When Sandy Hook massacre victim family member Leonard Pozner recently filed a copyright infringement claim against Robert David Steele’s Public Intelligence blog, the former CIA case officer hit back hard with a counter notice inviting Pozner to file suit in federal court.
Since 2013 “Lenny Pozner” has proceeded to file hundreds of copyright infringement claims with prominent social media outlets targeting citizen journalists and researchers–most famously Alex Jones–who’ve questioned the December 2012 Sandy Hook massacre event. These and similar disputes assert ownership of numerous Sandy Hook child victims’ images that have already received worldwide circulation via mass media.
In most cases outlets like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter eagerly comply with such copyright claims, even if they are unsubstantiated. This de facto censorship has resulted in voluminous content removals and entire YouTube channels and websites permanently shutdown merely for using publicly available images to probe and analyze complex public events.