Patrick Lee-Lo tries to fight back

Yesterday I blogged about Patrick Lee-lo and his junket and posted a photograph.

That evening I received a letter attempting to get me to take it down claiming copyright.

Letter from InCleanMag

Unfortunately for Ms Taranto a snarky and overly legalised letter to me doesn’t really work. 

It seems too that she is quoting the Australian Copyright Act 1968…shame I live and operate from New Zealand where the Copyright Act 1994 applies.

One of the provisions of our Copyright Act allows for criticism, review and news reporting. Now considering I am the editor of a newspaper as well as this blog and the two are conflated in the media, for instance where Larry Williams introduces me on his show as “Cam Slater, Editor of Truth and the Whaleoil Blog”, I’m pretty sure I can claim this provision, especially as I am reporting on the murky goings on inside the BSC.

The photo too is easily accessible via Google and in fact Ms Taranto has posted it on her Google+ profile (see screenshot below). Not the area marked in red that says “Shared publicly” with also no corresponding copyright notice at all on any of her photos.


Screenshot of Ms Taranto’s Google+ Profile page and public gallery of BSC AGM

Note also that this photo was taken at the BSC AGM…and is itself subject to news as Ms Taranto’s own publication covered it. In any respect Section 41A of the Australian Copyright Act 1968 allows for;

Fair dealing for purpose of parody or satire

A fair dealing with a literary, dramatic, musical or artistic work, or with an adaptation of a literary, dramatic or musical work, does not constitute an infringement of the copyright in the work if it is for the purpose of parody or satire.

The post was obviously parody and satire and openly mocking of the subject. Also Section 42 allows for Fair dealing for purpose of reporting news.

Might I suggest that Ms Taranto and Patrick Lee-lo also swot up about The Streisand Effect.

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

It is named after American entertainer Barbara Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently generated further publicity. Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters, to suppress numbers, files and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.


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  • Agent BallSack

    Who does she think she is? Beyonce?

    • spollyike

      Fuck that’s disgusting!

      • Agent BallSack

        Hence why she tried to get it taken off the internet. Unfortunately MILLIONS of people heard about it and spread it across all social media platforms. TBH all the other pictures of her from Superbowl are just as unflattering.

        • spollyike

          Classic, isn’t that something called the Streisand effect?

      • niggly

        Nah, c’mon she looks hot like that, lots of pumping muscles & leathers et al, she would “rock your world” for sure, woof woof!

    • jcpry

      The question is WTF is that?

  • LionKing

    What a dumb bitch, and has clearly fallen for the smooth smoochy eyes and dolicle tones of the BSC’s Patrick lee-Lo. Seriously the more Paddy gets worked up and hops up and down the more the Streisand effect comes into play. If he is using member’s fee to pay excessive lawyers fees to try and take on WO then more fool him. All it will do is reinforce to the Australian directors of Spotless Services that they better get their money out of the BSC fast otherwise Paddy will spend it.


    • richard.b


  • DLM

    Stupid, stupid, stupid girl. God knows why INCLEAN would want to protect the crumbling BSC in NZ. It’s run by a bunch of cowards who aren’t prepared to take on or boot out Patrick Lee-Lo who is clearly heading the BSC down the path into ruin. More fool them.

  • Agent BallSack

    Dear Ms Taranto. It’s obvious that you have no idea who Cameron Slater is nor have any idea that this is the last thing you should threaten him with as he doesnt give a fuck about you, or your public ‘copyrighted’ image.
    As an aside you should also never wrestle with pigs because the pigs enjoy it and you just end up covered in shit.

    A concerned (for you) WhaleOil reader.

  • Naylor

    If this doesn’t give Steven Joyce a reason to boot out that communist clause in the Procurement Principles (Rule 67) then God knows what does

  • baw

    I can not wait for the reply to this post.

  • baw

    Don’t make legal threats to this blog unless you are willing to fight a court case over it and get a lot of negative publicity.

    I had not really cared what Mr Whale oil had said over these images before. But now I am going to have a look.

  • Hillary Green

    Oh my, I’m assuming that all the pressure on this Patrick fellow must be getting to him. Aside from his ridiculous mustache, WO has clearly shown that this BSC organisation has significant problems. We’ve seen investigations by authorities into their financial accounts and lack of disclosure. We’ve also seen how the BSC is snuggling down with the unions. We’ve seen the BSC attack the franchise industry and franchise companies across New Zealand. We’ve even seen the BSC’s own board ignore their own Society rules.

    I just hope that those companies paying over $20,000 per year in membership fees really do start asking what do they really get from being members of an organisation that clearly isn’t functioning in their best interests.

  • Justsayn

    What has happened here then…

    1. Whomever the hell these people are like reading your blog – a bit flattering I guess to have international appeal;

    2. The guy googles himself daily – bit creepy;

    3. The guy pays others to google him – even creepier;

    4. They are a bunch of Gilmores.

    My hunches is on the bunches.

    • LionKing

      Look Patrick, if this is your best attempt at trying to counter the WO you are forgetting NFWAB. The fish gang are all over you mate.

    • StacyMcNaught

      Damn you, I just read that last line and now have Dr Seuss “green eggs and ham” in my head.

      • Justsayn

        try them try them and you may, try them and you may I say

  • Col

    Easy, I do this all the time, just say FUCK you, or FUCK off, or better still, she will like this one GO FUCK Yourself retard.
    I think those letters are standard issue, as I have seen a few of those.

  • IWantToBeLikeMallardOneDay

    Kath from Kath and Kim’s new lover is what that Paddy bloke looks like.

  • a{random{reader

    Actually, the Australian Copyright Act does apply if people are accessing your website in Australia.

    It’s not a requirement for the web servers or the content to be hosted in Australia. The key thing is the location from where the service is accessed.

    I’m surprised that you don’t know this.

  • Tigger NZ