[LINK] taking on the bank via a blog

Jan Whitaker jwhit at janwhitaker.com
Sun Apr 12 17:07:19 AEST 2009

[this one should be interesting from several angles: free speech, 
intellectual property, nuisance suits, and defending the indefensible]
The Narrative Fallacy sends along a piece from the Telegraph on 
efforts by Goldman Sachs to silence a blogger who is posting 
commentary critical of the bank. "Goldman Sachs has instructed Wall 
Street law firm Chadbourne & Parke to pursue blogger Mike Morgan, 
warning him in a recent cease-and-desist letter that he may face 
legal action if he does not close down his website 
goldmansachs666.com. According to the C&D letter, dated April 8, the 
bank is rattled because the site 'violates several of Goldman Sachs' 
intellectual property rights' and also 'implies a relationship' with 
the bank itself. Morgan claims he has followed all legal requirements 
to own and operate the website and that the header of the site 
clearly states that the content has not been approved by the bank. In 
a post entitled Goldman Sachs vs Mike Morgan, the blogger predicts 
that the fight will probably end up in court. He went through a 
similar battle with US home builder Lennar a few years ago after he 
set up a website to collect information on what he alleged was shoddy 
workmanship in its homes. 'Since I went through this with Lennar, 
I've had advice from some of the best intellectual property lawyers, 
and I know exactly what I can and can't do. We're not going to back 
down from this.'"

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
jwhit at janwhitaker.com
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Our truest response to the irrationality of the world is to paint or 
sing or write, for only in such response do we find truth.
~Madeline L'Engle, writer

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