To our readers, supporters and particularly our detractors and attackers – please feel completely free to link to FRL or use short snips of text per fair use. However, copying entire articles is a direct violation of copyright law and will be dealt with immediately. Here’s an example of a recent DMCA takedown from one of the anonymously-operated ‘spin sites’1 :
Location (URL) of the unauthorized material on a WordPress.com site (NOT simply the primary URL of the site – example.wordpress.com; you must provide the full and exact permalink of the post, page, or image where the content appears, one per line) : (offending site url redacted)
Access to the above material has been disabled. The site owner will be required to remove the content from http://www.freerangelongmont.com/2011/08/25/expect-outside-influence/ before republishing the post.
This isn’t the first time content has been stolen from FRL or other of my sites – it’s a routine for the far-right in Longmont. So much for the ‘law and order’ crowd. Clearly they believe the law isn’t intended for them – just those pesky ‘little people‘ – Mayor Baum and his supporters need to clean up their act. Also, the mayor needs to remember his place as a civil servant. So far he’s been neither.
Another point – just because a site has an image of the Civic Center on it does not neccessarily mean it’s official or represent the policy or position of the City of Longmont.
Here’s how Rigo Leal from City staff responded when I checked whether a certain site was associated with the city:
In response to your question, the City of Longmont does not run this website2. Apparently the editor of this site has chosen to remain anonymous.
I too see the image of city hall on this site. The City’s public information office always discourages websites from making it appear as if they represent the city in some official capacity. That usually happens when someone “grabs” the city logo from the website and uses it to promote their agenda or product. When that happens we push pretty hard for a site to remove the logo. However, in the case of public buildings, facilities or recreation areas we have little recourse when a site posts that type of photo. They are, after all, public facilities.
So, once again the extremists are desperately trying to attack, defame or discredit FRL – all the while wearing masks to conceal their identity but apparently hoping to fool people into thinking they’re speaking for the city or people of Longmont. That’s just cowardly and dishonest. Mayor Baum needs to be asked pointedly about his role and his supporters knowledge of the attack sites.
The public is urged to look closer and when someone claims they ‘need’ anonymity – ask why.
- The name and url are omitted because I refuse to give traffic to anyone dead-set on attacking FRL. BTW, in my opinion it’s Mayor Bryan Baum and his wife running it… which is truly sad. They even use a photo of the Civic Center to make it appear official – it’s not, city staff indicates it most certainly is not.
- The same site that violated FRL’s copyright and has been desperately spinning stories about Bryan Baum. Is this a coincidence? In my opinion, no.