Wow what a crazy 24 hours it has been! Yesterday was apparently the take back homesteading day of action. An event I wasn’t aware of, because I didn’t know about the Dervaes’s family’s ridiculous copyright filing on homestead and homesteading. Unfortunately I posted a video on the same day which many people took as a sign of support. To be clear, I don’t support the Drevaes family. I didn’t even know there was a roaring controversy. So today, I spent my normal blog time writing emails explaining all of this and responding to comments.
For more info on this I suggest reading the following:
- Tree Hugger’s Commentary: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/02/can_you_trademark_urban_homesteading.php
- EFF (watchdog group): http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/02/riding-fences-urban-homestead-trademark-complaints
- Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110218/pl_usnw/DC50891
Below is a copy of the email I sent to folks explaining the situation:
I wanted to respond to your comment on the blog personally. The past few day has rather blindsided me to be honest. I found out about the ridiculous homesteading copyright yesterday at about 11am, I was informed by you and other readers. I personally think that the claims the Drevaes family has tried to assert are ridiculous. I also feel that the copyright will soon be revoked, the Electronic Frontier Foundation has helped several people lawyer up and they have a very good track record.
The point is, I became aware of this after my posts were made, had I known about the controversy, the post would not have been made. The upshot of it all is that there have been some interesting conversations done in the comments. To delete the post would be to delete the comments and conversations.
So I invite you to continue reading the blog and would love to hear your thoughts.