p2pnet goes on hold …
I’m being sued for libel and consequently, there’ll be a drop in postings for a few days while I try to get the situation sorted out.
As I’ve posted a number of times, p2pnet is a non-entrepreneurial, not-for-profit site based in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. It started out as a personal page and although the ads now pay my way and support the site, they do so only with the barest of margins and I’m not living in the lap of luxury, or even able to put anything in the bank. I say this not because I want anyone to feel sorry for me. p2pnet is a commitment and I’m tremendously proud to have been able to stand up strongly for principles I, and others, believe in.
I hope I’ve come up with a workable solution and I’ll keep you posted as things progress. Meanwhile, if you’re a Canadian lawyer who may be willing to represent me pro bono, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cheers! And thanks. And as usual, all the best …
By way pf a PS – I will be posting after all. People have sent copy in (not to mention emails of support) and it’d be churlish not to. So give me a few moments (I was up all night) for a shower and a cuppa and I’ll get started …….
Better : ) A cup of rosie lee works wonders, as does getting wet. heh.
Who’s behind this? There’s very little I can say about things at this point, except everyone has been wrong so far. I’ll post updates but for now, I’ll get the items sent in online and we’ll talk later.
Cheers! And thanks, everybody. It’s nice to know I have friends, even if they are as broke as me : )
UPDATE – 12:31 Pacific
I’m not being coy by keeping my mouth shut. As I just told Tim Richardson over at The Register:
While I search for someone to act for me (ie, pro bono publico), I can say this: I’m being sued principally as a publisher, not for something I wrote.
This represents online freedom of speech in its purest sense and my natural inclination is to go into detail in public.
But this isn’t about what’s right or wrong. It’s about the law, and that’s a very different bag. Handsomely paid lawyer’s pleading against handsomely paid lawyers to other handsomely paid lawyers. The defendants and/or plaintiffs are almost incidental.
And at this point, I’m getting nowhere with finding legal help here in Canada.
In the meanwhile, I’ll be doing posts as and when I can, in between trying to find a way to deal with this, or have it dealt with, in a fair and reasonable way.
This is David and Goliath all over again and funnily enough, I just had a call from Patti Santangelo. We were comparing notes and the way it’s going, I may soon have to try and start a defence fund for myself.
So if there are any rich people out there who’d be interested in giving me a hand …….
In other words, there’s no a gag order – I’m silent because I haven’t been able to take any action on my own behalf yet.
And the case is hugely ironic, as you’ll discover when some of the details emerge.
And be sure of this – It has the potential to set a precedent, in Canada at least, turning online freedom of speech into a genuine travesty.
Finally, I’m getting a little tired of the nasty emails, etc. Leave it out, OK? You guys aren’t doing anyone any good by slinging mud. We need to be in lock-step, not dancing separate, pointless jigs.
Cheers! And definitely stay tuned.
(And not at all incidentally, thanks for all the good wish emails ……)
UPDATE 2 – 10:32 Pacific, May 20 – It’s now public knowledge that Kazaa owner Sharman Networks and Kazaa ceo Nikki Hemming are the ones who are suing me. My most recent post is here.