My Project: 365 Creative Writing Prompts
Day 41: Threatened with legal action over negative review - Contena
Yesterday, at 9:48 p.m. I received an email from Kevin Fleming, founder of Contena.co, threatening me with legal action regarding a blog post I wrote on March 6, 2017.
His email read as follows:
We have discovered an article that was written by you which contains false, defamatory statements made against Heroic, LLC d/b/a Contena.co
The article is located at the following url:
You are hereby directed to CEASE AND DESIST ALL DEFAMATION OF CONTENA’S CHARACTER AND REPUTATION.
If this content is not removed within (5) business days, we will will pursue all available legal remedies, including seeking monetary damages, injunctive relief, and an order that you pay court costs and attorney’s fees.
Please reply in writing as soon as the defamatory content is removed to avoid further action.
Personally, I don’t know what Kevin gets so upset about because everything I wrote in my blog post was true.
Contena does charge a fee for writers to become members of the site. This fee can be paid in one lump sum, or prospective writers can make six payments of $99.
As a freelance writer, I belong to several writing sites and not one of them has ever charged me a fee.
Registration usually involved listing personal details or personal details and a test article. Never did any of the sites ask for money.
See what other writers have to say about Contena.
Needless to say, when threatened with legal I took the blog post down. So much for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. It would seem that one can only speak freely when positive things are being said.