Minnesota Democrats Exposed
MDE over at Minnesota Democrats Exposed is an amazing person. He has access to information on our local politicians that they would really rather he not have. As a result, many people have tried to "out" MDE. Their reasoning is simple....expose his identity and dry up his (or her) resources and thus put MDE out of business.
The latest attempt comes via the weblog Inside Minnesota Politics. Now, IMP does not require registration or subscription. Their content is as available for anyone to peruse as it is here at Savage Republican. MDE has quoted content from their site in the past - all properly sourced as it should be. Well apparently that is not good enough for the operators of IMP and they are suing MDE for "copyright infringement". MDE posted a picture from IMP and sourced it to their site. Then 2 weeks ago, MDE was notified (through his/her hosting company) that a "cease and desist order" had been issued. MDE apologized and pulled the offending picture immediately. Then today MDE was informed that IMP and their lawyers were still pushing for his/her hosting company for his/her identity so that the "proper legal papers" could be filed with him/her!
Now many people blog anonymously for a variety of reasons. Some do so because of safety concerns, so do so because of work "conflicts". Whatever the reason, that person should be allowed to exercise his/her free speech rights anynomously if that is that person's desire. No one should be forced to reveal his/her identity because of some sue happy lawyer.
MDE will be looking for help with his/her legal fund. Hopefully, some of the great legal minds that are affiliated with the MOB (Minnesota Organization of Blogs) will be able to assist MDE in his/her time of need. I hope all of you will support MDE, financially if possible, and with your traffic! MDE has done a fabulous job exposing the Democrats for what they are. Their answer, as always, is to try to stifle dissenting voices. WE CAN NOT LET THEM WIN!