Irate Aussies go after US website
World government is living in Sydney
The owner of a US website accused of breaking Australian law by the Australian Human Rights Commission has told them to rack right off.
Encyclopaedia Dramatica is a tasteless collection of articles along the lines of Sickipedia or Something Awful.
ED is refusing to bow to demands from the AHRC that it remove an article about aborigines.
The AHRC letter accuses the site's largest shareholder, Joseph Evers, of breaching the Australian Racial Discrimination Act. It said it had received 20 complaints about the website.
The AHRC insists that the site should follow Australian law because, although the site is hosted in the US, with free speech protection, articles which can be read and downloaded in Australia are considered to have been published in Australia.
Evers insisted in his blog that the site would never bow to censorship and that Aussie users would be able to see the site "up until the point that your God-forsaken government blocks it with their soon-to-be-implemented secret list of banned material".
The site was blacklisted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority during the trial of the country's censoring firewall.
The article on aborigines was also removed from Google's Australian search results earlier this year. As Joseph Evers put it in his blog: "This was right after Google had done a large amount of grandstanding about fighting Chinese censorship. Which proves they’re a bunch of spineless hypocrites."
One of the site's moderators gave a rather brilliant interview to Nine News which includes a quote from Matthew 15.11 - "Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man." Wise words indeed.
Evers has been advised by his lawyer to steer clear of Australia. ®
I don't quite understand this
A US citizen which runs a US website hosted within the US is charged with breaches of Australian law because Australian citizens have chosen to download information from that website? The bits only ENTERED Australia because an Australian citizen requested that them!
There's something wrong with all of this.
The australian government interweb types now rule the content of the worlds internet do they? Unless of course i have missed the bleeding obvious these loons are telling someone in a foreign country what they can and cannot write and post in the internet.
So when china and iran et al come knocking and telling the western world that whatever they report or post on the web is unlawful in china/iran/australia they will hopefully told to get f***ed
Is this not similar to one of the american states trying to shut down global internet casinos because they could be accessed in that state?
Its one thing the aussies censoring their own internet, its another thing them trying to censor the world!
"The site was...
"... blacklisted by the Australian Communications and Media Authority during the trial of the country's censoring firewall."
You mean, the one that would only ever block child porn, we swear, what else would we want to block with it, of course it's only for child pornography?