“The judge identified nine aspects of An Inconvenient Truth, nine core errors, where Al Gore either misstated the IPCC or prejudicially exaggerated what they found.” John Day is the lawyer for a British parent who sued the British Department
of Education when they tried to distribute An Inconvenient Truth to schools.
Gasland director tries to ban journalism
Written by Phelim McAleer   
Friday, 03 June 2011 17:36

Gasland_copyrightclaimJosh Fox has responded to valid journalistic questions about his documentary Gasland by stifling the freedom of the press.

I travelled to Chicago for a Q&A where Fox admitted hiding facts from his documentary that contradicted his scaremongering about drilling for natural gas.

And Fox's response when we posted the video on YouTube - he got his lawyers to have YouTube pull it down.

That's right - he has tried to use lawyers to silence journalist from asking difficult questions and putting his answers to those questions on the Internet.

Fox's excuse is a breach of copyright. In a video that is 3:10 minutes long we used 26 seconds of Gasland only to show how Fox was being unethical and misleading. It is a classic case of "fair use" of someones work for the purpose of criticism and is totally legally allowed if not encouraged under fair use law.

But Fox does not want any criticism. He does not want any freedom of speech.

We now have to hire lawyers to try and have our journalism restored to our own YouTube channel. In the meantime we have put the video up on Vimeo (a YouTube rival). You can see it here until Fox's and his lawyers try to force vimeo to pull it down.

We will fight all these attempts to silence our journalism. We have been here before. The Society of Environmental Journalists turned off my mic for asking Al Gore tough questions. The UN used armed security to try and stop me asking difficult questions of a scientist and a politician at the UN climate conference in Copenhagen. Environmentalists attacked me on live television for daring to question the orthodoxy.

And the makers of the Age of Stupid, another eco-disaster fantasy, had me removed from their press gallery for asking the "wrong questions". They also took legal action to have the blog showing their behaviour removed from the Internet.

They did not succeed and Josh Fox will not succeed. You can watch my questioning of Josh Fox here. Please send it around to as many people as possible. It needs to be seen before Fox and his lawyers try to crush journalism again.

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Adam Gallon said:

Still on Vimeo, get it whilst it's hot!smilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gif
June 04, 2011
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Vinny said:

Make it downloadable!
It's great that it's on Vimeo but make it downloadable so we can all grab it and share it. You can't put out a fire in 1000 places.
June 04, 2011
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ImranCan said:

Keep it up Phil ... great stuff.
June 04, 2011
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Gas Supporter said:

Record it with your phone
Put up the volume of your computer speaker and record it with your phone.
Post it everywheresmilies/grin.gif
June 05, 2011
Votes: +1

Ben said:

Thanks. Video has been downloaded. There is no way that video should have been flagged for copyright infringement. If they get it taken down on Vimeo I'll find a way to mirror it so that US copyrights will not matter.

Also embedded the video on one of my old fracking posts. (Geothunder)
June 05, 2011
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Josh said:

Downloading video
Thanks David Jones, yes, any time you see a video loading ahead of where it's playing, you can usually download it. There's any number of free or shareware tools, including downloadhelper for Firefox which is very good, that enable downloading in case there's no direct download mechanism on the site.
June 06, 2011
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Phelim didn't explain why unrelated cases of methane in water are relevant to fiery water at fracking sites, Low-rated comment [Show]

David Jones said:

Lost it
Anybody got that video? Could do with a link to download
June 07, 2011
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David Jones said:

Once again
People use download helper to grab video's from firefox browsersmilies/grin.gif

If anyone has a link for that video post it here please!
June 07, 2011
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Moto said:

Trying to stop free media on the internet is sort of like trying to put out a grease fire with water... smilies/grin.gif



June 07, 2011
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David Jones said:

June 09, 2011
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Ben said:

download links availible
If you would like to download the video.
Google Geothunder
Second post has three mirror links.

If your bored there are several other posts regarding Josh Fox. Some of you will find "Gasland, Josh Fox and a World of Misinformation" on the second page a good read.
June 10, 2011
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Art Fox said:

Video Source LInk
Make this video go viral. Here is the source code of the video
Go to http://keepvid.com/ and paste this into the url field
Down load video and upload to YouTube or Vimeo or Facebook
Once viral no one can stop it
July 03, 2011
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Bee said:

very nice
Thank you for this!
July 27, 2011
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David B said:

@Hannah D Bunker, it's related.
If water, provided to the homes in the area, had significant concentrations of methane gas prior to the fracking operation, then it's more then a little relevant. The documentary filmmaker ignoring this is also an example of him crafting his film to support his particular point of view and therefore not a documentary, but a piece of fiction.
November 24, 2011
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