This fundraiser is for the purpose of creating and donating a statue - as a true work of art - of District Judge Otis D. Wright, II in California. Judge Wright recently ordered sanctions against the internet-porn-copyright-troll company Prenda Law, and he has demonstrated his passion for protecting civil rights in cyberspace.
Prenda Law is an organization that has sued thousands of people for allegedly downloading porn from the internet over the past few years. They then approach the alleged infringers with a settlement designed as an offer you cannot refuse. Pay a few thousand dollars to make the problem go away, or face the embarrassment and costs of defending yourself in a porn-related case in court.
Recently one of their cases fell apart and a federal judge began asking tough questions. The organization has been in collapse ever since. Technology News site Ars Technica has covered most of the story, which finally culminated when Judge Wright officially asked for a criminal investigation.
The final order from Judge Wright has attracted much attention, not only because of his rulings but also because of his widespread use of humor and Sci-Fi references (mainly StarTrek).
This campaign seeks to raise funds to make an original work of art, for example a statue, of Judge Otis D. Wright. Perhaps the first crowd funded spontaneous artwork of its kind, our goal is to show the world that we - the citizens of the internet - honor Judge Wright. With his ruling, he has helped making the internet a better place.
What we need: Cash donations
While the initiator of this fundraiser is a resident of Copenhagen, Denmark, the actual work of art will be created and placed in California (US) where Judge Wright is located. Should the project goal be met, it is the intention to:
- Get formal permission from Judge Wright. While this is not strictly required, making a statue or work of art of a person is silly if the person involved will have no part of it.
- Involve actual artists from California and ask for suggestions and mock-ups for the final work.
- Let the donators vote between the suggestions, in order to find the artist and actual work of art to be created.
People always suggest these kind of crazy ideas when something cool happens in cyberspace. Let's make it happen this time! Let us show the world that we do care - and that the voice of Judge Wright has been heard not just by the few people involved in the Prenda-case, but by millions of internet users who are thrilled to see justice served!
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are an artist in California, please take a day or two to think about this project. How would you pay tribute to Judge Wright? Can you draw or describe your intended work of art? Your budget will be approx. 7000 USD, perhaps more if this fundraising becomes a big success.
If you are an honest lawyer (heh!) living in California, and you would like to help make this project a success by working pro-bono then please contact me. There is plenty of work to be done, such as handling the donations in a proper manner and paying a local artist in compliance with local laws. Having a local pro-bono lawyer would be a great help.
Funding above the intended goal will go to a better, bigger or more impressive (and thereby more expensive) piece of art. Should the amount reach ludicrous levels the excess funding will be donated to the EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation, whose work is very much in the same spirit as Judge Wrights has demonstrated in the Prenda case.
If we don't reach our goal
Should we be unable to raise our goal of 7000 USD we will reevaluate the situation. The first move will be to look for artists willing to make a work within the budget available to us. Failing that we will contact donaters and offer them the option of either a refund or transfering their donation to the EFF - Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Perks are cumulative
All Perks mentioned are cumulative; meaning that all Perks cheaper than the one you choose will also be delivered to you.
If you have further questions, suggestions or for some reason need to contact this campaign, please write an e-mail to: