Wie heisst es doch so schön: Ein Unglück kommt selten allein. In den USA gibt’s zwar keinen Abmahnwahn, dafür offenbar eine Kaffeehauskette, die sich mit allen Mitteln gegen negative Berichterstattung wehrt:
The blogosphere once seemed like a such promising forum for honest and open dialogue, exchange of information and ideas, and a place to bring troubling issues out into the open where they could be addressed in the light of day. Perhaps that’s a fantasy… Perhaps meaningful dialogue can be easily killed and unpleasant blog posts easily “disappeared.”
For instance, Robert Scoble, respected tech blogger and publisher of Scobleizer, posted an account of how his brother Ben had allegedly paid a company called Java Jo’z a deposit of $30,000 for a franchise and could not get it returned. Posts on three Scoble brother blogs set off a torrent of posts and debate, with other alleged victims coming forward with their stories. Several of these (alleged) victims alleged that the company merely changed its name from Java Jo’z to Cuppy’s Coffee & More, with the same employees, office, etc. at least in part to get out of obligations and debts incurred when called Java Jo’z. The company vehemently contended that it was an entirely new company, and threatened at least one blogger (me) with legal action if represented otherwise.
A lively debate ensued, taking place, in large part, on the franchise portal Blue MauMau and on a number of private blogs.
But then odd things started happening. Like a classic movie murder mystery, blog posts started getting killed off.
Die ganze Story klingt wirklich sehr interessant. Und wenn Robert Scoble involviert ist, hört man natürlich noch einmal genauer hin. Mal schauen, was diese Woche passiert.