SEOBook Blogger Sued Over Comments Seeking Legal Donations
August was one hell of a month for Aaron Wall, who was sued by the dodgy Traffic-Power company over comments left on his SEOBook blog by readers. Aaron’s story has become national news as the Wall Street Journal covered his situation yesterday and bloggers all over the world have supported Aaron as this lawsuit has the potential to go all the way to the supreme court. Aaron’s blog has reader comments, which makes it a public forum. The public posted comments on SEOBook about Traffic-Power, which is speech. Traffic-Power wants those comments shut down. Why?
Well, a search in Google for their company name may be part of it. The blog entry with negative comments on Traffic-Power in question is ranked #5 on a search for Traffic Power. Aaron’s blog was ranked #3 in Google two days ago for “traffic power”, however, due to all of the attention SEOBook has been getting after being sued by Traffic Power, other sites covering the suit are popping up in the Google results. Oh yeah, talking about judging a book by its cover, the alledged shotty SEO agency’s site is no where to be found in the Google results because Google banned them and many of their clients last year for SEO spamming.
Back to Aaron. Given the support from the blog, SEO, and even law community, Aaron is going to fight the Traffic-Power suit and is looking for help to pay some Las Vegas commercial lawyers who are versed in web speech suits. Aaron posted his acceptance of donations on the SEOBook today.
This suit is not about Traffic Power. This suit is not about this blog. This suit is more about free speech, which is the very fabric that holds the web and democracy together. An issue far more important than I could ever pretend to be.
If I do not face this suit, then it is easier for the next person to get trampled. After all the support people have offered I do not think it is the right decision to tuck tail and run, especially since I am still unaware of what specifically is wrong – and never once has there been an attempt to tell me.
Tomorrow I will try to hire a lawyer (as I have already talked to a few, so I can’t imagine it will be hard to get one of them to accept the case if I have enough money, which I think I should – at least to get started). There are some people who have already helped me a bunch for free. There time and attention is worth money and their help was available only via donations from others.
I am not sure how much people will donate, but if direct donations exceed legal costs for the Traffic Power case the remainder of the donations will be sent to organizations such as EFF, ACLU, and Public Citizen.
If you have more web reach than money a brief mention of what is going on may help more than a direct monetary donation.
If you have some spare cash, and/ or your livelihood or quality of life depends on free speech online please consider donating directly to one of the above listed charities, or via donation if you want to help me out with this case.