Citing copyright, Army blocks Chelsea Manning from receiving printouts from EFF's website

Chelsea Manning's helpers write, "Citing potential copyright infringement, the Army censored materials on prison censorship from the Electronic Frontier Foundation that were sent to Chelsea by one of her volunteers."

Censored articles included "The FCC Should Ensure Digital Rights for Prisoners and Their Families" and "Defending Prisoner Rights in the Digital World: 2015 in Review."

The EFF's material was clearly Creative Commons licensed. Other censored items included: relevant public records from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, EFF’s comments to the Federal Communications Commission, and articles from Buzzfeed and Harvard Business Review.

As Chelsea stated in her tweet, censorship makes it harder for her to do her research and write her articles. Cindy Cohn, the EFF's Executive Director is still awaiting a response to her letter of last week.

Military Prison Blocks Chelsea Manning from Reading EFF Blog Posts [Dave Maass/EFF]

(Image: Leavenworth prison c1910, PD)

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  1. Army Fuckery? Say it ain't so!

  2. Prisoners in Leavenworth get to use Twitter?!

  3. Clancy says:

    They're licensed under CC Attribution, so maybe the Army decided to relicense it under arbitrary terms that prevented her from being allowed to receive those documents, or some nonsense? I.e. apply a restrictive license to their copy, then refuse to license it to her, or get a third party to do so?

  4. The army may well be deciding which rights their prisoner has, and does not have. It's not about redefining copyright for the rest of us, it's about redefining who the person is, to the person.

    Leavenworth is not for rehabilitiation, it is for punishment. See also:

  5. I'm concerned about government waste, and we've clearly been overfundng the Department of Irony

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