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Attempted censorship of your favorite Ridley vid
« on: April 11, 2016, 09:35:27 pm »

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NH: Censorship attempt launched against video that depicts censorship attempt

What is probably one of New Hampshire's top five most popular YouTube vids...faces attempted suppression. My million-hit clip shows a pro-Medicaid-expansion activist on a public Concord sidewalk, reporting her political opponents to police because they "have signs here" and "aren't with us."  I've just received an e-mail, apparently from YouTube, which claims that someone has complained to them asking the vid be taken down.  I have declined to do so.  Presumably Google administrators will make the final decision whether to suppress it.  Here's the clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM-JbIOUmTo
"Cop corrects liberal snitch who reported her political opponents (Concord, NH)"

Here is the playlist, covering the incident and event in more depth:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGeF52rAuBvXqxq6D8Jla0FFdbbQ3aMAs

Here's a provisional backup copy of the vid in case the original disappears:
https://youtu.be/5qeO5FdN3UE

If you're a supporter of press freedom in New Hampshire, please take one of the following actions:

1) Inform the public of this vid and the attempt to censor it...show the authoritarians how a Barbara Streisand Effect works.
 
2) Provide the public with the information you have, or are able to collect, regarding the names and positions of the political activists and politicians depicted in this video.  We do have Zandra Rice Hawkins' name obviously; she appears later in the series of videos from this scene.  Then there is the "report-sign-wavers" activist who apparently responds to the name "Jill." We don't have her last name.

3) Contact YouTube politely expressing your support for maintaining the video and others like it.  It's no shock YouTube comes under political pressure to suppress political videos.  While they have the "property right" to do this, it would be good if they came under pressure to maintain such clips.   Here's how to contact them:
http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=28583.msg298789#new

4) Respect the human rights of all your enemies...don't be like the free speech foes caught on tape in this video.

My suspicion is that some of the nastier (not so welcome) comments probably sparked this more than anything else... Other possibilities include the simple fact that it has a million views and depicts one or more political activists engaging in questionable behavior which someone may wish to cover up.  If someone posted someone's home address in the comment section or something, I'd probably be willing to delete that...but I haven't yet found such a comment after looking. 

In terms of the comments that are nasty in one way or another...well that's, nasty!  But I'm reluctant to censor comments of almost any kind, even spam.  There are reasons for this:

) Free staters are perceived as making the claim that we would be better or at least more lenient at governing than the current governments are.  That means we should at least *try* to set an example of tolerance toward speech we disapprove of. And believe me, I disapprove of any threatening comments that might be posted against the political activists I filmed.
 
) Censorship of comments could at least theoretically interfere with efforts which law enforcement might undertake against actual bad guys who post excessively threatening comments.   Removing such comments, or this video, would amount to actively and directly interfering with this process, if such a process is underway.  Whatever concerns we might have about cops' overall policies or funding mechanism, we should not actively stand in the way of a possible investigation of pubic data that could be used to gather information about an excessively violent criminal. 

Publicly available details and updates on this situation will appear at:  http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=28583.msg298789#msg298789

Dave Ridley
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Here are screen shots of the email I received:
http://nhunderground.com/forum/index.php?topic=27708.msg360775#msg360775

Here is a text copy of it:

(From): support@support.youtube.com
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To:
(redacted)@pages.plusgoogle.com; 1:12 PM
"Dear RidleyReport,

This is to notify you that we have received a privacy complaint from an 
individual regarding your content:

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Video URLs: http://youtube.com/watch?v=MM-ksa3nU7U
http://youtube.com/watch?v=TM-JbIOUmTo
The information reported as violating privacy is at 0_27-0_44

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We would like to give you an opportunity to review the content in question 
and remove any personal information that may be used to uniquely identify 
or contact the complainant.

You have 48 hours to take action on the complaint. If you remove the 
alleged violation from the site within the 48 hours, the complaint filed 
will then be closed. If the potential privacy violation remains on the site 
after 48 hours, the complaint will be reviewed by the YouTube Team and may 
be removed pursuant to our Privacy Guidelines 
(http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_guidelines). For content to be considered 
for removal, an individual must be uniquely identifiable by image, voice, 
full name, Social Security number, bank account number or contact 
information (e.g., home address, email address). Examples that would not 
violate our privacy guidelines include gamer tags, avatar names, and 
address information in which the individual is not named. We also take 
public interest, newsworthiness, and consent into account when determining 
if content should be removed for a privacy violation.

If the alleged violation is located within the video itself, you may have 
to remove the video completely. If someone's full name or other personal 
information is listed within the title, description, or tags of your video, 
you can edit this by going to My Videos and clicking the Edit button on the 
reported video. Making a video private is not an appropriate method of 
editing, as the status can be changed from private to public at any time. 
Because they can be turned off at any time, annotations are also not 
considered an acceptable solution.

We're committed to protecting our users and hope you understand the 
importance of respecting others' privacy. When uploading videos in the 
future, please remember not to post someone else's image or personal 
information without their consent. For more information, please review our 
Privacy Guidelines http://www.youtube.com/t/privacy_guidelines."
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Re: Attempted censorship of your favorite Ridley vid.
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2016, 10:09:25 pm »

This is the contact information I found for YouTube after 15 minutes of digging.  This first one is probably best.

legal@support.youtube.com

press@youtube.com
support@support.youtube.com

Our Address
You can contact YouTube at the address below.

Fax: +1 650-253-0001

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h8-6QltZQlk
http://www.wikihow.com/Contact-YouTube

I found most of these at https://www.youtube.com/t/contact_us
Some weren't listed there.
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Re: Attempted censorship of your favorite Ridley vid
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2016, 01:17:19 am »

National media contacted so far:  Reason Magazine, since they already did a story about me.
New England media contacted so far:  Union Leader, Concord Monitor, WMUR-TV, WBIN-TV, NH Public Radio, Nashua Telegraph, FreeTalkLive.com, WCRN-AM, WLMW-FM.


Most of the discussion of this will happen on Facebook
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but I'll try to keep this thread updated with the basics since it's more viewable to the public.


I sent this to YouTube:

legal@support.youtube.com; 1:51 AM

"Dear folks at YT legal:

Google and YouTube have been a source of great appreciation and satisfaction for me over the years; I am reluctant to join the chorus of criticism against either.   But I do have some concerns regarding (rare) deletions of my past vids.... over two thousand of which I have produced to our mutual benefit.  The one you are looking into deleting now, is a source of escalated concern, concern I am sharing with the press in the news release below."
 
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Re: Attempted censorship of your favorite Ridley vid
« Reply #4 on: April 15, 2016, 06:13:15 am »

I remember that, Bill.  I think I've had about 3 vids taken down this way since 2007, not sure.
Partial list of media coverage on this so far:

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/04/13/new-hampshire-complaint-censorship-chills-viral-video-on-youtube-uses-false-privacy-claim/
http://granitegrok.com/blog/2016/04/censorship-effort-underway-in-new-hampshire
http://www.girardatlarge.com/2016/04/ambush-interviews-with-ridley-report/
  I was also able to call in to WCRN's "First Amendment Friday" where they let you talk about whatever you like and we discussed this for about 7 minutes.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2016, 12:56:03 am »

YouTube sent me an email reassuring me the video is not taken down...they did not promise to never take it down.
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« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2016, 08:47:23 pm »

An attempt is underway to quash a different ridleo on YouTube (the other two attempts this year failed).

This time someone's going after at least the first three parts of a series...and the series is only a few days old.  Please help publicize this video and the attempt to get it removed from YouTube.  Adding it to FaceBook now.  Let's show 'em some Barbara Streisand effect.

Public Library vs. Camera
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGeF52rAuBvWVLP3ObdgMaJTwriE07m_C

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Copy of the notification I received from YouTube:

"Thu 12/8, 4:30 PM
ridleyreport-2619@pages.plusgoogle.com
Dear RidleyReport,

This is to notify you that we have received a privacy complaint from an individual regarding your content:

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZP1N4zSlI14
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDaZir62d_Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zcFVtPoZ__o

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We would like to give you an opportunity to remove or edit the private information within the content reported. You have 48 hours to take action on the complaint. If you remove the alleged violation from the site within the 48 hours, the complaint filed will then be closed. If the potential privacy violation remains on the site after 48 hours, the complaint will be reviewed by the YouTube Team and may be removed pursuant to our Privacy Guidelines.

Alleged violations commonly occur within the video content. YouTube offers a Custom Blurring tool, which allows you to blur anything in your video, including individuals or information. For more information on this blurring feature, visit the Creator Blog and Help Center. Alleged violations may also occur in the title, description or tags of your video. YouTube offers metadata editing tools which you can access by going to My Videos and clicking the Edit button on the reported video. Making a video private is not an appropriate method of editing, as the status can be changed from private to public at any time. Because they can be turned off at any time, annotations are also not considered an acceptable solution.

We're committed to protecting our users and hope you understand the importance of respecting others' privacy. When uploading videos in the future, please remember not to post someone else's image or personal information without their consent. Personal information includes, but is not limited to, Social Security number, National Identification number, bank account number or contact information (e.g. home address, email address). For more information, please review our Privacy Guidelines."

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« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2016, 05:57:42 pm »

Updates:  I did go back on Dec 5 two days after shooting these vids and did a microdemonstration outside the library, vid to follow. 
Other than that and uploading the vids I was not planning on pursuing this further; however the attempt at remote censorship has inspired me to do some more stuff.    I've just written a Letter to the Editor about the incident for the Gazette and will probably write another one for the CSIndy.org, which is Colorado Springs' other paper.  I called in to Free Talk Live with an update last night.

Someone from Photography is not a Crime contacted me earlier today and was interested in writing up an article; they're asking what happens next.  As of yesterday I was thinking the next step will be to do three of the following six things, some of which of course are now done.

1) Letter(s) to editor detailing what happened (I'd have to use my NH address since that's my legal residence)
2) Calls to talk radio about it.
3) Demonstration outside the library or some other location....inviting local freedom folk this time.
4) Visit to some other related government meeting in a different location to speak about this during public comment or interview officials
5) Calling one or more library officials and broadcasting the conversations.
6) Further publicizing and multiplying the vid

If there were some new/different provocation then I'd probably do all six.

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« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2016, 02:53:19 pm »

Gal from PhotographyIsNotACrime.com writes:

"We found dozens of other videos posted to youtube from inside that library of all kinds of events...including one guy who goes in there just to video record the elevators."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0f8RF2NCpc

Rockin' the Gauntlet: Penrose Public Library, downtown Colorado Springs."

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Here's the LTE I sent yesterday to the Gazette:

Dear folks at the Gazette:

On December 3, visiting the city where I grew up, I entered the Penrose Public Library at downtown Colorado Springs.  The purpose was to film at a Democrat-oriented anti-Trump meeting.  First to arrive, I stood with my electronics outside the large chamber commonly known as their Carnegie Reading Room.  Within minutes and before I had filmed anything, a security guard was standing in front of me telling me I must have permission to operate my apple-sized camcorder in the public building.  I started filming him for that reason; you can see the video of what happened next at RidleyReport.com

Ultimately, the thing you all need to know is that quasi-government personnel are using your tax dollars to try and censor people who are filming their attempts at...censorship!  Additionally, in this instance, they tried to prevent independent recording at an event of general interest featuring state/local politicians.  Thirdly, YouTube has informed me *they* coming under pressure to delete the video.  In reaction to these provocations against the free flow of political information,  I am taking additional peaceable steps to publicize and disseminate the video.  It's called the "Barbara Streisand Effect."  I invite your readers to do the same, to film any bureaucrat who says they can't and to contact me if they have concerns of their own. Just look for Dave Ridley New Hampshire on Facebook or use the "about" section at my YouTube channel.  And if you "can't stands no more," do what I did long ago: Join the Free State Project and move to New Hampshire for more liberty.

Dave Ridley
Bedford, NH

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And here's the LTE I sent yesterday to the Colorado Springs Independent:

Dear readers at CSI:

Remember that time you were at a public library trying to film an anti-Trump event....but goons hired by the library tried to stop you from filming *anything* in the building?    Probably not; doesn't happen to most people or at most libraries.  But it happened to me on December 3 at Penrose Library while I was visiting my childhood home of  Colorado Springs.  You can see video of the incident at RidleyReport.com...unless, of course, the folks trying to make YouTube remove the vid are successful in their "follow up censorship" effort. 

If you have concerns about such taxpayer-funded interference with video recording in public...you can help by spreading the video around.  If that's not enough, and the Springs really does descend into a state of fascistic thuggery, do what I did in '04.  Join the Free State Project and move to New Hampshire for more liberty.

Dave Ridley
Bedford, NH

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Lastly, there appear to be written restrictions on "staring" while in the library.  I'll try and relocate/publish those eventually unless one of you gets to it first.
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2016, 11:31:53 pm »

Some updates not yet reported on the RidleyReport itself:

The library restricts not only the use of cameras but the use of eyes.

'CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
18.  "Staring at, or following, a patron or staff in a manner that reasonably can be expected to disturb him or her, including photographing or filming persons without prior approval from PPLD."
 OK, filming patrons might be a problem, but filming staff is a 1A protected right.  But, observe the visitor's behavior and look for smartphones and cameras.'
 - http://ppld.org/code-conduct-policy

YouTube has not removed any of the vids thus far, and the total number of hits on the series is at roughly 40,000 after about 12 days on the air.

Media coverage, including a thoughtful response from a library official...who says one of his employees was the one who tried to get three of the YouTube vids taken down. 
http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/12/16/watch-new-hampshire-journalist-kicked-out-of-colorado-library-for-trying-to-record-anti-trump-event/
http://www.unionleader.com/article/20161217/AGGREGATION/161219375
http://news4security.com/posts/2016/12/watch-new-hampshire-journalist-kicked-out-of-colorado-library-for-trying-to-record-anti-trump-event-updated/
https://www.freetalklive.com/podcast/2016-12-09
The official gets at least one thing wrong however, claiming I didn't register for the event.  I did sign up via Unite Colorado Springs' RSVP process advertised on their Facebook page.  I assume that would be considered registering. 

At my microproest in front of the library, someone recognized me as the New Hampshire guy from YouTube.  A Colorado Springs Wal-Mart worker also recognized me from the internet and said he'd already seen some of the goon library vids.   Lastly there was a friendly Fed contractor from the southwest...at the airport in DC who introduced himself to me and said he's been watching the channel too.  This happened over a period of weeks while I was outside NH.  Guess the word's getting out after all these years...
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