• 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.

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  1. Andrew Emmerson says:

    It’s worth noting that issuing false demands under the DCM Act is an offense itself,

    the DMCA requires a copyright holder issuing a takedown notice to state that it has a “good faith belief that the use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”

    Might be a start for you guys to look at.

  2. Please send a copy of the DMCA notice to us here at Chilling Effects! Or contact Scrapbook and ask them to do so.
    http://www.Chilling Effects.org
    The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse collects and analyzes legal complaints about online activity, helping Internet users to know their rights and understand the law. These submissions enable us to study the prevalence of legal threats and allow Internet users to see the source of content removals.

    Chilling Effects aims to support lawful online activity against the chill of unwarranted legal threats. Study to date suggests that cease and desist letters often silence Internet users, whether or not their claims have legal merit. The Chilling Effects project seeks to document that “chill” and inform C&D recipients of their legal rights in response.

    This sort of thing is exactly what our site and database exist to document and study.
    If you are willing to share more details about the scenario as it unfolds, we will publicize them and perhaps write about them.

  3. Everything posted on Facebook is owned and managed by Facebook as per the user agreement, unless it has previously be copyrighted.

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