08 Nov '11, 10pm

Guardian Apologizes For Threatening Blogger For "Commercial Disparagement"

Guardian Apologizes For Threatening Blogger For "Commercial Disparagement"

Yesterday I reported on the rather heavy-handed actions by Guardian Building Products to shut down a blogger who showed a lousy installation of their product . You could understand them being not very happy about seeing their name all over a lousy installation, and they might have politely asked for the images to be removed. Instead they threatened to sue for "libel, slander, and commercial disparagement." Guardian is a very big company with glass manufacturing plants all over the world, and probably didn't really think twice about this. They should have; it is a teaching moment for all of us, about the power of this medium, and the ability of hundreds of bloggers and tweeters to effect change. The story was picked up by Martin Holladay of Green Building Advisor , who emailed me about it, and within a few hours, just about every green building blog in North America was wri...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/green-architecture/guardian-apo...

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