Florian Cramer on Mon, 11 Jan 2010 10:41:19 +0100 (CET)

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<nettime> Facebook demands Cease & Desist for the "Web 2.0 Suicide Machine"

The subject line says it all. On behalf of Facebook, the law firm
Perkins Coie has sent a Cease and Desist letter to Mike van Gaasbeek
from WORM <http://www.wormweb.nl>, the Rotterdam-based experimental arts
center of which MODDR_labs <http://www.moddr.net>, creators of the Web
2.0 Suicide Machine <http://www.suicidemachine.org>, are a part of.

Suggestions for competent legal defendants for WORM/MODDR would be
welcome. As a non-profit organization with roots in improvised and
electronic music and avant-garde filmmaking, WORM encounters this
situation for the first time. (Other media arts institutions wouldn't
have legal defense strategies ready in their desk drawers either.)

Since history is repeating itself for the n-th time here, a legal
defense network for arts and media organizations, artists, activists and
schools seems overdue; a network collaborating with good Internet
lawyers and raising funds for 'war chests'. Such networks and
organizations do exist in the world of Free Software/Open Source - like
the Open Source Legal Defense Center -, but they can't be trusted for
such purposes after FLOSS has got itself too deep in bed with Web 2.0


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