Is Paypal Back up to Their Censorship Tricks Again?


November 11th, 2012 by · Censorship, at digital reader

Remember back in February when Paypal decided to stop processing payments for Smashwords because SW helped authors sell ebooks which Paypal thought were icky? It took the whole of the internet to show Paypal that their decision was not a popular one.

Unfortunately it looks like Paypal forgot that lesson, because I have a report from one cover artist whose account has been closed by Paypal because she was using the service to be paid for making icky images.

It was on Thursday night I read about Kerry Chin, an artist who goes by the name of Dragon Reine on Deviant Art. She had recently made a book cover for Amelia Gormley, a self-published author with several books in Smashwords, Amazon, and elsewhere.

That book is called Acceleration, a M/M romance. I have not read the book, but as you can see over on GoodReads, the cover is relatively tame for a romance novel.

But apparently it’s not tame enough for Paypal, because they told Kerry that:

We are hereby notifying you that, after a recent review of your account activity, it has been determined that you are in violation of PayPal’s Acceptable Use Policy regarding your sales / offers of adult commisions of digital art on http://dragonreine.deviantart.com.

Kerry’s account has been “limited”, as Paypal put it, but for all intents and purposes it is closed. She cannot withdraw funds nor even check her transaction history.

I’m sure some of my readers will think this is a reasonable action on the part of Paypal, but given the resolution of the Smashwords censorship incident this Spring it really is not.

After having been bludgeoned by half the internet (yours truly included), Paypal revised their policy on book censorship to exclude the text of the books. Paypal was only going to object to specific titles:

First and foremost, we are going to focus this policy only on e-books that contain potentially illegal images, not e-books that are limited to just text. The policy will prohibit use of PayPal for the sale of e-books that contain child pornography, or e-books with text and obscene images of rape, bestiality or incest (as defined by the U.S. legal standard for obscenity: material that appeals to the prurient interest, depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value).

And that is from Paypal’s own blog, too.

If you look at the cover image again, you will probably agree that Amelia’s book is allowed under Paypal’s new policy. I don’t think I was stretching things by writing that it was a relatively tame image; I have seen more explicit imagery on M/F romance novels.

So what we have here is a book with a cover which the author is allowed to sell under Paypal’s policy while at the same time the author is not allowed to pay the cover artist.

Yes, it is that bizarre.

I have reached out to Paypal for comment, but apparently no one is watching the  Facebook page or reading emails, and Anuj Nayar, the Director of Communications at PayPal, does not read his email on the weekends. More fool him.

TBH, I think we’re looking at a mistake on the part of Paypal. There is a clear contradiction between the previously stated policy and the account closure.

But in the absence of a statement from Paypal I can only assume that this is going to be yet another incident where the Internet is going to have to beat up on Paypal until they back down.

Someone pass me a torch.

Update: Paypal restored Kerry’s account. While I still have not heard anything from Paypal (and she was told the account closure was permanent), it seems that Paypal does have someone watching news blogs on the weekend.

 

Anonymous does not mean you are doing illegal stuff- Anonymous INDIA


The collective is planning physical, non-violent protests across Indian cities on 9 June

Surabhi Agarwal

New Delhi: Internet activist group Anonymous, which has been attacking Indian websites, has further planned such attacks from 9 June to protest censorship of content in the country. It has also demanded the unblocking of file-sharing websites in India. The government says it’s prepared to deal with the online attacks and protests, besides seeking to arrest the members of the self-proclaimed collective. In a group interview, some members of Anonymous India spoke about the protest and how they work. The interview took place over web chat and involved multiple members of the group, all of whom maintained their anonymity. The collective is planning physical, non-violent protests across Indian cities on 9 June.

Edited excerpts:

What are your plans for 9 June?

Be a physical, visible presence. Make it clear that we oppose this censorship and we want our Internet back.

You are informing people through Facebook pages about the protests, but are also asking them to take police permission? Who will take the lead?

The administrators of respective FB (Facebook) groups, many of them are working on that already. People volunteer. Anonymous does not mean you are doing illegal stuff….We have lots of support from people in the IT (information technology) industry and students. A few offered to get (permission).

File-sharing websites have been blocked in India in the past as well. What was the trigger for your attack this time?

Blocking of many sites at the beginning of this month. Censorship was the trigger, but more than that, arbitrary, unjust measures. To block access to millions, because there could be illegal content is not acceptable. Also, people should have the right to decide what is moral to them and what is immoral.

Are more attacks on websites in the offing?

Yes. Defacing and leaks are also in progress.

The order to block file-sharing sites was made by a court at the request of private companies. So why are you targeting government websites?

The government has created laws and support for censorship that are getting used. Who will monitor? Whose responsibility is it to protect rights of people? Why create methods of censorship you can’t control? Today, we have the IT rules, where intermediaries have to take down content based on notifications. How can this be monitored? Who knows what gets taken down to avoid hassles? It is the government’s responsibility to make wise laws.

How do you operate? How do you choose which issues to take up?

By voting. Usually someone brings up an idea, creates the channel, gives information and invites and advertises. For example, Mamata Banerjee imprisoned cartoonists: vote goes up (for a situation like this), and accordingly, we take action.

How do you recruit members to your group?

It is not a group. It is an idea. If you think like us, you already are part of us.

Since everybody’s identity is anonymous, how do you sift between fake and genuine?

If you are fake, you will be exposed. We don’t monitor. We just communicate, on Twitter or just through this IRC (Internet relay chat) network.

How do members manage time for such coordinated attacks, considering all of you have day jobs?

Yes, some of us have jobs. We come online whenever we can. No more personal questions.

The government is trying to track members of Anonymous and claims to be close.

Good luck. They have been (doing so) from the start. There are too many of us. They will not be able to get us all. The ones who are captured are the ones who make mistakes.

Are you saying it won’t matter if they get through to some of you?

We never know the identity of another, so even if one gets caught, all they get are usernames. No, it won’t matter.

So you guys are not scared of police action?

We are. As all are protesters. Some things are bigger than fears. But we have removed the idea of what would happen if we get caught.

Do you think this idea that drives you is bigger than the trouble that could follow?

Yes. It’s always been that way and always will be. It is worth it. Freedom is important, for us, and for the generations to come after us.

What is that one big idea that drives all of you?

Freedom—it’s the biggest idea.

Are attacks such as Operation India coordinated by the central unit of Anonymous?

No, all are decentralized. There is no centre, no head.

So you are independent?

Yes, but the target will be discussed usually, so a democratic system is in place. There is consensus, people who find it important walk together, each knowing the risk and owning it.

What if the websites are not unblocked even after the 9 June protests?

We fight again and again. It’s just phase one of the fight.

Will you attack more websites?

I’m sure many more websites will be attacked. We will keep hitting, with our canons loaded fully. Lots more data will be leaked.

The government says that you tried attacking many sites but were not successful. True?

Some have succeeded, some have not.

How does it all begin, suppose there is a country that still doesn’t have an Anonymous representative?

Simple—you start one.

Who appoints the first member? Do you need permission from the centre?

No one appoints. There is no centre, we do not need permission, we can do whatever we like. Except for a few rules, we can do anything. Anonymous is like an idea. It spreads, it goes from one person to others!

Do you guys need any funding for what you do?

No. We do not spend any money for what we do.

How would you rate the success of your India operation so far?

So far, so good. The problem remains. The results are good, but this is the journey. Too early to evaluate. Well, we need more people to wake up and understand what is happening around them. We shall continue and try to get maximum support, and try to spread the idea of Anonymous.

Will some of you be there at the protest physically?

Maybe, maybe not. We are an idea, so we will be there. But I’m sure some will be (physically there), but if everyone has masks, they will all look the same.

surabhi.a@livemint.com

Read original article here

Anonymous To Stage Street Protest on 9th June, Join Us In Your City

Anonymous is coming to your city. Are you ready? Join Us.

“We are Anonymous cos none of us is as cruel as all of us.” Join the facebook events to know more about what is going in and around your city.  Meet the fellow folks who are going to protest on 9th June against Internet Censorship.

Occupy Mumbai -  Gateway of India, Mumbai.

Occupy Delhi - India Gate

Occupy Chandigarh -  The Plaza, Sector 17, Chandigarh.

Occupy UP - *tentative*

Occupy Indore -  Regal Square.

Occupy Kolkata - South City Mall.

Occupy Hyderabad - Hitech City.

Occupy Bangalore - M.G. Road.

Occupy Cochin - Marine Drive.

Occupy Calicut -  Calicut Beach Opposite To  Beach Hotel

Occupy Nagpur - *tentative*

Occupy Pune - Shivaji Nagar.

Occupy Chennai  - *tentative*

If you want to help/support our cause and protest in your city let us know we’ll help you co-ordinate the protest.

IMPORTANT DIRECTIVES  FOR THE PROTEST – #OpIndia June 9, 2012 

http://pastehtml.com/view/bzi0nxrkz.html

People of India, it is high time you all realized that you need to take the action if your country needs to be saved. So here is your chance. On June 9th we are conducting nation wide protest at multiple cities in India. Join us.

This is to be a NON-VIOLENT protest in all means. So as there can be cases of this failing or external groups that may try to disrupt our operation using violence we are hereby issuing the following directives so that you can be safe.
01. The protest is a Non-Violent one.
02. Protesters may not use vehicles to protest as this may cause accidents, please keep vehicles out of the protest crowd.
03. One shall not keep any harmful items like weapons, stones etc with oneself.
04. Those who can wear the Guy Fawkes Mask. Printable version is available on the web.
05. Please bring placards, banners etc that you can prepare so for the cause.
06. For whom it is possible bring cameras and record events. Use your smart phone to stream it online using ustream. This will give us proof if something bad is attempted at the protest.
07. IF POLICE BLOCKS THE WAY, STAY 50Mts MIN AWAY. DO NOT CONFRONT THEM.
08. Fire or burning at all of any figures or material is to NOT be done.
09. Please hand over anyone who causes violence to the police.
10. Protest well. Our future may depend on it.
Thank you!We are anonymous
We are a Legion
We do not forgive
We do not forget
EXPECT US

Useful Links:

Press Release [28-05-2012] - http://pastehtml.com/view/bzkss5f77.rtxt

Anonymous Mask - http://opindia.posterous.com/become-anonymous

Make your own Anonymous Mask - http://opindia.posterous.com/pages/diy-anonymous-mask

Anonymous on Twitter – @opindia_back (Official Account)

Anonymous hacks BJP websites, wants people to protest against ‘web censorship’


, TNN | May 27, 2012,

Anonymous hacks BJP websites, wants people to protest against 'web censorship'
A day after messing with servers maintained by Reliance Communications, Anonymous, an international hacker collective, defaced two websites belonging to BJP on Sunday.
NEW DELHI: A day after messing with servers maintained by Reliance Communications, Anonymous, an international hacker collective, defaced two websites belonging to BJP on Sunday. Through its Twitter account (@opindia_back) it announced thatwww.mumbaibjp.org andwww.bjpmp.org.in were hacked by the group. After the hacking, the group posted a message to web users, asking them to organize protests against “web censorship” in Indiaon June 9.While the message was displayed on the homepage of www.mumbaibjp.org, onwww.bjpmp.org.in it was inserted as a page atbjpmp.org.in/ads/anon.html. On Mumbai BJP website the message was accompanied by a catchy tune embedded through a YouTube link.

“Today they took away your right to use a few websites… day after tomorrow they will take away your freedom of speech and no one will be there to speak for you. Speak Now or Never,” the message read. The hackers said that people should print out or buy Guy Fawkes Masks and wear them while protesting against web censorship in Bangalore, Mangalore, Kochi, Chennai, Vizag, Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad on June 9.

TOI reached out to Anonymous though Twitter, asking why it defaced BJP websites. “”Just needed a website to display our message,” said the person managing @opindia_back.

The Ion, who is likely a part of Anonymous and who uses @ProHaxor alias on Twitter, added, “BJP are the opposition they should have stopped this or should have organised a protest they did not do any.”

Incidentally, CERT-IN, the nodal agency in India for monitoring security and hacking incidents within the country’s cyberspace, said in a report on Sunday that hackers are targeting Indian websites. “It is observed that some hacker groups are launching Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on websites of government and private organizations in India,” the report said and asked network administrators to keep vigil.

Anonymous started attacking websites belonging to government agencies and companies likeReliance Communications last week after internet service providers blocked several websites in the country on the basis of an order by Madras high court. Anonymous says the blocking of websites is illegal and suppression of freedom of speech. On Friday it held a virtual ‘press conference’ and released a list of websites that were allegedly blocked on the internet service provided by Reliance Communications even though there was no legal requirement for the ISPto do so. The hackers said they stole the list from Reliance’ servers. At the same ‘press briefing’ the group called on Indian people to organize protests against web censorship on June 9.

In the last few months, Anonymous has organized or played a dominant role in real world protests against what it perceives censorship and abuse of power. The most popular of these protests has been Occupy Wall Street in the US. Though there were a number of groups and individuals involved in these protests Anonymous had played a key role in spreading the word.

An Anonymous humorous letter to Bible candidate – Rick Santorum



Dear Friends,

 I have been greatly moved by Rick Santorum‘s wise pronouncements, guided by Biblical principles, especially those concerning marriage. Of course he believes that sexual intercourse should be used only for purposes of procreation (he says he has never worn a condom), but there are some gray areas I was hoping he could clear up, so I wrote him the following letter:

Dear Sen. Santorum:

 Thank you for doing so much to educate us regarding God‘s Eternal Law. I have learned a great deal from you and understand why you would propose and support a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage, which of course is an abomination.

 As you said, “In the eyes of God, marriage is based between a man and a woman.” I try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination.End of debate.

 I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God’s Laws and how I might obey them:

 1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female,provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies only to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Can I own Canadians?

 2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her? (She works hard, but does eat a lot.)

 3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness (Lev. 14: 19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking when meeting young women at church socials, but most of them seem to take offense.

 4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is with my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them, or would Lysol work?

 5. I have a neighbor, Aaron Rogers, who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2 clearly states that he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it? And how good is the Packers backup QB?

 6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev.11:10) it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I  don’t agree. Can you settle this? Are there degrees of abomination? What about a homosexual at an oyster bar?

 7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I do wear glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here? What about contacts? Can God tell?

 8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die? I know they must be put to death, but I do not know the recommended method. .

 9. My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field (I think corn and alfalfa). And his wife wears garments made from two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? (Lev. 24:10-16). Couldn’t we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14).

 10. And last, I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean. May I still play football if I wear gloves?

 I know that you are very busy with your presidential campaign, but, if you get a chance, I would really like your guidance on these critical and disturbing issues.

 Thank you again for reminding us of the eternal and unchanging truth of the Holy Bible.Thank you again for reminding us of the eternal and unchanging truth of the Holy Bible. God bless you. And may He guide you in your quest to lead this great nation of ours. “

 Sincerely Unknown Author

P.S- The mail came as a forward,, in my mail inbox  :-)

“Anonymous takes down Modi” – Time Poll 2012 to 6th position, HOW ?


If we reduce No votes from Yes Votes , Modi came down to 6th Position now
 Narendra Modi recieved  More No Votes than Yes votes today is last day of poll, April 6th 2012.

Anonymous is a world wide community currently acting against SOPA/PIPA/ACTA, All their acts were based on peer pressure
They have not ” HACKED” the time webiste and poll as beinga Alleged by Narendra Modi supporter.

ZIMPLE logic

The  Anonymous Facebook  Page- https://www.facebook.com/OffiziellAnonymousPage,  have 440K fans, and not a single announcement, appeal to vote for TIMES POLL.

Similarly their twitter Handle  @anonops has 302,456 Followers and officially they are not promoting and if they were then they ought to get at least 20 Lakhs votes by now. So its all SUPPORT.

   “Anonymous takes down  Narendra Modi” headlines, 

Anonymous                     358300                              22626
Narendra Modi                  240171                               147742

The faceless distributed hacker group who initiated Denial of service attacks on Companies who worked against
Internet Democracy . They took down visa , master card, amazon and paypal websites as a visible example of peer protest against their undemocratic practices .

Age: Indeterminate

Occupation: Shadowy, loose-knit cadre of hackers

Anonymous isn’t a person. It’s not even a group of people in any well-defined sense. But if you tick off the thin-skinned, ad hoc network of hackers who collaborate under the Anonymous moniker, get ready for trouble. Members have reportedly attacked sites ranging from the Vatican’s to those of major companies such as PayPal and Sony; they apparently released 75,000 credit-card numbers belonging to customers of research firm Stratfor. Arrests of dozens of suspected participants in multiple countries haven’t shut down the leaderless organization.

Get your r democratic clickin finger going,
 Time to tell the old mainstream, who will be the new mainstream. 

ANONYMOUS IS NUMBER 8 , LET US REPLACE MODI at no 1 ,

24 HOURS AND TICKING ;-), The poll CLOSES APRIL 6TH 2012

CLICK TO VOTE FOR ANONYMOUS HERE