One of the reasons I started Defiantly.net last year is that I needed an alternative communication platform due to the overbroad stalking protective order (now overturned by the Georgia Supreme Court) that forbade me from writing about Linda Ellis, her business, and the Dash Poem extortion scheme on ExtortionLetterInfo.com (ELI). However, Defiantly.net was also created so that I would be allowed to express controversial and “politically-incorrect” statements that might negatively impact people who are associated with me such as my friend and business associate, Oscar Michelen.
In the last few years, I have been vocal about the “Daddy Oscar” phenomenon that occurred on ELI whereby copyright extortion lawyers “secretly” complained to Oscar about me because they were offended or upset that I (along with other ELI members) would write negative, disrespectful, and controversial articles/posts about copyright extortionists and their lawyers (they hate that I use that phrase). I also suggested, shared, recommended, or endorsed unorthodox, non-lawyerly (but entirely legal) tactics and strategies to defend against obnoxiously, heavy-handed extortionate demands. Not only did I share and endorse those tactics, I encouraged others to speak out loudly and with conviction against those people who would attack them. I have been somewhat successful because there are now independent off-shoots, friends, allies, and connectors of ELI such as copyright-trolls.com, cabalaw.org, aprilbrown.com, rankexploits.com, fightcopyrighttrolls.com, and several other blogs/websites that occasionally “pickup” and report on ELI-related subject matters. In fact, ELI has over 100 unsolicited incoming web links, referrals,and endorsements throughout the interwebs because of the influential and impactful work we do to combat copyright extortion and copyright trolling.
One of the “issues” that I faced with ELI has been that there are occasionally disagreements in how to “present” ELI to the public. What posts and content are “allowed” and what is not. I would say that 97% of the time, Oscar and I are in agreement of what is permissible content on ELI. But the other 3% (while seemingly small) can be significant depending on the nature or content of the post. I have strong convictions in sharing what I know and think with the public and interested parties. I do so for many reasons. It is a combination of reasons that come from a sense of altruism, principle, goodwill, empowerment, and the pursuit of truth.
Because of my deep respect and admiration for Oscar, I have occasionally “deleted” or “hidden” certain posts on ELI. I did so for various reasons but mostly because his name and face is associated with ELI and there is some concern of negative “spillover” to him that what I say might be inadvertently tied to him. It is something that I have been mindful of. I grew to resent the “Daddy Oscar” issue and I communicated my discontent to him. I told him it would be necessary for me to create an alternative (non-ELI) website so that I could share information and opinions that might be too controversial and “politically-incorrect” for HIM to be associated with on ELI. However, the suppression of certain news, information, and opinions that I wanted to share was not acceptable to me on an ongoing basis.
Before I met Oscar, I was an independent publisher of books, audio programs, and websites. I made this choice over a decade ago in 2002 when I decided I have no interest in working with traditional media or traditional publishing channels. It is also the reason why I am also an independent web broadcaster. My need to have editorial independence and creative freedom is far more important than financial motivations. I am not going to have my First Amendment right to freely publish, report, and share legal material suppressed by ANYONE if I have anything to say in the matter. What I lack in ability, talent, and resource in other areas is offset by my exercise, practice, and execution of the full power of the First Amendment. On Defiantly.net, there is no question or disputing that blog posts entirely comes from “Matthew Valor” and stands independent of ELI and Oscar Michelen.
One of the most powerful weapons any non-lawyer can use against a more-powerful adversary is their First Amendment right to speak their mind and share information they legally obtain. If I am going to preach this, I have to be willing to practice it. Talk is cheap. It is entirely appropriate to write NEGATIVE and POLITICALLY-INCORRECT OPINIONS of any person, organization, and their lawyers. There is nothing illegal or defamatory in doing so as long as I stick to facts and opinions. I have always exercised caution to not intentionally engage in defamatory speech (negative opinion speech about someone is NOT automatically defamatory). No matter my personal feelings about anyone, I have done my best to stick facts and opinions because it is constitutionally allowed by the First Amendment.
Thanks in so small part to the unwise decisions of Linda Ellis and her lawyer Elizabeth W. (Betsy) McBride, I am now much better connected to First Amendment advocates and talents (such as First Amendment legal scholar, Eugene Volokh) who will help me, if necessary, protect and defend my (and other people’s) First Amendment rights.
I will be making further announcements of special reports and books I will be publishing in the months to come.
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