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Thursday, November 19, 2009

TweetPhoto Goes After Blogger For Posting Audio of Interview

Seas ar Shaoráil

TweetPhoto (now former) CEO Dan Caulfield did a 23 minute podcast interview with Frank Peters earlier this month. He apparently said too much in the interview, disclosing confidential information about partnerships. He was fired by the company for the transgression.

That’s enough drama to make me want to listen to the podcast. But it gets better. The company also had its lawyers fire off a letter from its law firm to Frank Peters, demanding that he remove the podcast.

Just to be clear, a company is threatening legal action against a blogger for posting an on the record sound recording of the company’s CEO.

“The interview posted on your website contains numerous factual inaccuracies and disparaging statements from Mr. Caulfield that TweetPhoto is concerned were made in an effort to harm the economic prospects of TweetPhoto and may constitute a violation of the laws prohibiting unfair competition, defamation, as well as tortious interference with contractual relations and prospective economic advantage,” the letter says.

Source: TechCrunch
Also: Copy of Legal Threats Against Blogger


The audio is still available. I have downloaded it and have posted it just in case the attorneys succeed in getting the blogger to take it down. This is a case where bloggers must take a line from Spartacus and stand up.

We must teach these tyrants that they will not be allowed to threaten bloggers and run roughshod over them. I don't care if the blogger in question is a Lefty or a Conservative, I believe that we should all stand with them.

The action of the company in this matter makes me NOT want to use their service. In fact, it has encouraged me to discourage others from using it.  I use TwitPic, and have an account at yFrog for backup purposes.

On second thought, I'll go ahead and post the audio for you so you can judge for yourself if you think TweetPhoto has acted inappropriately...

Download a copy for yourself.

**12.12pm** I've listened to the entire interview, and don't see what the fuss is about. I do know that by kicking up a fuss...TweetPhoto has GUARANTEED that many more will listen to the interview than would have in the first place. 

I know I never would have...


If anyone should be fired, it should be the people who started the witch hunt.