For blogger: A threat, then an apology

The Society of Chemical Industry apologizes to PhD student after threatening her with legal action for posting figures from a journal on her blog

Andrea Gawrylewski
May 1, 2007
The Society of Chemical Industry, owners of the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture, recently apologized to blogger and PhD student Shelley Batts after threatening her with legal action for posting figures from one of the journal's papers on her blog.On April 19, the Journal of Science of Food and Agriculture published a report on the amplified antioxidant effects in alcoholic fruit beverages like strawberry daiquiris. Batts, a neuroscience PhD candidate at the University of Michigan and author of the blog Retrospectacle, published an examination of the paper on April 24, including one graph and one chart from the paper.The same day, an administrative assistant at the Society of Chemical Industry sent Batts an Email stating that her blog contained copyrighted material. "If these figures are not removed immediately, lawyers from John Wiley & Sons will contact you with further action," stated the Email. The Society...