"We stand ready to defend our free political speech and the free speech of all Americans against predatory companies like RightHaven and biased newspapers that would use the courts to try to generate revenue and silence the free speech of Americans," said William Gheen President of ALIPAC. "We intend to defend our organization, our rights, and our good name with every possible resource."
"RightHaven is suing ALIPAC over an article titled "'Latino Summit': (US Senator) Reid addresses Hispanic issues", which ran in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Feb. 18, 2010. The article describes US Senator Harry Reid's promises to a Latino group that he would support a form of Amnesty for illegal aliens in America. The article also describes how many Democrats are backing away from Reid's Amnesty legislation due to "recent loss of several high-profile seats to Republicans"
Senator Reid is in a close race with Republican challenger Sharon Angle who has recently been described by a new Political Action Committee called Immigrants List as "among biggest obstacles to immigration reform" Amnesty.
RightHaven is asking a judge to give them full control of ALIPAC's Internet domain www.ALIPAC.us which would allow them to shut down the entire website over the article about Senator Reid's support for Amnesty.
ALIPAC's first notice of a copyright dispute came in the form of a Google alert indicating a court document had been filed, followed by an e-mail of inquiry from a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Righthaven LLC is a new company formed in March of 2010 that goes around filing lawsuits without warning against bloggers hoping for a quick settlement of $3-$5,000.
ALIPAC archives articles from online publications as part of the groups rights under the Fair Use Act and as expressions of the group's members freedoms of political speech. In the six years ALIPAC has been in operation no other media outlet or company has chosen to challenge ALIPAC's rights in court, although materials from all major news publications are archived at www.ALIPAC.us
In the few cases where source publications have requested the removal of materials, those requests have been granted by ALIPAC. ALIPAC received no request from Las Vegas Review-Journal or RightHaven, just an Ambush lawsuit.
ALIPAC's archives have revolutionized the Internet's long term memory on subjects regarding illegal immigration. The archives are utilized without charge by American citizens, lawmakers, candidates, reporters, law enforcement agents, students, and others seeking greater knowledge about this important national issue.
"For American citizens to make proper choices and to be able to understand a complex political issue like illegal immigration, they need full access to articles and information across a period of many years," said William Gheen. "Our non-profit political action committee will not stop providing this service to American citizens as our volunteer work is a critical element of a national political debate. We are seeking legal representation today to defend our rights and to look into filing lawsuits against Righthaven and the Las Vegas Review-Journal for attempting to violate our Civil Rights and trying to prevent our public participation."
"We will not allow ourselves or the online communities of America debating political issues to be intimidated or silenced by the aggressive legal ambush tactics of Righthaven and Las Vegas Review-Journal," said William Gheen.
Americans for Legal Immigration PAC will be reaching out to supporters across America for financial and legal assistance in this matter. ALIPAC is America's third largest grassroots organization fighting for secure borders. With over 30,000 supporters nationally, the group does not intend to pay Righthaven a single dime, much less the thousands of dollars they usually extort from bloggers who cannot afford to defend themselves. For more information or to support ALIPAC please visit www.ALIPAC.us
CONTACT: Americans for Legal Immigration PAC
(866) 703-0864 WilliamG@alipac.us
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