Commodore USA’s CEO Retracts Legal Threat, Apologises

A little over two months ago, OSNews had a bit of a run-in with Commodore USA’s CEO, about how I felt about the company and its rather dubious business practices. This led to a legal threat we laughed away here at OSNews, but laughable or not, a legal threat is a legal threat, and it never sat well with me that it was never retracted or apologised for. Well, that changed today.

I received this statement today from Barry Altman, Commodore USA’s CEO.

Like many forum members, tech writers, and people in general, who sometimes react to statements in an inappropriate manner, I would like to:

  1. retract the idiotic legal threat
  2. apologize for the legal threat
  3. ship something

Certainly a phone call would be considered appropriate before you print something, so you can have all the facts before determining your position.

The three points above came from me – before I would even be open towards changing my position on Commodore USA, the idiotic [my words] legal threat had to be retracted and an apology had to be made. The last point, about shipping something, refers to the fact that I believe Commodore USA should actually ship something as well.

My original opinion of Commodore USA, the opinion that started all this nonsense, still stands, and nothing has happened between then and now to soften that position (in fact, the threat only made it worse). We’ll have to see what the future brings, but in all honesty, I don’t have high hopes at this point.

Still, that silly threat has been retracted and apologised for, and that’s something I’m very happy with. No matter how silly it was, having a legal threat hover above your head simply isn’t something I particularly like.


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