For the last couple of months, I’ve been at the receiving end of several emails and phone calls that ask: did you really say that on your blog. How could you? My short terse response is: But it wasn’t me! Please read the post again and the name of the author carefully. Pat comes the reply: but isn’t this your blog?
Well, I own the domain and the website and will naturally take the fall for defamatory statements and the like. But please do not ascribe authorship to me, unless the post has been specifically authored by me. We’re really a bunch of people with very different ideologies and takes on life and more importantly, on IP. So you’ll see very different perspectives being reflected on the blog…and often times conflicting opinions from our bloggers on the very same issue. Perhaps the only common ground we share is our love for transparency and for a good debate on IP issues.
If at all anything, I cherish this wide diversity of views and think that it adds a lot of vibrancy to the discussion. We don’t have a culture of censoring posts by our bloggers, unless they specifically violate a law of some kind or are completely untethered from any rational nexus with know facts or the law/jurisprudence.
Very often, many of our posts on the blog have come at the cost of friendships and alliances, but that is a cost we pay in our bid to foster transparency and enhance the discussion around IP issues. As I mentioned to an erstwhile friend who reacted to a post that was critical of his organisation (again the post was authored by a co-blogger and not by me), if you threaten to sever our friendship in a bid to quell free speech and the right to a fair discussion, it wasn’t worth it in the first place. And we parted ways.
So please help us continue this culture of a free and fair discussion, without ascribing authorship in all cases to me or someone else on the blog. We have a space for comments and value informed comments and discussion. If you’ve got an issue with any of the posts, please feel free to take the author to task in the comments section (within the bounds of civility of course). However, if you think the statement made by the concerned blogger is defamatory or completely untenable (legally or otherwise) or otherwise flouts a law or regulation, please write to me.
We would also welcome as many of you to please help enrich the discussion by contributing guest posts. So long as you make reasonably sound arguments in reasonably sound English, we’re more than happy to carry it. So please shy away from shyness and chip in with your perspectives and views on IP issues.
Thank you for understanding and helping us maintain this valuable diversity on the blog.