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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RE: sad but legitimate
by Morgan on Wed 1st Sep 2010 22:42 UTC in reply to "sad but legitimate"
Morgan
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2005-06-29

Here's the problem with your argument: Thom never said "it's a sketchy website and I can prove it!"

He stated his opinion, and in editorials (which most of his articles are) you can say how you perceive something all day long without it being libelous. Pick up any newspaper and turn to the editorials page; you'll find some of the most respected journalists in the field saying exactly what they think and feel about something, and the worst that happens to them is a letter from a reader making a counterpoint.

If that weren't the case, there would be no such thing as editorials because all the newspapers and journalists (and bloggers) would have been sued out of business long ago.

The USA (where OSNews is based) happens to be a country where such rights are protected. Therefore, Altman's demand holds no water, especially given that he doesn't even know what state to quote law from.

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