Topping off a wonderful week, I’ve recieved threats of legal action from Brett Oggle, the promoter of the Blog Power software (his media release here), Brett claims that the software does not encourage content theft and that users are encouraged to use “authorized RSS feeds” when using the program to get content for their blogs. I’ve removed the post on the basis only that it would be unfair to the new owners to inherit legal threats of this nature.
I make no further comment on the matter but I’d encourage others in the blogosphere to share their opinions on a piece of software that (in his words) “quickly and easily lets anyone search and locate keyword-related RSS feeds and post them automatically to a blog.”
The correspondence as follows:
You will remove all mentions of my name, companies, websites, references, and negative comments from your website, specifically this page:
Within 14 days of today, or you will receive a $250,000 libel lawsuit by certified mail, delivered by an oficer of the court. My attorneys are drafting the necessary documents now.
and his subsequent response:
Take it down, or I’ll sue.
People are looking at our options company, and someone searched my name and
saw this defaming article, which reflects poorly on me.
If people misuse blo power, that’s out of our control. It can and should be
used with authorized RSS feeds or your own content.
And I’m not ‘stealing’ anything, so watch your accusations.
Your call, but you’ll have to defend the suit either way and my lawyers
don’t go easy.
I suggest you take care of this, or notify the responsible parties.
You be the judge!