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Fight goes on against Gasland censorship
Written by Phelim McAleer   
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 20:18

fightgaslandcensorshipJosh Fox, the Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker, has, for the second time, had his lawyers close down our short film which is critical of his work.

As you probably know by now, the film shows Fox admitting he withheld important evidence that would contradict one of the main claims of Gasland, his award-winning documentary.

We had posted the short film on YouTube, but Fox took legal action and had it pulled down. We attempted to get around the ban by posting it on rival website Vimeo, but once again Fox called in the lawyers and the film was yanked.

It seems Fox will not stop closing down any criticism of his unethical journalism. The legal moves came just as both videos were going viral and were being spread through social media.

To recap - Fox is the director of Gasland, a documentary which claims gas drilling, known as fracking, is polluting water. In particular, Fox claims the drilling has polluted drinking water so badly that families are now able to light the water coming from their faucets.

These water lighting incidents are one of the most dramatic scenes in Gasland. However, in a recent Q&A, Fox admitted, under close questioning from Phelim, that he was aware of but withheld evidence that would contradict these dramatic scenes.

Fox admitted that he knew there were problems with naturally occurring gas in the water decades before fracking started in those areas. However, he said, he had not included such evidence because it "was not relevant".

It was this admisson that was starting to prove particularly damaging to Fox's credibility and is behind his attempts to remove the video report from the Internet.

To try and thwart Fox's attempts at censorship, we have created a new website fightgaslandcensorship.com to host the video. This means Fox can't use his lawyers to force the website owners to take the film down - just as he has done with YouTube and Vimeo. We will keep it up and we urge people to embed and spread the link to the video to everyone who believes in honesty and freedom of the press.

Fox said our video breached his copyright by using a short clip of Gasland footage of the burning water.

This is nonsense.

The footage is used under the "fair use" law which was set up to protect legitimate criticism. The reality is that Fox does not like criticism and is using lawyers to stifle dissent.

We urge everyone to send the video to as many people as possible in order to beat those who want to censor honest criticism of unethical journalism.

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Ben said:

Well done
I figured you would get it sorted out.

For anyone who is interested there are also several posts regarding gasland on geothunder.
I don't suppose any one know who Angela Monti Fox is? She seems to have taken offense to some of my comments regarding gasland.
June 10, 2011
Votes: +2

John C Lepant said:

A big fan! ( and, as Groucho Marx would say, if it gets any hotter, I'll need one! )
Gentle Readers,

Dear Ann & Phelim,

You are documentary filmmakers, and, as such, your work is protected by CopyRight.

While I agree with your thesis, you really have a duty to your industry colleagues to respect the CopyRights of other Producers and Creators. This is not a legal issue. It is an issue of professional ethics.

You have many tools available that you might use to make you point very well without using materials without the CopyRight owners permission.

Kindest Possible Regards,

John C Lepant
June 16, 2011
Votes: -2

JJ Joseph said:

Copyright infringement
@John C Lepant: "you really have a duty to your industry colleagues to respect the CopyRights of other Producers and Creators. This is not a legal issue. It is an issue of professional ethics."

JCL, the bits used fall under "Fair Use" which is a legally defined method of respecting the copyrights of others.
July 01, 2011
Votes: -1

Dylan Le Roux said:

Well Done, pat yourself on the back
This is a really pathetic attempt to compromise the Gasland documentary.
I suppose all the people and animals that are dying and sick in the areas that the gas fracking is taking place are communists and on Josh Fox's pay roll???
Noteviljustwrong or Noteviljustretarded.
July 06, 2011
Votes: -4

Bee said:

Very nice
Keep up the good work, Phelim!!smilies/cheesy.gif
July 26, 2011
Votes: +2

Kurt said:

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Another "global warming" fraud is unmasked;

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July 28, 2011
Votes: +3

Logan said:

I often wonder what is unethical journalism and what isn't. I mean, if telling the truth as one sees it is unethical then there may be a big problem. However, if he was hiring lawyers to get the video taken down then there must be something wrong. By the way, your website has some sort of software added to it that, according to anti-virus software, is a threat. I just thought you should know.


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August 27, 2011
Votes: +2

Mike Knapp said:

Your video and experience
Mr. McAleer,

I'm working on a project to chronicle all of the lies and mischaracterizations that Josh Fox has been forcing on the unsuspecting public. I was hoping I could get your permission to include your run in with Josh and the great video you put together on the website I'm putting together.

If you would be so kind, please shoot me an e-mail if you get a chance. Thanks in advance for our time and consideration.



Mike Knapp
Knapp Acquisitions & Production
Kittanning, PA

September 11, 2011
Votes: +1

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