Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 20:24 UTC
Legal Well, this was rather unexpected. As it turns out, Commodore USA's CEO Barry Altman isn't particularly pleased about the article I wrote earlier today in which I placed a considerable amount of scepticism with regards to Commodore USA and its business (and website). He (not his lawyer) sent us a threatening email demanding we take down the article, post a new correction article, the whole shebang. The entire email - as an image, you'll want the original formatting - after the break. Our reply? We refer you to the reply given in the case of Arkell v. Pressdram.
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by alexandru_lz on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 03:32 UTC
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Being rather antisocial I don't post comments here too often, though I read OSnews every day.

But this is one particular case when I am finding it unable to meaningfully convey into words the copious amount of laughter I've had. This shit is incredible. If Microsoft had send a letter to every magazine or tech site that has ever had something negative about their software (or hell, even only about their business practices, or double hell, even only about their trials), the mere cost of printer ink and paper, or the medical insurance costs for the typists who would have developed severe arthritis from typing that much, would have driven them to bankruptcy.

Initially, I disagreed with Thom's assessment that Commodore USA looks like a con (sketchy website... meh, better sketchy than HP's mess). Now I agree; at best, they're probably a bunch of trolling lawyers who heard that there's money to be made from the Amiga trademark.

Edit: BTW, one thing is to be said in their defense -- the CEO, Barry Altman, is not entirely stranger to the electronics industry, so there is at least one member of the staff who doesn't only deal with paper pushing. But if it's one thing Commodore was good at (and we all know it wasn't marketing), that was their attitude towards hobbyists. Perhaps they should borrow it along with whatever trademarks they have.

Edited 2010-09-02 03:36 UTC

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