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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OCGA? Really?
by Morgan on Wed 1st Sep 2010 22:36 UTC
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

The first thing I noticed about the letter was the code section quoted: O.C.G.A., as in the Official Code of Georgia, Annotated. I noticed this because my full time job is in law enforcement in the state of Georgia, and I deal with various parts of the O.C.G.A. every week. I found this interesting because I had no idea Commodore USA was based in my state.

Well as it turns out, they aren't. They are based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida according to what I've found on their website and via Google.

So my question is, how is it possible for a company based in Florida to try to use a Georgia law against a website based in neither state?

I smell shenanigans.

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RE: OCGA? Really?
by eliyahu on Wed 1st Sep 2010 22:57 in reply to "OCGA? Really?"
eliyahu Member since:
2010-04-30

So my question is, how is it possible for a company based in Florida to try to use a Georgia law against a website based in neither state?

I smell shenanigans.

it isn't possible. the company headquarters, a.k.a, home of the 'CEO,' is in south florida. thom is overseas. osnews.com is listed as having a nevada address. and as far as i know, the site host isn't in georgia either.

i think 'barry the CEO' copied something he found on google without understanding it. it would certainly fit with his behavior to date. ;)

EDIT: actually, i know he did because i just found the text he lifted almost verbatim: http://www.chillingeffects.org/protest/notice.cgi?NoticeID=780

i'm sorry, barry. you're a complete joke.

-- eliyahu

Edited 2010-09-01 23:00 UTC

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RE[2]: OCGA? Really?
by Almafeta on Wed 1st Sep 2010 23:03 in reply to "RE: OCGA? Really?"
Almafeta Member since:
2007-02-22

it isn't possible. the company headquarters, a.k.a, home of the 'CEO,' is in south florida. thom is overseas. osnews.com is listed as having a nevada address. and as far as i know, the site host isn't in georgia either. i think 'barry the CEO' copied something he found on google without understanding it. it would certainly fit with his behavior to date. ;) EDIT: actually, i know he did because i just found the text he lifted almost verbatim: http://www.chillingeffects.org/protest/notice.cgi?NoticeID=780 i'm sorry, barry. you're a complete joke. -- eliyahu


So Barry Altman and "Commodore USA" is just a very dedicated troll?

Edited 2010-09-01 23:04 UTC

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RE[2]: OCGA? Really?
by viton on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 01:03 in reply to "RE: OCGA? Really?"
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2005-08-09

Recipient Information:
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Atlanta, GA, 30303, Fulton

Heh... That explains the origin of "OCGA" =)

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RE[2]: OCGA? Really?
by gus3 on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 01:46 in reply to "RE: OCGA? Really?"
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2010-09-02

Not only the "OCGA" bit, but even the line breaks and the highlighted text got copied verbatim. Good find, eliyahu.

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