Enough is enoughMonday, December 11, 2006 at 18:31 | Posted in Blogosphere, Freedom of speech, Germany, Legal, USA, WordPress | 5 Comments
I have written on several occasions (too many to put up all the links, just take a look at my posts under the Germany tag) about the absurd legal situation in Germany regarding freedom of speech, especially in context of blogging. Even German Cabinet Minister’s seem to be under the impression that suing a blogger is the cleaverest way of addressing issues raised in the blogosphere. All of that is crazy but what I am going to tell you here is the goofeyest I have ever heard.
Would you believe that a German business man Ramon Tissler is actually threatening to sue the ass off a US based blogger whose blog is hosted by WordPress.com? It is not a Maxwell Smart joke, just look at this comment added to this post. Mr Tissler writes:
Wenn Sie diesen Artikel nicht aus Ihrem Blog nehmen, werden wir rechtlich aufs härteste gegen Sie vorgehen!
The common courtesy rules when commenting somebody else’s blog posts would be to address the issue rather than threaten the blogger with the hardest possible legal action unless the post will be removed. If I were running a business and somebody posted critical opinions of it in their blog, I would definetly not start my interaction with them by posting intimidating suggestions to remove the post or face lawsuit.
I am going to return to the subject of making money by immediating students from Europe to US universities because I think it needs some scrutany. What I am wondering right here and now is what the hell a German based business man is thinking as he intimidates a US based albeit German blogger that way. While there may not be freedom of speech worth mentioning in Germany, imposing that concept wide beyond German jurisdiction is what Germans would call Unverschämt.
I call all of us half a million plus bloggers in WordPress.com to stand up and say: enough is enough! Fellow bloggers under German jurisdiction may want to address the issue with more cautious expressions.