Videoblogger jailed

A guy I know, Josh Wolf, was just thrown in jail for refusing to hand over some videotapes he made of a July 2005 demonstration in San Francisco. The San Francisco Chronicle has the details.

The government has scary powers and is using them. Interesting to watch this case evolve and see how Josh is using his blog to get word out to his friends. Josh, on his blog, writes that he is planning to appeal this case all the way. That’ll cost $10,000 to $15,000 in legal fees. Whew.

217 thoughts on “Videoblogger jailed

  1. Hi, I was just released from prison this morning. I’m out on bail. I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to really dive into the issues brought up in this thread, but I do want to point out that it would’ve been virtually impossible to enter the conversation from my cell. I had no computer access while I was in jail, and wasn’t even aware of this debate; so I think it’s unfari to criticize me for not entering the conversation to defent myself.

    I’m honored that Scoble’s post sparked such a fiery debate, and I look forward to engaging in an intelligent dialogue in the coming days and weeks.

  2. Hi, I was just released from prison this morning. I’m out on bail. I’m exhausted and don’t have the energy to really dive into the issues brought up in this thread, but I do want to point out that it would’ve been virtually impossible to enter the conversation from my cell. I had no computer access while I was in jail, and wasn’t even aware of this debate; so I think it’s unfari to criticize me for not entering the conversation to defent myself.

    I’m honored that Scoble’s post sparked such a fiery debate, and I look forward to engaging in an intelligent dialogue in the coming days and weeks.

  3. your right, you do not possess the right to defy a lawful subpoena, so it is not possible for you to give it away.

  4. your right, you do not possess the right to defy a lawful subpoena, so it is not possible for you to give it away.

  5. “Towards the end you see a supposedly Federal Marshal, gun drawn, with a laser guide, yelling ‘Leave or you’re going to be fucking blasted’.”

    a taser. not a gun. he was threatening to “blast” the rioter with a non-lethal device.

    what isn’t shown in the video is the situation prior to the federal agent and others rushed to the scene, wherein the officer was alone on the ground restraining a suspect while a knot of riotters gathered and attacked the officer with something which looked like a 2×4.

    you should be more honest.

  6. “Towards the end you see a supposedly Federal Marshal, gun drawn, with a laser guide, yelling ‘Leave or you’re going to be fucking blasted’.”

    a taser. not a gun. he was threatening to “blast” the rioter with a non-lethal device.

    what isn’t shown in the video is the situation prior to the federal agent and others rushed to the scene, wherein the officer was alone on the ground restraining a suspect while a knot of riotters gathered and attacked the officer with something which looked like a 2×4.

    you should be more honest.

  7. p.s. for all you freaks doing the government-worship thing, have a listen to what real cops really do for a living – terrorize people:

    Bad Cop, No Donut!
    http://www.badcopnodonut.fm/

    Y’all need to get a little perspective. Just because you’ve always done everything you’ve always been told doesn’t mean we all have or should have to. Somebody has to stand up for democracy. It sure as heck ain’t gonna be you fascist IRS lovers.

  8. p.s. for all you freaks doing the government-worship thing, have a listen to what real cops really do for a living – terrorize people:

    Bad Cop, No Donut!
    http://www.badcopnodonut.fm/

    Y’all need to get a little perspective. Just because you’ve always done everything you’ve always been told doesn’t mean we all have or should have to. Somebody has to stand up for democracy. It sure as heck ain’t gonna be you fascist IRS lovers.

  9. and here i was thinking that the san francisco tech scene was just one big upper-class whites-only pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-whatever-fest, and come to find out that some dude is actually taking on the gubment instead of selling out. holy cow. it’s unbelievable.

    now what would *really* throw me for a loop is if the 18,000 cooler-than-thou san francisco bloggers/vbloggers/mashers/geekers actually threw a fundraiser party for this dude.

    redeem yourselves, Capitalists!

    but seriously, though, why did this dude have to all go gettin arrested and all that stuff? i mean, doesn’t he know i have a serious bandcamp or crapcamp or something or other to attend to this weekend? sheesh. some people are so inconsiderate.

  10. and here i was thinking that the san francisco tech scene was just one big upper-class whites-only pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-whatever-fest, and come to find out that some dude is actually taking on the gubment instead of selling out. holy cow. it’s unbelievable.

    now what would *really* throw me for a loop is if the 18,000 cooler-than-thou san francisco bloggers/vbloggers/mashers/geekers actually threw a fundraiser party for this dude.

    redeem yourselves, Capitalists!

    but seriously, though, why did this dude have to all go gettin arrested and all that stuff? i mean, doesn’t he know i have a serious bandcamp or crapcamp or something or other to attend to this weekend? sheesh. some people are so inconsiderate.

  11. 1) Lil’ Josh was acting as a spectator,

    isnt this what a journalist does? youll never win the “what is a jounalist” argument. Its a person gathering information. If you do research, Josh works for a TV station and is very much a journalist.

    2) He was more than willing to profit by selling some of the same material he is now claiming is confidential, and

    again if you did research, you would know the details of the story. He posted the video to his own blog, and THEN saw the video on local news. So he sent them a bill to teach local TV stations they cant just take people’s work without compensation.

    3) In a balancing test, the right of a grand jury to discover information trumps that of a would-be ‘journalist’ to keep information secret.

    again, Josh has offered to let the Judge see the tapes and realize he does not have video of the attempted burning of a cop car (it did NOT burn down). The judge refuses…and you still refuse to discuss this fact.

    4)As I said before, I was a journalist before going to law school. I’ve given considerable thought to the issues involved.
    You are, of course, free to spend time and money helping some wealthy, spoiled white kid throw a very public temper tantrum. I prefer to give my sympathy, time and money to the disadvantaged.

    You continue to prove that you really haven’t invested time in learning the facts this particular case. Your own politics blind you to the facts. I’d love to get a link to your blog do we could figure out your world. Instead you are simply “Podesta”.

  12. 1) Lil’ Josh was acting as a spectator,

    isnt this what a journalist does? youll never win the “what is a jounalist” argument. Its a person gathering information. If you do research, Josh works for a TV station and is very much a journalist.

    2) He was more than willing to profit by selling some of the same material he is now claiming is confidential, and

    again if you did research, you would know the details of the story. He posted the video to his own blog, and THEN saw the video on local news. So he sent them a bill to teach local TV stations they cant just take people’s work without compensation.

    3) In a balancing test, the right of a grand jury to discover information trumps that of a would-be ‘journalist’ to keep information secret.

    again, Josh has offered to let the Judge see the tapes and realize he does not have video of the attempted burning of a cop car (it did NOT burn down). The judge refuses…and you still refuse to discuss this fact.

    4)As I said before, I was a journalist before going to law school. I’ve given considerable thought to the issues involved.
    You are, of course, free to spend time and money helping some wealthy, spoiled white kid throw a very public temper tantrum. I prefer to give my sympathy, time and money to the disadvantaged.

    You continue to prove that you really haven’t invested time in learning the facts this particular case. Your own politics blind you to the facts. I’d love to get a link to your blog do we could figure out your world. Instead you are simply “Podesta”.

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