Is it just the way I write?
Am I a grumpy old so-and-so?
I believe I write objectively about my experiences, both good and bad, and I believe I should be free to express my opinion. If I’ve had bad experience with a company, then I say so.
Anyway, for the second time in 2 years, I’ve been threatened with legal action.
Some guy calls me, saying he’s looking at my blog…
Guy: “i’m reading your post about Bxxxxxxx”
Guy: “guess where I’m from”
Me: “don’t know”
He then tells me he wants the post pulled immediately, or he will be talking to his legal representative.
I say I’ll look into it.
Anyway, I remove the references to Bxxxxxxx from the post (he didn’t say which post, so I made an educated guess).
The next day, I thought I’d better make sure the call wasn’t a crank call, and that it actually came from Bxxxxxxx.
So I email Bxxxxxxx, saying that the blog changes were only temporary until I get confirmation about who, what, etc.
Well, the reply was a legal ultimatum, saying things like: “posts regarding Bxxxxxxx in the blog section of your website amount to defamation” and “We are therefore giving you 24 hours to remove all posts relating to Bxxxxxxx”.
Um, the words don’t seem to make much sense to me… if I had a post that said nice things about Bxxxxxxx… then would that also be regarded as defamation? According to the wording of the email: yes!
And do the posts have to be removed? I don’t think so; so I decided to censor the relevant parts instead.
It seems like the email wording was composed by a lawyer who doesn’t know much about the internet… I was almost tempted to let the legal action proceed… just to see if the lawyer(s) behind this would shoot themselves in the foot. Unfortunately, I could not see my case as being as winnable as the 2clix/whirlpool case.
Well, as some of you already know, I believe that all litigious companies deserve the same fate: Bankruptcy. I think the time spent in obtaining legal advice would be much better spent improving the quality of a companies services and products. The word “microsoft” springs to mind with situations like this…