresponsible and should know better.

GTA 4 is designed for older teenagers and adults, not to mention it’s meant to be a story about the life of an immigrant moving to Liberty City he’s kind of depressed and lonely being in a new place and country, so maybe he wants to have sex occasionally and is willing to pay for it. Reality is however as the player you don’t have to interact with the prostitutes it’s entirely optional. In fact I would be more concerned about the kid that comes up with the idea to kill the hooker after having sex with her, then any dangers the game may pose. Seriously if your kid was playing this and decided it was a good idea to kill the hooker after paying for sex, then your kid needs serious help now, as they are already one fucked up individual and they didn’t need this game to make them that way.

Is YouTube Supressing Freedom of Speech?

It now looks like if you want to express yourself YouTube is not the place to go. Apparently YouTube has a history of this, they will suspend peoples accounts but will not explain the exact nature of the suspension. You can see an example here. (Banned on YouTube By Michelle Malkin)

If you look at this example you will see that all you get from YouTube is a generic notice, a very flimsy document indeed from a legal view point. The most insulting part of this email is that it points you to the terms of service. Service is not a word I would use here, service would be if a staff member at YouTube bothered to give a clear and concise explanation of the suspension. The best part is that it does little to reply to them and ask them to explain in detail the suspension, and/or to provide information about the claim that has been made against your account.

Here is the fun part, in that article there was a video, this video is a trailer that was uploaded by the interviewer, Mark Bunker, a known critic of Scientology. What is really interesting though is when you click the video it’s not there, you get the old “Sorry this video is no longer available”. Now I’ve seen this video before, it was post at “The Wog Blog“, and I’ve seen the video’s that Mark has placed on YouTube before so I know that he has been posting under “XenuTV1” (The 1 is there because Mark has had his account closed before, he was “XenuTV” prior to that). So I did a search for his account, www.youtube.com/user/xenutv1 was the URL were his videos get published on YouTube. You will see that when you goto the page “This account is suspended.”

Now the previous day I know that Tory Christman, a former high-ranking Scientologist of 30 years and noted critic of the cult since 2000, had been also suspended on YouTube. On that day when I found out I sent my protest to YouTube about this.

So I’ve done the same thing today, I’ve sent a message YouTube bitching about this, it’s not acceptable that YouTube can just close an account and provide a crappy response. Now I wasn’t expecting a reply from YouTube, they didn’t reply on the ToryMagoo44 account suspension, but this time they did.

YouTube Support support@youtube.com wrote:

Hi there,

Thanks for your email.

We are only able to discuss specific content removals with the user who posted the materials.

We take copyright issues very seriously and prohibit users from uploading infringing material. We cooperate with copyright holders to identify and promptly remove infringing content from the site. Our community guidelines make it clear that users must own or have permission from the copyright holders to post any videos. Videos that breach these rules are removed and we disable all accounts belonging to repeat offenders.

Regards,

The YouTube Team

Now Mark has been allowed by Torry to put a video on her account, here it be:

You can see from Mark’s statement that he does not believe that he is in violation of YouTube‘s terms of service. I can’t wait for the interview now, I otherwise would have probably ignored it. So YouTube what the hell are you doing?

So what little creative thing has this prompted me to do, well the following logo’s are probably going to be of entertainment value to anyone who wants to lampoon YouTube and their censoring ways. So have fun with them.

Disclaimer: These are not official YouTube Logos

Definition: Freedom of Speech
Freedom of speech is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one’s opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment.
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Update – 20th April 2008

Let this be a lesson to you all, this is why you must be careful when it comes to sending people accurate information, and being clear in your emails. Especially when it comes to legal notices.

Here is a link to a very long explanation as to what is going on with Mark Bunker‘s YouTube account.

I disagree with Mark in regards to YouTube not telling him about the identity of the complainant, privacy is important and I feel it’s unnecessary for a persons identity to be revealed to him (Mark) by YouTube. However YouTube must explain carefully exactly the nature of suspension, and allow the issue to be resolved between the parties. Because YouTube wants to maintain user privacy here you can see that they basically need to be an intermediary between the parties. To me this looks like a case of YouTube just simply doesn’t give a stuff and would rather trash the content then resolve the issue. Lazy bastards.

A portion of blame here belongs to Mark as well, reality is he should have chased YouTube and Viacom when his first account was suspended and resolved the issue in regards to BayTSP notice ID: 158-8236. (Basically a DMCA Notice)

Update – 21st April 2008

The Jason Beghe Interview

Mark Bunker has posted the Jason Beghe Interview, it’s bound to cause a storm.
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Part 1

Scientology: Jason Beghe Interview Pt.1 from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 2

Scientology: Jason Beghe Pt 2 from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 3

Scientology: Jason Beghe Part 3 from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 4

Scientology: Jason Beghe Part 4 from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 5

Scientology: 5/8 Jason Beghe Interview from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 6

Scientology: Jason Beghe Part 6 from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 7

Scientology: 7/8 Jason Beghe Interview from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Part 8

Scientology: 8/8 Jason Beghe Interview from Mark Bunker on Vimeo.

Update – 25th April 2008

XenuTV is now at Vimeo.

Update – 3rd June 2008

XenuTV and XenuTV1 are now back online.

Live Journal, Fascists?

Live Journal to make its site less attractive to sex pests seems to have backfired as the administrators purge the site of hundreds of sex-themed discussion groups.

Users are incandescent with rage after they found literary critiques and fan-written fiction about Harry Potter purged in an effort to protect children. Live Journal deleted around 500 journals this week in hopes of better “protecting children” following requests by activist groups.

While some journals were clearly dodgy the online journal burners seem to have demanded the removal of science fiction, fantasy or user-written “fandom” stories.

Live Journal’s sex pest purge backfires

Big Brother AU Adults Only Cut After Political Presure

The Ten Network yesterday dumped its Big Brother: Adults Only series, just one day after being told by Coalition MPs the steamy show was damaging the network’s push for key media reforms.

Network Ten executive chairman Nick Falloon and chief executive Grant Blackley received an ear-bashing in Canberra this week while lobbying for law changes that would drive up the potential sale price of the Canadian-controlled company.

Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce said yesterday he harangued the executives over Big Brother on Thursday in a meeting arranged by Ten to argue the network’s case for media reform.

“I listened to what they had to say then told them in no uncertain terms that they were doing themselves no favors arguing for reforms while Big Brother was still on the air,” Senator Joyce told The Weekend Australian.

Mr Joyce said the delegation argued the adults-only version, screened at 9.40pm on Mondays, had been sanitised after complaints about last year’s series.

“And I said, ‘The other night you had simulated anal sex on the TV just three hours after The Simpsons‘,” Senator Joyce said. “Tell me how I explain that to my daughter.”

It is understood Communications Minister Helen Coonan, who has put together the proposed media reforms, also told Mr Falloon many MPs were complaining about the show.

Ten said yesterday it had dropped the series, saying there were only “three or four episodes” left to run.

“Questions continue to be raised as to whether the show should be on air,” a Ten statement said. “We did not see that situation changing, regardless of how we treated the program, and that uncertainty was putting unfair pressure on our team.”

Asked whether the show was dropped due to the push for reforms, a Ten spokeswoman said: “This has come from us looking at a range of issues.”

Ten owner CanWest, a Canadian media company, said in its submission on media reforms to Senator Coonan that plans to wind back foreign and cross-media ownership would enable the industry to increase its profits.

A change in ownership laws would allow more companies to attempt to buy Ten, driving up its price.

The Ten network has also received complaints about Big Brother from the Coalition’s Classifications Issues backbench committee.

The committee is demanding the Australian Communications and Media Authority be given wider powers to patrol content on free-to-air television and respond to public complaints.

During Tuesday’s partyroom meeting, committee chair Trish Draper and Nationals MP Paul Neville complained directly to John Howard about Big Brother.

Mr Neville is an influential member of the backbench communications committee closely scrutinising proposals for media reform.

Ms Draper and Senator Joyce were last night pleased with Ten‘s decision to scrap the adults-only version of Big Brother.

Senator Joyce said the Ten delegation had remained largely silent during his spray on Thursday. “They just sat there sheepishly, looking around for the nearest exit,” he said.

Update: Big Brother 2008 Promo

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