It is a saga that never seems to end, though this might possibly put a lid on the Microtech/KAI feud for a while. It has a habit of flaring up after periods of dormancy. You can find our complete coverage at the above hyperlink. For those who do not want to dive down that particular
rabbit rat-hole, and want to skip to the end of this chapter, Microtech defamation lawsuit against KAI has been dismissed. (the companion lawsuit against blogger Anthony Sculimbrene was settled out of court)
In her decision, Judge Barbara J. Rothstein writes that among the email communications “there is no indication that Welk knew, let alone encouraged, Sculimbrene to include [the ‘Natrix’ name, a genus of grass snake] or anything else in his upcoming Article.” Furthermore, she points out that under the law, reposting something another individual wrote is not the same as writing it. “Under the ‘Good Samaritan’ provision of the Communications Decency Act…a ‘provider or [a] user of an interactive computer service’ may not be treated as the ‘publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.’”
It isn’t uncommon for there to be an open channel of communication between a companies and bloggers. In the end it is not a company’s responsibility what I do with the information that they provide. I am the one who is responsible for what I write, as I was reminded when a piece I wrote on this subject needed considerable correction.
I am glad to be done with this for a while.