I received this email in my inbox today.
It’s a Take Down Request from the University of Berkeley in regards to a commenter’s post left here at Vegan Soapbox over a year ago.
Clarification: The request was sent to my web host, not to me. My web host forwarded it to me.
The message is copied and pasted here:
> Re: Take down request — Inappropriate personal information posted by
> ThePlanet.com Internet Services customer website Ã’Â”vegansoapbox.comÃ’Â”
> The Ã’Â”vegansoapbox.comÃ’Â” site, a customer of ThePlanet.com Internet
> Services, Inc., is enabling the publication of endangering personal
> information on pages entitled Ã’Â”5 Responses to CA AB 2296 Stifles Animal
> AdvocatesÃ’Â’ Right To
> Free SpeechÃ’Â” under the item Ã’Â”Jon commented on Apr 16th, 2008 at 6:03
> The web page is posted at:
> The material includes personal home addresses and home phone numbers for
> individual researchers, work locations with specific room numbers in
> buildings on campus and work phone numbers for the researchers. The
> posting of such personal and work location information in this context
> clearly endangers these members of our academic community.
> Therefore, we request that your company immediately take whatever level of
> action is necessary to remove the material in question, up to and
> including disabling the entire site if required.
> This request is also made in light of Government Code section 6254.21
> which protects public officials, such as University employees, and their
> families from the possibility of intimidation and harassment in their
> private homes, by prohibiting the kind of publication of home addresses
> undertaken on the Ã’Â”vegansoapbox.comÃ’Â” website.
> Your cooperation in this important matter will support efforts to enforce
> legal and appropriate use of the Internet. Absent immediate confirmation
> that you agree to take down this inappropriate personal information, my
> Office will be referring this matter to our legal counsel for their
> (original signed by S. Waggener)
> Shelton M. Waggener
> Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information
> University of California, Berkeley
I believe this Take Down Request is just that, a request. I do not believe I have any legal obligation to remove the material.
I do not plan to remove the information.
I urge you to read the post and the comments for yourself and draw your own conclusions:
UPDATE: Here are some related articles:
- Regarding The Terrorist Label – “three reasons why the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller isn’t being called terrorism” but animal rights activists are the “number one domestic terrorism threat” despite never killing a human.
- Animal Extremists Are Not A Threat – “animal rights and environmental activists are less a threat to national security than to corporate financial security”
- Oppose The Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act – “All you have to do is look at the groups who support the act and the groups who opposed the act to know that the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act (AETA) isn’t good for free speech, animal rights, or protecting innocent Americans from terrorism.”