Howard Elliott, managing editor of TheSpec.com, doesn't want their articles linked to

RateMDS posted a link to an article on TheSpec.com. To reiterate, we LINKED TO THE ARTICLE. This is what was published:

'"6/11/08 - Licence reinstated for MD who had sex with patients" - http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2110402-licence-reinstated-for-md-who-had-sex-with-patients/'

Curiously, RateMDs then received the following email concerning this link.

"From:

Date: December 17, 2013 at 5:30:33 PST
To:

Subject: (Ratemds Website Feedback) Dr. mark L. Waxman

Howard Elliott sent a message using the contact form at http://php.ratemds.com/social/?q=contact.

A user on your site has submitted a comment including a link to a copyrighted story from our web archive. We are requesting that you remove the link as per Canadian copyright law. The copyrighted content can be found at http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2110402-licence-re... and is embedded in the submitted comment under Waxman's listing. Please let me know when the content link has been removed.
Thanks.
Howard Elliott
Managing Editor"

I thought lawsuits to prevent people from linking to articles went away in the 1990s. And I particularly didn't expect it from an organization that purports to be engaging in journalism.

You can see the offending post here:

http://www.ratemds.com/doctor-ratings/3390881/Dr-Mark+L.-Waxman-Mississauga-ON.html

Streisand Effect...ENGAGED.

Streisand Effect...ENGAGED.

John, Wayne Crookes is the

John,

Wayne Crookes is the Canadian legal precedent which states that a link to defamatory content is not defamation itself. You can look at the precedent itself, but I think the judge went as far as to say that a link is not much more than a reference which directs one's browser.

Michael Geist is a Toronto lawyer who is heading freedom of expression on the Internet in Canada. Wayne sued the wrong guy. Laughing out loud

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/tags/crookes
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/1987/125/

Wayne has always been, well, colourful for as long as I've known and worked with him.

Just saw this, Mic; thank you

Just saw this, Mic; thank you very much for the information.

John

I just checked and

I just checked and TheSpec.com has removed the article we were linking to here:

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2110402-licence-reinstated-for-md-who-had-sex-with-patients/

Looks like Howard Elliott of TheSpec is in bed with Dr. Waxman. I just hope he isn't also a patient of this doctor.

RateMDsJohn wrote: I just

RateMDsJohn wrote:

I just checked and TheSpec.com has removed the article we were linking to here:

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/2110402-licence-reinstated-for-md-who-had-sex-with-patients/

Looks like Howard Elliott of TheSpec is in bed with Dr. Waxman. I just hope he isn't also a patient of this doctor.

This isn't the only doctor story published by TheSpec.com with which this has happened in recent months.

However, it really has little to do with Dr. Waxman or any other physician. News media organizations in Canada are coming under attack by politically right organizations, and it's being extended to the courts. Even our Prime Minister has become litigation happy.

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