Another blogger has gotten a letter from a legal department.
Micheal Bates of Batesline blogs about various things including local politics in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has received national attention because of legal letter he received yesterday from the local newspaper, Tulsa World.
Wizbang, CNN and others have picked this up.
Bates uses adolescent language in his criticism of the paper, calling it Whirled, the local social networking Cockroach Caucus, and other supposedly cute substitions. He has been blogging since 2003.
The legal letter is from the VP at the paper, and others have also received it.
It is not illegal to link, excerpting material with intent to criticise is covered under fair use law.
No one can be sued for adolescent language about issues, especially if/when the criticism is researched and true – it looks like the paper has completely over-reached by threatening a blog, a radio station and a city councillor.