His case has drawn international attention. What hasn't drawn so much attention is the fact that there is some controversy over fundraising done on Gorki's behalf without the permission his group, Porno para Ricardo, shown above in a photo taken from the group's site.
In a message to Along the Malecon, leftside says:
Turns out that most of everything we are witnessing is being engineered by a notorious (in the Cuban blogosphere) anti-Castro militant who also happens to be making exclusive money off the CDs (and donations). This person (charlie bravo) and his partner (kill castro) hosts PPR's website, does their PR, and were responsible for getting Gorki's video played in Miami and interviewed on CNN last year. This most recent "news" broke off their websites and they organized the protest "concert" on the Malecon tonight.
It's kind of a tangled mess and I haven't sorted it all out. But if you are interested in reading more, you might start here.
The site www.pornopararicardo.com says in Spanish, below, that it has not authorized any fundraising campaigns on Gorki's behalf.
IMPORTANTE: El sitio de pornopararicardo.com NO ha autorizado ninguna campaña de donaciones a nombre de Gorki. Si desean donar dinero lo deben hacer exclusivamente a traves de este sitio a menos que se especifique lo contrario.Porno para Ricardo does accept donations apparently and its web site this morning said it had raised $467.
In case you've never heard Porno para Ricardo's music, you can watch videos here.