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    RIM Slanderers Beware As Judge Rules Against Blogger Source Protection



    You can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? This month a Judge ruled against a blogger in a libel case of $2.5 million in a defamation case tried in a federal court in Oregon. Crystal Cox, who calls herself an investigative blogger who is also a journalist, wrote repetitively about the bankruptcy case of Summit Accommodations. Kevin Padrick, an Oregon attorney with Obsidian Finance Group, was appointed trustee in charge of paying Summit creditors. Cox accused Padrick of committing tax fraud, among other things. Padrick sued Cox and won a unanimous jury verdict. According to published reports, there wasn't any evidence that Padrick did anything wrong. Cox tried to use the Shield Law, which allows journalists to protect confidential sources, but the Judge ruled Cox was not a journalist and so is not entitled to the protections. This case is of most interest in both the blogosphere and in the media, as it outlines the continued growth of blogging, the gray area between journalists and bloggers and more libel cases born out of blog posts.

    So why am I writing about this defamation case today? And what does it have to do with BlackBerry? Well, first off, it's a most important story that affects the entire blogging community. Secondly, this ruling comes right before yet another recent unsourced rumor about BlackBerry maker, RIM (Research In Motion), started by tech-blog site, BGR (Boy Genius Report). Essentially, BGR has on numerous occasions posted articles such as, RIM discontinuing WiFi PlayBook (RIM response here), Open Letter From Disgruntled RIM Employee (RIM response here), more disgruntled RIM employee letters, and the most recent, BlackBerry 10 is a failure that won’t be able to compete, company source says (RIM response here). These are just the articles I know off the top of my head.

    Now let's be fair here, I'm not saying that what BGR posted is false, I'm also not saying it's true. The facts are, the sources are never revealed, so it's a case of he said / she said. What reason does the reader have to believe such information? Without revealing credible sources, these stories are nothing more than nasty slanderous rumors chalked up for media attention. So at what point does RIM stop giving them that attention? In responding to sites like BGR, RIM is essentially is giving them credibility. And if BGR has that much power as a blog to receive a response from RIM on every negative article, should they be required to back it up by revealing their sources? I believe the most recent court ruling against Crystal Cox says, yes. Does this ruling put RIM in a position to take BGR to court? I believe so.

    In closing, I must say I'm all for a juicy rumor, but if the rumor can cause damage to a company, it needs to be backed up with a verified source.




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    And that my friend is one of the things I dislike about BGR. NEVER do they mention a source, never.
    Here sources are mentioned or is credit given to a member for spotting a scoop. I like facts, give me facts not stories. Ill buy a book if I want stories.
    All I wonder is how this reflects on to other companies who do give BGR info and such? Why would you willingly be involved with a site who clearly makes stuff up? I believe bloggers / websites have to much power. You can ruin poeple / companies with BS. Having said that, I think legal actions would be an idea, but again this would be attention towards BGR. And I don't think they deserve any attention. But they do need to be hushed :P

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    It's one thing to make up something, but it's another to make up something that can be damaging.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Jerde View Post
    It's one thing to make up something, but it's another to make up something that can be damaging.

    For real....It's makes no sense whatsoever!

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    Geller the media whore all dressed up in his makeup slandering RIM... Banning the Blackberry After Hours - CNBC



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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Jerde View Post
    Geller the media whore all dressed up in his makeup slandering RIM... Banning the Blackberry After Hours - CNBC
    Unbelievable... anyone have magic? disappear Geller?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimreaper View Post
    Unbelievable... anyone have magic? disappear Geller?
    Would have to be a good magician for Geller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Jerde View Post
    Geller the media whore all dressed up in his makeup slandering RIM... Banning the Blackberry After Hours - CNBC

    I just threw up...
    That last part when the reporter sais "so you where right" and his "it's one of my favourite comapnies" made my breakfast rise...

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