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[4]: What is your reply Thom?
by joshv on Thu 2nd Sep 2010 12:47 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: What is your reply Thom?"
joshv
Member since:
2006-03-18

Thom most certainly made some unsubstantiated and defamatory accusations. Does that mean he's wrong? No, he could be right. But even if he is right it's unprofessional to publish such accusations unless you have proof. I have no idea if what Thom did was legally classifiable as libel or slander, but it's not professional journalism.

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Adam S Member since:
2005-04-01

I have no idea if what Thom did was legally classifiable as libel or slander, but it's not professional journalism.


You realize this is essentially a blog run by hobbiests, right? Not "professional journalists?"

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joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

I thought Thom had aspirations towards professional tech journalism. I now stand corrected.

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

I have no idea if what Thom did was legally classifiable as libel or slander, but it's not professional journalism.


Yes, because "professional" journalists never go hard on someone or something. Never-ever.

Guess you don't read the paper.

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joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

Well, you got me there Thom - there exists some low level of journalists who spout of unsupported defamatory statements in whatever rags they are published in, so sure, feel free to do the same.

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