Streisand Effect

Bob McCoskrie loves the Streisand Effect


via 3 News

Hayden Donnell at 3 News has noticed that Family First frequently boosts the publications or events they protest against due to the Streisand Effect.   He had an email exchange with Family First director Bob McCoskrie:

“Hi Hayden. The problem with your thesis is that you’re suggesting that if we just stay silent, the problem will go away.

Anything but!

It’s when these events happen that we can raise the concerns that so many have about, for example, the harms of porn and the pornography industry,” he wrote. Read more »

Bob McCoskrie is Steve Crow’s best marketing tool


I honestly don’t get why Family First don’t understand the Streisand Effect.  They continue to blunder into promoting the very things they are dead set against.

A complaint has been lodged with the police over the planned Boobs on Bikes parade in Auckland. Read more »

It’s illegal for us to buy this NZ book, but the rest of the world can

American publishing house Polis Books plan to publish Into the River, by Ted Dawe, in hardcover and as an e-book after founder Jason Pinter heard about the New Zealand ban.

“Any time a book is banned, all it serves to do is get the book more readers,” he told Radio New Zealand’sMorning Report.

“This is how I heard about the book, to begin with – I was actually on holiday with my family, and it made me want to read the book.”

There are no plans to restrict the age of American readers, although Mr Pinter said Polis would recommend that readers be over 13, as parents tended to buy for their children and might want to be aware of its more sensitive themes.

Why don’t crazies like Family First ever consider the Streisand Effect?  Instead of saving kids from being exposed to material they deem unsuitable, they now have achieved an even greater market for the book.   Read more »

Book banning still alive and well in NZ


Bob McCoskrie is an idiot.

He has moved to have an award winning book banned after it has been on the market for more than two years. Has he not heard of the Streisand Effect? Read more »

Streisand effect blows back on “villainous” Timaru taxi company

A Timaru taxi company reported a bloke to the Police who was picking up and taking his pissed mates home instead of using their cabs.

Businesses who lay vexatious complaints with Police to further their own business interests disgust me…and it appears it disgusts people in Timaru too.

Timaru Taxis has come out swinging, saying it has been made to look villainous after complaining about a driver who says he was just picking up his mates.

On Thursday Timaru man Karl Anglem spoke out, saying he only picks up family and friends, after being issued with a warning from police following a complaint by the taxi company.

Officially, the warning forbids Anglem from operating an unlicensed transport service. Patrons cheered for him and shook his hand as he walked into the Richard Pearse Tavern in Timaru on Thursday night, Anglem said.

But in a statement on Friday, Timaru Taxis chairman of directors Brian Christian said his company was being made to look bad.

“It seems that we are being made to look like the villains in all of this. Our main concerns are to do with safety and compliance,” he said.

Anglem stated he received no payment for his services, yet said had accepted petrol money, Christian said. He added his company’s drivers were simply trying to make a living.

“Our owners and drivers pay a lot of money for the right to try to eke out an honest living.

“It’s not just the cost of licensing but the cost of insurances, registration, and certificates of fitness for vehicles, which costs a lot more than a standard Warrant of Fitness. We are all subject to police vetting to make sure we are a fit and proper person to operate a taxi,” Christian said.

“We are also governed by driving hours. Mr Anglem can work a normal day for his employer and then still be out driving at 2am to 4am. Is this safe? I think not.

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Rod Jenden smashes Herald reporter Michael Botur back right in the face


The other day I highlighted a shabby blackmail attempt against Wet & Forget founder Rod Jenden by NZ Herald journalist Michael Botur.

Well Rod Jenden isn’t one to take such threats lightly and so on his blog he has published the email correspondence and the audio and to cap it all off he is offering a “Blackmail Special”.

I think Michael Botur may have played the wrong game with Rod Jenden.

The Streisand Effect is working in reverse of what he clearly intended…and not one of the media outlets he shopped the story to have run it.   Read more »

Happy Birthday to my most favourite effect: The Streisand

Exactly ten years ago today, the internet finally gave a name to one of its favorite phenomenons, the Streisand Effect. Or: What happens when you try to censor something and the internet loses its collective shit, dumping even more attention on it. And what a glorious decade it’s been. Read more »

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.  Read more »

Colin Craig is the stupidest man on earth

Colin Craig is genuinely stupid. He has issued a legal threat to satirical blogger Ben Uffindel at The Civilian. You have to read it to believe it…surely this is some sort of pisstake.

I mean high priced corporate lawyer, John McKay  can’t even get his client’s name right.


I mean WTF? Who is Mr Crag and what did he say? Can you believe this?  Read more »

An email from a photographer

On the day after my mother died I received this email:

 Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 6:43 PM

From:John Chapman <[email protected]>
To: Cameron Slater
Cc: Rob Webber <[email protected]>, John Chapman <[email protected]>

Dear Mr Slater,

It has been drawn to my attention that you have published one of my images from the June 2012 TVNZ7 Funeral March on your Whale oil blog. The picture in question shows Labour MP Clare Curran in conversation with Kim Dotcom. My permission was not sought for publication nor a fee paid. As the author and copyright holder of the image I reserve the right to both charge a fee for usage and to decide how and when that image is used.

Accordingly I enclose an invoice for breach of my copyright and a screenshot taken today 29.09.12 demonstrating usage by you. In addition I must insist that the image is taken down from your website within 24 hour of receiving this email and that no further usage of my copyright material takes place. Failure to do so will result in an increased fee. A failure to settle the amount owing within 30 days will result in court action to recover the amount owing plus any costs incurred in enforcing collection.


John Chapman

I was in no mood that day to brook nonsense so basically told him to get stuffed. It is fair to say that I didn’t cover myself in glory with my reply. Then yesterday I received another email.

Sun, Oct 14, 2012 at 1:42 PM

From: John Chapman <[email protected]>
To: Whaleoil
Cc: Rob Webber <[email protected]>


Dear Mr Slater,

Thank you for your response dated 29.09.12. I am sorry to hear of you loss – not being a reader of your blog nor one of your friends on Facebook I was unaware of your mother’s passing. Not wishing to intrude on your grief further I felt it appropriate to leave the matter rest for two weeks so as not bring further distraction in what must be a very difficult time for you. That said you will recall from my previous correspondence, I requested that you take down the image in question within 24 hours. You responded by saying you would replace it with, my and I quote “fuckwitted letter.” That does not appear to have happened and as you will see from the enclosed screenshot the image is still up on your Whaleoil site. I also indicated that further charges would be made if the image was not taken down. Accordingly I’m enclosing an invoice for a further $250.00 to cover the cost of additional reproduction fees since the 29.09.12.

Once again as copyright holder I must insist the image is taken down within 24 hours. Should you again fail to do so I will be issuing a further invoice for reproduction fees for the image in question. I stated in my earlier correspondence that I would be taking proceedings for recovery should settlement not be forthcoming within 30 days. That period now has less than 14 days to run. Should you choose not to settle I will make good my notice of action.

Lastly, in your previous correspondence you made a number of threats to my person which I have put down to your grief over your mother’s passing. However any further threats of violence from you will be reported to the police as a matter of course. As you may be aware I have been a photojournalist now for over 35 years and have found myself covering conflicts in places such as Gaza, Lebanon and Iraq. As you can imagine given my past experiences, being called an “unctuous twat” isn’t going to dissuade me from pursuing the theft of my images in the courts should it prove necessary..


John Chapman

Now this is the same John Chapman who covers his Facebook page in all manner of left wing cant, and various other left wing causes, and is friends with Labour and Green MPs. His is demonstrably leftwing in attitude and leftwing in belief.  He is friends with David Cunliffe, Cathy Casey, the flea lawyer from the Wairarapa and former Labour candidate Michael Bott, friends also with Lynn Prentice…make no mistake this is politically motivated and coincides with a personal approach from an MP the same day which is very coincidental.

I did point out to Mr John Chapman that being an abusive and aggressive arse wasn’t a winning proposition. Considering his friends though there is little doubt that is just a political ploy.

However, in the interests of settling this matter I am prepared to enter into a revenue sharing proposition. $250 seems a bit over the top, but I understand that he is concerned that I may be making money off of his photography while he misses out.

This image was originally published in July 2012 on my blog. In the interests of transparency here is a screenshot from my stats package, showing the views of that post.

As you can see a total of 929 views of the post have been made. In July there were 673,998 views of my blog and I also was paid $251.31 from Adsense. Again in the interests of transparency I show the screenshot from Adsense below:

Therefore a “view” in July, which is when most people viewed the post, is worth $0.000372.

The 929 total views on that post are worth $0.3463. It seems fair though to pass on all the revenue from the views of the post since it relied on Mr John Chapman’s work…all be it in a satirical and arguably fair use manner.

It also seems fair to round up too, so I will pay the entire revenue of $0.35 to Mr John Chapman.

I don’t really want to waste $0.70 on a stamp, plus I can’t find my cheque book, so I have paid Mr John Chapman direct. That should settle things. NFWAB.