Jenzabar Says That Google Blog Post Is 'Hearsay', Not Official Google Statement
from the good-luck-with-that dept
Last month, we wrote about the highly troubling efforts by the head of software firm Jenzabar to abuse trademark law to stifle criticism of that company’s founder and CEO (who, earlier in her life, was famous for “leading” part of the student uprising in Tiananmen Square). She was upset at the makers of a documentary film that was somewhat critical of her, and she tried to use trademark law against them, after an attempt at defamation failed. There is simply no trademark violation at all in this situation… but it is a company with lots of cash suing some independent documentary film makers, so it has all the appearances of filing a lawsuit just to cause trouble for the filmmakers.
Our posts were based on some blog posts by Public Citizen, criticizing Jenzabar and its founder/CEO Ling Chai. Rather than recognizing that it’s going too far, Jenzabar apparently decided to go on the attack. Public Citizen’s Paul Alan Levy alerts us to the news that Chai and Jenzabar are now claiming that Public Citizen’s blogging about the case is illegal.
Specifically, the complaint from Jenzabar is that Levy pointing out that Google has stated that it does not use metatags in its search algorithms is not admissible and will “cause prejudice,” because it is not an official statement from Google. That, of course, is silly. Google has made it clear for a while that it doesn’t use metatags, but this particular announcement came from Google’s Matt Cutts (disclaimer: an acquaintance/friend of mine) and was on Google’s official blog, and Matt regularly speaks for Google on these sorts of issues. Yet, Jenzabar claims that it’s “hearsay.” That seems like a pretty difficult position to take. Jenzabar really wants to keep insisting that Google uses metatags, even as Google is making clear it does not? And it wants to force the court to censor blog posts to keep living in that fantasy world? Good luck with that…