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Another update on our legal case

Yes unfortunately our legal case with Colin Webster, the General Secretary of the MSSA, is still on going and likely won’t be completed until at least the 22nd of May when the next court date is set for.

However we do have an update to pass on to you wonderful people. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about and why Colin Webster is taking me to court then you can read up here but in a nut shell I wrote an article detailing, factually, what we feel Colin Webster is doing but also made one small factual error.

I fixed that error as soon as it was pointed out but we are still being taken to court over it even though 99% of the article isn’t under official dispute.

At the first court date all the advocates agreed that neither side had enough time to accurately argue their cases (as far as I can tell, not a lawyer here) so the case was stood down until the 22nd of May.

Since then Colin has filed his responding affidavit and should have filed his heads of argument by the 7th of May. I haven’t heard if he has done so but I presume he has. Now my team has until the 21st of May to file our heads of argument before heading to battle in the Pretoria High Court.

All of this has cost a considerable amount of money. I posted previously about our legal fund if you were interested in donating to and the response was truly humbling. I received far more than I ever expected and along with our shirt sales we have managed to secure around R35 000 in funding. I’ve been able to add about the same myself. But unfortunately that still left me quite a long way away from being able to cover all the costs, yes litigation costs a bomb.

But a guardian angel has appeared and I’d like to give them a very special mention.

They are called the Media Legal Defence Initiative and their mission statement is quite clear.

“The Media Legal Defence Initiative is a non-governmental organisation which helps journalists, bloggers and independent media outlets around the world defend their rights.”

They go on into some more detail

“We help journalists who publish via print, broadcast or the internet, by making sure they have good lawyers to defend them. If necessary we pay legal fees and we work alongside lawyers to make sure the best possible legal defence is provided. We work directly with individual lawyers around the world, and we also have partnerships with national organisations who provide legal aid to journalists. Our long-term goal is to strengthen media legal defence capacity around the world by supporting initiatives that enhance the legal knowledge, skills and effectiveness of those working in the field.”

I don’t know what is more amazing for me, the fact that the main portion of the financials have now been covered and I can concentrate solely on the case or that an official Media Fund has found this case important enough to back.

This is not only a defining moment in my life as a trade journalist but also for gaming as an industry; not to mention a turning point for large blogs and sites out there. I truly expect this case to become something that is used in court cases moving forward when blogs or independent sites are attacked and attempts are made to classify them as non-media.

The world has moved on and Internet sites are now providing more people with more information than probably all the worlds newspapers combined.

TL;DR

I’m back in court on the 22nd of May with the massive backing of the community and the international backing of the Media Legal Defence Initiative who I will definitely be donating to as I move forward with my career. If you have ever donated to them then I personally thank you and if like me you are a member of the media and appreciate this sort of backing then please do give them a donation here.

I strongly believe I didn’t defame or post libel information about Colin Webster and I will definitely keep you informed of how the case progresses. Until then please do not insult Mr Webster in the comments as he is attempting to use comments that I haven’t seen as proof that I am defaming him.

If you see any comments that are defaming Mr Webster, or anyone else, please notify me and it will be acted on promptly. As always.

As a side note, if you ever get sued by Colin Webster please contact me (gavin@lazygamer.net) and I will be happy to help out in any way that I can.

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Author:Gavin Mannion

I'm cranky, arrogant and ever so amazingly annoying but when you get to know me you will also realise I'm honest and incredibly good at describing myself... now pass me that beer
  • Draco Lusus

    Got my shirt, thanks…medium is HUGE tho :P

    • Rincethis

      HAHAH! Me too, thing is the size of a tent!

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        Hehe, no Rince, that’s NOT what she said

        • Rincethis

          No, but it’s what I DID Ba dum chi!

          • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

            You did something the size of a tent?

      • Jedi JJ

        Well, we can all go show our support by camping outside the courthouse at least. Luckily the sleeves are long enough to work now for the winter ;) And I’m not a short guy.

        • Rincethis

          HAHAHAHA! WIN :)

      • Hammersteyn

        My XXXL is a bit roomy. To the pub! I need to level up my beer belly.

        • Rincethis

          Onward Watson! Lower the strip pole and lather it up with grease!

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      weird.. the Large and XL were normal sized.. will check one of the other mediums

      • Draco Lusus

        I was going on band shirts, in comparison, its around the size of a large me thinks. But all is good.

      • Jedi JJ

        This medium has no standard measurements on any of the dimensions (I will leave out why I know this). But to be honest, it really doesn’t bother me. It’s for support, not fashion.

        • HvR – THE Average GAmer

          NOT FASHION!!!!

          Ek het daai hemp gerock by die Spur terwyl ek my gauco en bacon burger geeet het.

          • Jedi JJ

            Ek moet nog kans kry om myne uit te vat vir ‘n test drive.
            This weekend baby!

  • Rincethis

    Good luck Gavin! Will keep an eye out here for you too ;)

  • Kromas

    Still waiting for my shirts :(

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      Shirts? More than one?

      • Kromas

        Why would I ever buy just 1?

        • Admiral Chief in Space

          Haha, I can’t have duplicates, would be wrong in my wardrobe, since the only duplicates I have in there, are of socks (and that’s for left and right)

          • Kromas

            I rarely go out clothes shopping cause I hate shopping in general so I always need more T-Shirts. :P

          • Hammersteyn

            Same, also if I see someone wearing the same shirt like me I immediately don’t want to wear it any more. But not rugby jerseys or lagz shirts.

          • DarthZA

            When a guy sees a guy wearing the same shirt as him, instant best friends. Girls are the ones that don’t like it…

          • Hammersteyn

            Then I’m a girl

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Everyone should have received by now… did you get a tracking number?

      • Kromas

        No but Zoe called me the other day asking where I wanted to pick it up. I was rather busy in a meeting so I think I said Rand Park Ridge.

        Edit: I did mark that I would pick it up myself on the order.

        • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

          ah.. then it’s at my place.. I was meant to phone you already :)… will SMS you the address when I get home. will organise a time

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Is there biltong too? I know there are chillies, but is there biltong?

          • Kromas

            Holding my shirts ransom I see.

            Okay fine! I will buy a console!

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            DON’T DO IT MAN!!!!!

          • Kromas

            BUT THE SHIRTS!!!!

            “The good of the many outweigh the good of the few” – Spock

          • Jedi JJ

            “Your lack of faith is disturbing”

          • Rincethis

            Isn’t that ‘needs?’ Heathen!

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            HAHAHA

          • Kromas

            Dammit … its friday.

          • Rincethis

            Indeed – teal’c

          • Kromas

            Kri! Jaffa!

          • Jedi JJ

            I was staring at that for quite a while and couldn’t figure out why it sounded so strange.

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            Because YOU are strange? :P

          • Jedi JJ

            Sounds plausible.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Because it’s from that stupid Groot Trek series.

  • Kieran Luke Druzynski

    Awesome news, just a pity South Africa doesn’t have this sort of institution backing you.

  • Matthew Holliday

    How is Colin covering his Legal costs?
    Is the MSSA/government covering them? or is it out of his own pocket?

    when we have one tournament a year with a decent prize pool, the idea of an MSSA member dropping the best part of R100k , just so that he can pretend to be the big dog, i start to wonder(again) where the MSSA’s priorities lie.

    • Kensei Seraph

      I’m also be curious about the source of Colin’s legal funding but since the MSSA is a private organisation and Colin is a private individual I’m fairly certain that even if the MSSA is assisting in the funding neither of them would make any information available to non-MSSA members and the members are likely to face some form of penalty if they make public any private information of either party.

      • Tarisma

        Me thinks we need a mole

        • Kensei Seraph

          Avo seems perfect for the job.

      • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

        I have been told the money is coming from him personally. Yet i fail to believe he is paying real money on a case that is as ‘precarious’ as this.

        I truly expected a real settlement offer or an acceptance of our settlement offer, but he is adament he wants his day in court and so I can only oblige.

  • Hammersteyn

    Thanks again for my spiffy shirt, now everyone at the pub is going to ask me again about Lazygamer. So you see it’s an advertisement as well. Good luck Gavin. So glad we could help.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    That’s some pretty good news.

  • http://www.jimzor.co.za/ James Anderton

    Got my shirt. GL Gavin!

  • Unavengedavo

    Can I still buy a T-shirt or a beany, or cup with darryn in a mankini?

    • Jedi JJ

      You’d put your mouth to something with Darryn in a mankini on? You’re more mad than I thought.

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        HAHAHAHA

      • Unavengedavo

        Why do you think I made the picture in the first place?

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Beanies are coming soon… will see what stock we have left and then put them up for sale as well

      • Rincethis

        Just make sure you don’t order the medium size…

        • Draco Lusus

          HAHAHAHA, classic

      • Kromas

        Dammit! … Put me down for 2!

        • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

          at R800 a pop.. wow you are generous :)

          • Kromas

            I collect Beanies. I have one from just about every country I have visited. (Technically a sherpa hat from the Andes is not really a beanie but close enough)

  • Jonah Cash

    Go get them man!! We here are all still right behind you!!

  • Kensei Seraph

    To Gavin: good luck, I’m sure that the case will be decided in your favour.
    To the men and women of the Media Legal Defence Initiative, thanks for assisting.

  • Caz Ebber

    If being a complete doos was a crime, you would have been locked up ages ago Gavin. But it’s not. So you walk freely. Still hope you go down.

    • Draco Lusus

      Aren’t you a ray of fucking sunshine. I recommend a visit to the gynaecologist, you seem to have a sever case of sandy vagina.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      Go down for what exactly? For posting information that some people would prefer it stay hidden?

      • Tarisma

        Damn you Gavin for telling the truth. Didn’t you know all successful journalism is owned by the “man” I mean look at the beacon of success ANN7 is!

      • Johann Coetzee

        Dont feed the troll.

    • Sageville

      Wow, the twat is strong in this one

  • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 Ezio Auditore da Firenze

    Defend them freedums! I can’t believe this even went to trial. Sounded to me like you made good as soon as you realized. Good luck, amicus.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net Gavin Mannion

      as soon as I was informed that it wasn’t ‘that’ sort of case I changed it and left a note.. I even have timestamps in my audit trail of the article to prove that. But again I’m not a lawyer and Colin is well within his right to seek legal help if he feel’s slighted

      • https://twitter.com/Firehawk305 Ezio Auditore da Firenze

        That is true. Here in the states it would be considered libel, but generally if the person or group issues an apology, or amend the original article, all is forgiven (unless they are out for “blood”). I just don’t see it as necessary to bring the court into a case that could have been settled outside of it. Hopefully justice will prevail.

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