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Brianna Wu Setting Up Legal Defense Fund For Harassed Women

According to Game Politics’ website, game designer Brianna Wu has announced that she is setting up a legal defense fund for women who have been harassed online during the course of the recent and ongoing Gamergate discussion. Announcing this via Tumblr, Wu says “the fund will pay lawyers to find cases on libel and defamation and prosecute them in civil court. These cases might be mine, or they might be other women targeted by Gamergate. It will be cases the legal team feels they can win.”

So far, Wu’s only published game has been Revolution 60, an iOS-only title that was intended to combat what the developer sees as a testosterone-fueled industry.

Wu also commented with the following:

“Sadly, fighting back is all these bullies understand. I’m in the process of making sure the fund complies with our legal and tax structure. My suggestion to anyone in Gamergate is to think very carefully about saying something libelous or defamatory about the women you target.”

There is no doubt a metric crap-ton of harassment aimed at women in gaming but rarely do I see any of it sporting the #GamerGate hashtag. I asked Wu via email if the fund was specifically for harassment by GamerGate or more for the type of harassment associated with GamerGate.

“I suppose it would be for the harassment associated with Gamergate,” she said. “Again, I am not a lawyer—so any thing I say here would be speculation. My goal is to make the industry a safer place for women to work.”

No word on whether she will extend this to male developers who have been harassed just as hard. Brad Wardell, who is still continually harassed about a false, dismissed case of sexual harassment from his past, is frequently bullied online by people who claim to be against such harassment. Denis Dyack, too, was infamously harassed.

This might not matter, since someone who understands the law recently posted a response to this elsewhere, and I post their comment here to put a different perspective on the issue:

    Legal defense fund idea won’t go anywhere unfortunately. I suspect she hasn’t really had a lengthy sit down with a good lawyer yet.

    Despite nearly every state in the US having online harassment laws, online harassment is still extremely common. That is mostly due to anonymity encouraging people to say things they otherwise would not say. That same anonymity makes it extremely difficult to find people who are doing it. There are also limits to what kind of harassment is actionable. These laws vary from state to state. Generally in the US, you can say some truly awful things to or about a person online without breaking any laws or crossing into libel/slander. Plus, a lot of online harassment comes from other countries whose law enforcement will not be particularly interested in spending the time and effort to track down some people for saying mean shit on the internet.

    It goes back to what anyone who has been on the net for more than 5 minutes should know: don’t feed the trolls.

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Carl Batchelor

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49 comments
  1. Topgeartony
    Topgeartony
    November 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Pffft. Nothing is going to be done. She’s doing it to look good. Why not woman that have been harassed online, just indefinitely?

    Better yet, why not get daddies money to pay for it?

    It’s really cheap PR.

  2. Weeb
    Weeb
    November 1, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I can’t stop laughing. There is better ways to piss away money.

  3. Cy
    Cy
    November 1, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    And of course no one got harassed online before GamerGate was a thing…

  4. Irishdragon5
    Irishdragon5
    November 1, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    At least they finally set up a charity. GG has funded several already.

  5. Ms_Fortune
    Ms_Fortune
    November 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    I just have one question.

    Who’s handling this money?

  6. Topgeartony
    Topgeartony
    November 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    It’s not a charity. No one will benefit from it. It’s someone personal quest to buy good will. This is amount to nothing, nothing at all.

  7. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    November 1, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Exactly. Note that she explicitly stated “Help ME and others” which basically means this money will go to helping her find some shoddy ambulance chaser who will take her money and spend it to…I dunno….sue twitter? Cut ethernet cords? Hammer someone’s modem? That’s about all you can do, really.

  8. Topgeartony
    Topgeartony
    November 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Her lack of knowledge regarding law is astonishing.

    With all the money her parents have you’d think they’d at least be able to give her a decent education.

    I showed this to the lawyer at the firm I work at and he nearly fell of the chair.

  9. Nonscpo
    Nonscpo
    November 1, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    WTF Instead of waisting peoples time and money on cybebullying only for women, cause apperantly men are privaledge and nobody should give a damn about them. How about instead raising funds to help femenist and freedom crusaders that are fighting in third world countries where women are actually being opperessed? I swear the other day on the news they were talking about a lady that was busting into brothels in southeast asia, liberating women and little girls that where being trafficked as part of a sex-slave ring. How about we give money to that lady instead of Brianna Wu?

  10. Guest
    Guest
    November 1, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    This is what happens when victim culture becomes mainstream.

  11. Topgeartony
    Topgeartony
    November 1, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Because pretending to care and do something is much easier than actually caring and doing something.

  12. Tyrannikos
    Tyrannikos
    November 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    No lawyer I know of (Screw you, I’ve watched enough Law & Order to act like I know lawyers) would take anything like this when they find out she feels disagreeing with her is harassment.

    Props to Brianna for furthering her comedic career. She’s really good.

  13. raze2012
    raze2012
    November 1, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Her Paypal ofc. Works for Rebel Jam

  14. raze2012
    raze2012
    November 1, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    A shame. May not agree with her actions, but I would respect an actual effort to give money to charity, regardless of the person.

    I haven’t really seen any of the anti-GG side put their money where their mouth is (unless you count ZQ’s patreon).

  15. Some furf
    Some furf
    November 1, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    “These cases might be mine”
    Oh, of course. I understand, it’s not like you have all that much money of your own, you need a little help.

    http://i.imgur.com/LQxOnTg.png

    Oh…

  16. DanTheMan
    DanTheMan
    November 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    This will only work in favor of GG if anything. GG already has a bad reputation and facing “harassment” charges isn’t going to make things any worse. However, maybe the threat of legal action will deter some unwitting trolls from going through with their plans, thus making sure that GG retains the small amount of credibility it has left in the eyes of the media. Well, the media that actually did some research on the subject.

    It’s sad that GG is being lambasted by pretty much everyone. Can we win this? I certainly hope so. Otherwise we can all kiss this hobby goodbye.

  17. UUDDLRLR BASTART
    UUDDLRLR BASTART
    November 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    God damn it. We are going to have a meeting about upping the rape squad budget now.

  18. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    November 1, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    This will go nowhere fast, the hell is she even trying to do this? Oh right, because she wants attention…

  19. Juhata
    Juhata
    November 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    -Makes fun of GamerGate people and denies to listen to reason
    -Makes a meme to ridicule them further
    -Becomes defensive as hell when people SHOCKINGLY defend themselves
    -Makes a sockpuppet account to further her own agenda and make GG look bad
    -Another new account that suspiciously writes very similarly to her doxxes her and stops twitting right then and there
    -Claims that GamerGate as a whole did it
    -THEY’RE HARASSING ME OH GOD THESE PEOPLE KNOW NO LOVE AND COMPASSION WHY IS THE GAME INDUSTRY SUCH A SHITTY PLACE WE SHOULD DO SOMETHING TO MAKE IT BETTER
    -Contacts some prominent GG people, like Adam Baldwin and Milo, to talk rationally about the movement and her concerns
    -Sadly, once she realized that Baldwin was going to argue with her on equal grounds, she stopped replying. Let’s also not forget that she let Milo hanging after he had made an appointment with Wu for a radio talk, costing him time and money.
    -Goes on to the mainstream media right afterwards to spread the word on how this evil internet hate movement completely and utterly ruined her life, as well as many other women
    -Continues to self-aggrandize herself as some sort of war veteran that survived all those incredibly sadistic internet demons that know no feelings other than KILL, DESTROY, HARASS, LULZ

    I also like the fact that she ignores all the harassment that many prominent female GamerGate people, and even other people in general, have had recently during this whole thing. So much for the harassment of ALL women involved, huh?
    We’ve been doing this for two months and it’s always the same thing but with a different label. I just want the video games without all this oppression olympics shit tied with EVERYTHING, dude.

  20. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    November 1, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Same here, friend….same here…

  21. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 1, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    hem… this Wu… is nothing more then a stalker to me. And a very “passionate” one. The thing i hate about her is this insane obsession to be in the spotlight and she makes no compromise what consequences that might have for other people. She is dangerous imo!

  22. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 1, 2014 at 6:57 pm

    and she is still alive and twittoring!

  23. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    and one thing about that shitty game she did. Counter strike 1.6 maps still look better as that crap she calls levels. I mean she didnt even know how to model or texture a damn stupid crate. Doesnt know how to texture a wall with a simple box modifier etc. I would like to know who created the models, the rigs and all the animations + code etc. (looks all like poser 3.0 models from 2003 or so) I dont believe anything about this person as a supposed to be a game dev. Sorry, but this story stinks too imo!
    You can actualy see that she didnt used real textures but materials only…

  24. Topgeartony
    Topgeartony
    November 1, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Does she seriously think she’s the first woman or even person to make an all female cast game?

    Fucking Zune was doing it in like 1998 with Touhou and they are much better characters. It also doesn’t look like an assy PS one FMV.

  25. 2501
    2501
    November 1, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Brianna Wu is the best thing to happen to Gamergate. Her being the “spokesperson” for Anti-GG is so self-destructive it’s frankly amusing. She has already started to create tensions between LW1 and there are people that just don’t want her to represent them.

    It is clear as day that she is obsessed with attention; she proudly states to be the “most harassed woman caused by gamergate”. You just know that she is going to cook something else up for cheap publicity after this legal defense fund bombs.

  26. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 1, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    When i think about the kings quest game developer i wished that this WU idiot would have looked out for a different hobby… she is the worst person imaginable for a gaming community spokes person. What do other people think when they see such a meth head on TV and talking about our gaming stuff…
    It´s more like games or the gaming industry drives people mad… she is a prime example for someone no ones needs in the public!

  27. Erthwjim
    Erthwjim
    November 1, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    What about the women that are harassed for supporting gamergate? Is this not for them?

  28. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 1, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    these are not real woman because they have internalized muh soggy knees!

  29. NeoTechni
    NeoTechni
    November 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    She will benefit.

  30. Leorio
    Leorio
    November 1, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Why is it only harassment when it’s against a woman? They want equality.. but when their anti gamergate group trash talks guys or girls against them it’s just standing their ground? :l

    Before you say “they threaten blah blah”… probably less than 1% of gamergate ever says anything like that to them.

  31. Elasticpete
    Elasticpete
    November 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

    Thing I wanna know is, how bad does name calling have to get before it’s considered harassment?

  32. RandomDev
    RandomDev
    November 1, 2014 at 10:29 pm

    We will win but we must remain strong in the face of adversity.

  33. Neojames82
    Neojames82
    November 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    Well you see, that would actually require effort for Anita and these others women to do some research and not cherry pick the simple targets.

  34. Ms_Fortune
    Ms_Fortune
    November 2, 2014 at 12:15 am

    Ah yes of course, NOTHING TO SEE HERE FOLKS, NO TRICKS HERE.

  35. Zombie_Barioth
    Zombie_Barioth
    November 2, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Thats my favorite part of all this. I don’t see anyone crying foul about their treatment of the Gamergate side. It obviously doesn’t count because we’re men, or “fake” women pretending to be men. Do as I say, not as I do, am I right?

    What do you wanna bet if she opens this up to men it’ll just be for those on the anti-Gamergate side? Disagree with them and you become just another harasser.

  36. KR_Badonkadonk
    KR_Badonkadonk
    November 2, 2014 at 1:07 am

    This is great. If they somehow manage to take real action against everyone who sent death threats then it wouldn’t affect #GamerGate in the least because – surprise! – they didn’t come from GG supporters. When they see us not slow down they’ll have to think of a new reason to hate us, but it might un-muddy the waters a bit.

  37. Fenrir7
    Fenrir7
    November 2, 2014 at 2:25 am

    No one makes Brianna Wu look more like an idiot than Brianna Wu.

  38. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    November 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    About “poopy-head” level. And if you say “stinky poopy-head”, you may as well burn their house down you monster.

  39. Thanatos2k
    Thanatos2k
    November 2, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    This is a hilarious joke, like Wu. Wu has been confirmed to have faked some of the harassment. By all means go to trial Wu – you can’t lie there.

  40. Elasticpete
    Elasticpete
    November 3, 2014 at 4:55 am

    I mean like, at the end of the article the author mentions how there are limits on what kind of harassment is actionable. I know death threats are actionable but what else is? What message can you send to someone online that is considered actionable if it’s not a death threat?

  41. Thomas Fährmann
    Thomas Fährmann
    November 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    ehem. I just read the metacritics of this revolution 60 game and “people” called it amazingly beatifull… yes it is amazingly completely without any lighting (sky or point lights doesnt matter…none existant) or shadows (she never heard about shadowmaps my guess) from the screenshots i have seen. Oh wait there is a bit ambient/ diffuse lighting… i just missed it….I think the only skill the so called level designer has is “to extrude planes” of a simple geometry and throw a planar modifier on it. If you take a closer look at the so called textures you can see this is so ugly it reminds me of the very first halflife maps people did just for the fun and admitted it honestly!

    So this was my review of the amazingly beatifull game. graphics -1/10 (we have 2014 btw….) and graphics matter when something looks so out of place unstylish, boring and amatuerish! My own maps for sof1 looked better and that was 2001!

    Anyone know what specific skill set she has ?

  42. dsadsada
    dsadsada
    November 3, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    Only thing I can think of is repeated harassment over the course of a long time on a person without anonymity. Like I have no idea who Elisticpete is but if it was Pete Smith or something and I continuously publicly humiliate you to the point you might start considering suicide, that sounds pretty actionable even if I don’t actually make any death threats or tell you to kill yourself.

    But that does little to narrow the answers to your question I suppose. Each person has a different breaking point and it wouldn’t surprise me if someone was so thin skinned that poopy-head does seriously upset them.

  43. miiyukichan
    miiyukichan
    November 5, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Like children. Children are an easy way to burn through money. :>

  44. miiyukichan
    miiyukichan
    November 5, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    Tsunako is the concept artist for Hyperdimension Neptunia, an all female-cast game. Tsunako is a woman.

    Also, her designs are a lot better and HDN is… you know… fun.

  45. Anbutou
    Anbutou
    November 5, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    I honestly wonder if this might be some sort of effort to acquire funds to finish off that game she’s been holding off from saying she can’t complete. I don’t know, we’ll have to see.

  46. juniper97
    juniper97
    November 11, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    I think it’s great. Will spread the word, hope it becomes a robust war chest.

  47. vashdstampede41
    vashdstampede41
    November 20, 2014 at 12:46 am

    i love how they themselves can’t stop being sexisst!!!! hahah