recently pointed us to the fact that OSNews received a legal threat from Commodore USA
for publishing an article that was highly skeptical of Commodore's Amiga plans
. Slashdot focuses on the fact that the legal nastygram is obviously copied from ChillingEffects.org
, including odd formatting and references. While that part is amusing, I don't think it's that interesting. While there's been some discussion about copyright on legal documents
, in general, lawyers copy others' legal language
all the time, and it's (mostly) considered to be okay.
What's more interesting to me is the threat itself. It's yet another case of someone getting upset about someone's opinion, and thinking that threatening a defamation lawsuit is somehow a good idea, rather than one that simply draws a lot more attention to the content they don't like. Just because someone says something you don't like, it doesn't mean it's illegal.