Invisible Children Uganda is determined to sue a website Kickstriker.com that has launched a separate campaign to solicit for money to fight warlord Joseph Kony,RT news reports
The site which is operating in partnership with a group of pranksters enrolled in graduate courses at New York University say their aim is to complement the efforts of Invisible Children following their release of Kony 2012 advocacy video.
“…following the release of the ‘KONY 2012’ video, we found ourselves the subject of much criticism online. In order to address these criticisms, we’ve decided to partner with Kickstriker, in order to launch a transparent, direct funding campaign with the goal of capturing Joseph Kony once and for all. If this project is successfully funded, 100% of your donation will go toward hiring private military contractors from Academi (formerly Blackwater), who will be immediately deployed to central Africa. Their mission: to capture Joseph Kony, dead or alive. To be clear, 100% of your donation will go toward the mission and none will be used for Invisible Children’s general operating expenses.”
By logging on the Kickstriker, however, Web surfers are allowed an opportunity to arm Tibetan monks with machine guns, weaponize homemade drones or, yes, “bring Joseph Kony to Justice.”
Invisible Children is threatening to file a lawsuit against the webmasters behind Kickstriker for collecting contributions illegally from people in their name.The campaigners however claim that they are using their name illegally.
Kickstriker’s Mehan Jayasuriya, James Borda and Josh Begley reply to Invisible Children. “As such, while Kickstriker makes use of the trademarked terms ‘Invisible Children’ and ‘KONY 2012,’ these uses are protected under the doctrine of fair use, which allows for such uses for the purposes of criticism and commentary.”