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Israeli-Backed 'God TV' in UK Hits Salem-News.com With Legal AssaultTim King Salem-News.com
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(SALEM, Ore.) - Salem-News.com is in a legal battle with 'God TV' in the UK because we published video from their TV show showing them cheering the demolition of Palestinian homes so Jewish settlers can build colonies atop historic villages that have existed for hundreds of years.
We need the backing of our readers and those who care. Most of you do not realize that Bonnie King and I are not wealthy, we are not supported by immediate or distant family members, we simply barely exist. We are accused by our critics of "driving our Volvo" or a "Toyota Prius" and I laugh to myself. I know most people can't imagine that we live in a poverty status but that is the case.
For six years we have been running this online news group and getting poorer and poorer. We don't even own a car.
In the beginning our motivations were to build something that would become a lifetime business and that is still the case. Little did we know however, that our small staff would inevitably manage numerous specific, demanding, important subjects not being discussed by most other media groups.
History tells us these subjects have been on target.
Here they are:
Do these things matter to you? They matter to us. This is really just a partial list of the areas we concentrate our energies on. If you don't care then move on and find something you would rather read. Maybe our swan song isn't what you need today but so be it.
My point is that this is it; if people help us we can bring change, we are already doing this but the increments are small. We have over 20,000 unique visitors almost every day. We have never promoted Salem-News.com with any proper nationwide campaign, and we have never received any type of backing except 'band aid' assistance from friends who care, even our writers for goodness sake. It doesn't seem right that they should need to do this, and so I extend this plea to you, our readers, to help.
Back to the God TV problem, their beef is that we are allegedly guilty of a UK copyright infringement. Why? Because we carried a video clip of their own TV show that is publicly posted on Vimeo with an embed code denoting it is totally available to use. We used it within a news story as reference, something done as a benefit to the reader. As of now, the video has been removed from the story, though it continues to be available online irregardless of Salem-News.com.
News organizations are protected from this kind of onslaught in the United States (see Fair Use), but across the pond things are done a little differently and this particular group is taking advantage of that, ceasing the opportunity.
The real story behind their anger is simple: we told the truth. With or without a video frame on the story, the truth remains the same. This group is relying on God's name to call for the pillaging of Palestinian people. That is damned unacceptable in my book and we will find ways to report the truth- and never stop.
For now we have to defend ourselves; not only are they trying to disrupt our relationship with our server group, they are also in contact with our domain server. Bonnie calls this poking us with a stick. Well, they've got my attention.
This is 100% strong-arming tactics at play. They have endless money to hire lawyers and harass our small group of truth bearers.
Here is the full letter we originally received from Davenport Lyons, a London attorney. Any lawyers in London who support Palestine and can help us pro bono with this would be greatly appreciated.
22 December 2010
This is what we received from the company that provides our server:
"Unfortunately a security related incident has occurred involving a server or account for which you are responsible. The text of the report, as it was provided by the complaining party, is below. Please remove or otherwise resolve this issue to stop it from continuing. Normally we can provide 24 hours to resolve an issue but that time may be extended if you require more. 24 hours notice before disconnection cannot be guaranteed in all cases.
This video currently remains available on Vimeo, for all to see- share- or embed. The fact that we published it however, has brought a stream of contact from God TV's legal staff. It just doesn't fit.
Please help us fight this problem, we are dedicated but lack the means to defend ourselves. This group working on behalf of Israel has extremely deep pockets.
Beyond that we are already in need of support and assistance. Our stories are powerful and they are widely read by many around the world, though that doesn't equate in ad revenue. We greatly appreciate the sponsors we do have, we are always looking for more, and look forward to the day when it isn't so hard to exist and do our jobs. That day will come.
We have PayPal to receive funds electronically (Click Here), and if for any reason it does not function, because it can get a little tricky sometimes, please go to the front of www.Salem-News.com and visit the PayPal link at the top right corner of the front page.
Another way to help is by sending a check to our Post Office box. Your help will be directly applied and help sustain us.
Salem-News.com P.O. Box 5238 Salem, OR. 97304
The solidarity means everything. As far as we know there is not a privately owned news group in the US that receives our kind of traffic. 60,000 to 70,000 of our articles are opened every 24-hours. The fact that we are a news group and not a blog places Salem-News.com in a very unique category.
We have almost 18,000 articles published online, more than 70 contributing writers, and more original content than we know what to do with (figuratively).
We are also open to ideas from investors, as long as they understand our vision and why we do what we do. We have the ability to change big things and that is why we have Israeli groups like GOD TV trying to take us out. Emphasis on trying. Please help however you can, thank you.
These are the articles we have published that reference GOD TV:
Dec-19-2010: Killing in the Name... - Salem-News.com
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