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June Maxam (b. 1948) is a troll in the classical sense that she's a miserable old hag who lives under a bridge. As co-publisher of the failed Empire Journal, publisher of the failed "Twisted Web" book, publisher of the failed free community newspaper (est. 1981), and now the always failing pay-per-click infested blog North Country Gazette, her expertise in Internet Lawl has resulted in her issuing several baseless cease and desist orders to anyone who dares give her blog free publicity, claiming her site is exempt from all Fair Use laws.
Maxam swipes news from legitimate sources, rewords them, posts them on her blog, and claims each as her own. She expects people to pay to visit her blog, recently stating that she will sue non-paying website visitors who read more than one post.
Maxam previously filed a string of failed state and federal lawsuits, and was labeled a "frequent filer" by a Warren County court employee.
Maxam resides in Chesterbrook, New York, has no friends, is hated and despised by her neighbors, and is known locally as the "Queen Of Foster Flats Road." Maxam feels the need to surround her home in the tiny village with "No Trespassing" signs.
A Warren County New York law enforcement officer described Maxam to Bad Cop News:
Get Sued For Reading Her Blog
Crazed "publisher" June Maxam has big plans, an attorney, and intends to sue web visitors for "theft of services" if they don't pre-pay before reading her blog.
Fair Use exempt?
Most of Maxam's shenanigans revolve around the copyright notices on her failblog:
This seemed amusing to the know-nothings at Harvard Law School, who in turn compiled a list of legal resources for the North Country harpy. After accusing the author of the email, a retired member of NY and DC bars, of practicing law without a licence and claiming she forwarded the offending literature to the Attorney General and her crack legal team, she complied. The obviously clueless and mean-spirited author of the email, noting the change, sent Maxam an email:
To which Maxam responded:
Terri Schiavo and LifeNews.com
In 2006, pro-life site LifeNews.com reposted a "well-written editorial" about Terri Schaivo by Maxam to their site, with attribution. Like any reasonable up-and-coming journalist who found her work so honoured, she wrote a "scathing letter" demanding her column be removed, a demand which LifeNews.com (being the good Christians that they are) complied with.
Rather than just be a miserable clueless twit once and then move on, Maxam attacked LifeNews.com on her site whining (as if anyone cared) that she was "not affiliated with any pro-life [or] right to life group".
Rather than just be a miserable clueless twit twice and then move on, Maxam claimed that sites such as LifeNews, WorldNetDaily, Newsmax and all the other various knuckle-dragging God-gave-us-guns-to-save-America-from-Atheists-and-Uppity-Niggers blogs were actively stealing readers from her failblog, and profiting off of this outright theft by displaying ads.
LifeNews.com: Round Two
Rather than just being a miserable clueless twit thrice and then move on, Maxam got sand in her box once again with LifeNews. In 2007 Pamela Hennessy, the media rep for the Schindler's (Schiavo's mediawhoring parents), wrote an op-ed on Terri, which LifeNews.com legitimately obtained permission to reprint. Maxam's site reprinted the article WITHOUT permission before LifeNews.com, so Maxam assumed LifeNews.com stole it from her. Maxam send LifeNews.com a threatening email stating "We are definitely going to clash... publicly," which prompted a member of the Schindler family to contact Maxam and tell her to GTFO.
Maxam's efforts to promote her "expert" legal and medical opinions (and her failed book) on the Schiavo case have all crashed and burned under peer review.
In July 2008, a poster on the long-running anti-Scientologist Operation Clambake Message Board (OCMB), unaware of Maxam's degree in Internet Lawl, copypasta'd a mention Scientology victim Lisa McPherson in a long article on Pinellas County corruption. This sent Maxam into a frenzy so surreal many thought her ham-fisted editorial calling OCMB an "anti-Scientologist cult" was the work of Tommy Davis.
In order to piss off Maxam, here are fair use quotes from her article.
North Country Gazette Readers Banned
Hated by everyone, June Maxam's pathetic life revolves solely around her little blog. When she's not pulling conspiracy theories out of her butt, she's rewriting content from legitimate news sites and branding it as her own. Maxam also spends hours downloading and reading her log files, banning IP addresses from her site based on visitors browsing habits, search queries, referring sites, and origins that somehow offend her.
One reader who couldn't access Maxam's site emailed her from France:
only to receive a reply that she had reported him to New York and federal law enforcement authorities.
Immediately after receiving the above response from Maxam, he received her plea for help (that she obviously intended to send elsewhere) lying about the reply:
When Maxam's site was hacked (March, 2008) it was revealed that there were over 450 banned IP addresses, documented here. Tests with proxies since publication of the list indicate that Maxam keeps herself busy banning new IP addresses throughout the day.
In December 2000, "The Queen of Foster Flats Road" was convicted and sentenced to 9 1/2 months in jail for harassment of her neighbours. After serving 17 days in jail during a span covering Christmas 2000 and New Years Day, a judge with troller's remorse finally set bail on Jan 4 2001. Maxam appealed, of course, claiming jury and evidence tampering and that her conviction was a retaliation for her articles criticising Chestertown NY public officials. In her lawlsuit she named virtually every judge in her county as not having legal authority to jail her - forcing them to recuse themselves. She was later released on a stay, but was forced to serve another six months in 2003 after her appeal was denied. She was released early for good behaviour, and eventually won her trial in 2005 on a technicality.
The internet is littered with individuals June Maxam has threatened to sue.
Despite Maxam's emailed nasty-grams referencing SWAT teams composed of lawyers, law enforcement agencies, internet officials, and "other domain agencies" standing by to defend her so-called "personal and professional character," nothing ever materializes. A typical email message from Maxam:
A simple STFU and she usually goes away: