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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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:

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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ryanpq Member since:

Really? Both excerpts they included in their reply expressed an opinion and made no attempt to present the opinion as an undisputed fact. The fact that this legal threat (one that I honestly believe no lawyer in their right mind would think had any basis in law) came directly from the CEO so badly formatted certainly appears to indicate that at the least they are poorly organized or have a CEO with some very poor judgment or at at worst that they may be just the sort of folks Thom alludes that they are in his article in the first place. But, like Thom's comments those are just my opinions. If they are not a scam or vapor, the only way to prove it is by shipping real products to real customers. So in the end either Thom is right and yet another company will fade away without ever shipping anything but hype or they will ship real products to real customers and both Thom and now myself after this comment will have egg on our faces.

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TheGZeus Member since:

Well, you must be reading some very, very strange, banal publications if they never express any opinion in any article.


Maybe you just read the stuff that's re-prints of press releases (*coughCNetcough*) or watching NBC morning drek, but any real journalist trusts their gut, pursues information as much as possible, then if they can't get 100% of the facts (who can?) states an opinion as close to the facts as they can gather.

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