The unofficial Otis D. Wright, II Statue Fundraiser

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Funds collected will be used to create and donate a statue - as a true work of art - of District Judge Otis D. Wright, II in California.
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Jesper Sommer
Art
Copenhagen
Denmark
1 Team Member

Purpose

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.

Background story

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.

The Impact

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.

Exces Funding

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.

Contact information

If you have further questions, suggestions or for some reason need to contact this campaign, please write an e-mail to:

   wrightfundraiser@conceptfactory.dk

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$346USD
raised in 2 months
5% funded
0 time left
$7,000 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on July 6, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Get your name on a webpage

    All donations larger than 5 USD will be collected and put on an official webpage. The URL of the webpage will be on the description plaque of the artwork/statue. Your name will forever be linked to this event! The link and website will not be public until the artwork has been revealed.

    5 out of 1000000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $25USD
    Certificate of donation

    The artist hired to do the actual work of art will be asked to design an official certificate for self-printing. Donate 25 (or more), and we will send you this artwork as proof of your donation.

    7 out of 100000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2013
  • $300USD
    Mini-replica of artwork

    Receive a mini-replica of the artwork/statue produced, signed by the actual artist. The artist has sole discretion in deciding how these are produced - but 3D printing is the most likely option.

    0 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $3,000USD
    Your name on the artwork

    Get your name on the actual artwork/statue. See your name on a plaque newt to the artworks name and Judge Wrights name.

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
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