- Top Oxford Tory claims Mandela is ‘terrorist’ hours after he died
- Jeff Vinall says his offensive Facebook status is copyrighted
- Issues legal ‘take-down notice’ to our web hosting company
- Whole Scrapbook site could be taken offline unless we comply
The director of communications for Oxford University Tories is abusing copyright law to gag Political Scrapbook from reporting an offensive comment he made hours after the death of Nelson Mandela. In a post to Facebook, Jeff Vinall (@JeffV8) made remarks to the effect that Mandela was a ‘terrorist’ and expressed hope that the world would not see his like again.
After we refused to censor our original post, Jeff Vinall — who is a second year law undergraduate at Brasenose College — has issued a legal ‘take down’ notice to Scrapbook’s web hosts in the US under the under section 512 (c) of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
We are currently seeking legal advice on the issue and hope to have the original quote back up in full shortly.
Without irony, Jeff Vinall appears in an advert (LINK) for Oxford Tories which claims he is a Conservative because:
“I believe in freedom, perseverance and enterprise.”
But not, it seems, if you are a journalist trying to do your job.
They obviously don’t teach a Streisand Effect module at Brasenose.