— EFF (@EFF) March 8, 2013
We should expect an official press release on Monday, I guess.
My heart has melted because of all the support we have received. The site traffic was unprecedentedly high over the last week, and people (even those who never heard of us before) have offered all types of help, including creating a fund to raise the defense money. With EFF’s involvement, it became a no-brainer: if you want to support our cause and the fight for the free speech in general, EFF is the right organization to donate your money to. Note that this plea is my own initiative: if EFF chooses to intervene and help people, they do it unconditionally.
Shortly before the EFF’s announcement, Paul Sieminski, a General Counsel for Automattic (WordPress.com’s parent company) sent an official response to Paul Duffy, refusing to comply with the troll’s sneaky overreaching subpoena. I’m sure you will enjoy this eloquent email and praise the business that, while having to abide the law, actually cares about its customers and does not throw them under the bus (as, for example, Neustar does):
From: Paul Sieminski
Date: March 8, 2013 2:39:47 PM PST
Re: Prenda Law, Inc. v. Paul A. Godfread, Alan Cooper, et al.
I write in response to Prenda Law, Inc.’s subpoena to Automattic, Inc. (“Automattic”) (relating to the WordPress.com sites dietrolldie.com and fightcopyrighttrolls.com). Your subpoena is legally deficient and objectionable for numerous reasons, enumerated below, and Automattic will not produce any documents in response to this subpoena.
In addition to the numerous legal deficiencies that render the subpoena invalid, it is also objectionable on numerous fronts.
Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns. A copy of this message will also follow by US Mail.
- ArsTechnica: WordPress to fight “legally deficient and objectionable” Prenda subpoena by Megan Geuss.
- Kevin Townsend: Prenda Law rebuffed by WordPress.