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Ecuador’s Flagrant Censorship Attempt Fails

Last week we noted that videos [here] on the Chevron case in Ecuador were the subject of frivolous Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) infringement notices filed by Ares Rights – a Spanish firm that works on behalf of the government of Ecuador to censor negative messages and video content posted on the internet about President Rafael Correa and his administration.

We can report that Ecuador’s meritless attempt to suppress free speech and our perspective on the ligation has failed and the videos in question have been reinstated by YouTube.

This likely won’t spell the end of Ecuador’s abusive use of DMCA takedown notices to censor its critics. We will, however, continue to work to expose Ecuador’s flagrant attempts to stifle speech and conceal the truth about the fraudulent case against Chevron in Ecuador.

Additional coverage of the Ecuador/Ares Rights attempt to censor our videos can be found here:

Adam Steinbaugh: Ares Rights Continues Questionable DMCA Censorship For Ecuador, Targets Chevron

Tech Dirt: Censorious, Abusive Spanish Anti-Piracy Firm Targets Chevron (Yes, Chevron) With Bogus Copyright Takedowns

Washington Free Beacon: Oil Company: Ecuadorian Government is Abusing Copyright Law



Members of indigenous communities in the Amazon in Ecuador would like to know: What happened to the more than $20M reportedly raised on their behalf by now-disbarred NY lawyer Steven Donziger? #FollowtheMoney
#Factsmatter: An international arbitration panel found ‘no cogent evidence’ supporting #Ecuador’s claim that #Texaco failed to comply with terms of remediation in #Amazon.
The @WSJ sums this case up nicely, “[Steven Donziger] and his team fabricated evidence, promised $500,000 to an #Ecuadorean judge to rule in their favor, ghostwrote much of the final verdict and took other actions that ‘perverted’ the course of #justice. Mr. Donziger disputes the…
Shameless. Disbarred and convicted of criminal contempt of court for bribing an Ecuadorian judge in an attempted extortion scheme, @SDonziger is nonetheless accepting invitations to speak at #climate rallies. Read more about this adjudicated racketeer:
Sworn testimony: While Texaco met its environmental obligations in the Amazon, #Ecuador’s national oil company did “absolutely nothing” to address its own remediation in the area. #FactsMatter:

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