Attention John Sinisgalli
Lawyer to Rehame
3.30pm, Tuesday, March 8, 2005
thank you for your latest legal threat this afternoon regarding material published on Crikey about your client, Rehame.
As requested, I have removed the story by “Trenna Transcript” from our website pending advice from you as to the aspects of the story which your client believes are either inaccurate or defamatory.
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Crikey has a clear and transparent corrections policy in which we remove or correct material which is inaccurate or unfair. We also encourage people that have been written about to have their say in a prominent right of reply.
At this stage we remain unclear about what is specifically wrong with the Trenna Transcript story and await your advice but will happily publish the Rehame side of the story if your client wishes to submit a letter for publication.
As to the identity of the author, Crikey has received numerous contributions from people working in the media monitoring industry but never discloses their identity, as we won’t be on this occasion.
Finally, on another matter. I have been meaning to contact you about Rehame’s practice of archiving Crikey material and selling it to clients without a licence. I have in my files an affidavit prepared by a Rehame employee for radio broadcaster Steve Price which clearly shows you were keeping an archive of Crikey.
Could you please advise for how long this practice has taken place? I would be interested in coming to a licencing agreement with Rehame in the future but am most concerned about this past practice.
Looking forward to hearing back from soon.
CRIKEY: We bare no ill-will to Peter Maher and the hard-working Rehame team and look forward to a happy resolution of this latest spat. Hopefully, we’ll be able to sort out a licencing deal and still be able to publish the Rehame top 40 too.