The Sad State of Legal Journalism

Attorney Justin Jacobson (who has absolutely nothing to do with my case) blogs about the glaring errors perpetuated by major news outlets regarding the Gravity Lawsuit. UK Guardian comes in for a particular whack on the head for journalistic malpractice:

“Which leads me to the third, and most distressing, factor: poor reporting. The headline on the Guardian article I linked to above reads, “Judge downs Gravity lawsuit from bestselling author Tess Gerritsen”. That’s just flat-out false. The article is rife with error. And this is a major news outlet, not some random guy with tumblr. Even a cursory conversation with an attorney could have minimized those errors (but perhaps also the number of clicks, natch).”

He gives me a slap on the hand as well, for prematurely declaring my lawsuit in critical condition when it’s really still alive and kicking. But hey, when all the news headlines are shouting that I’ve already lost my case, it’s hard not to feel pessimistic.

Perhaps reporters might consider doing more work than merely cutting and pasting corporate press releases and passing them off as journalism.

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  1. Lucian Ciuchita
    Lucian Ciuchita says:

    Dear Tess, I am with you. My trial is against Escape Plan producers and must be together against to this powerful enemy( Hollywood), who is trying to profit from our work, to steal our ideas and stories. I am a writer from Romania, which is recognized by a few symbols: Dracula, the former dictator Ceausescu, and a few stars of the sport: Nadia Comaneci and Ilie Nastase … For your readers I’am sending bellow first intention of summons which has been sent all over the world…
    Added on March 7, 2014 11:38 am

    Romanian screenwriter wants to sue producers of American film Escape Plan for intellectual theft

    by Irina Popescu

    Romanian screenwriter Lucian Ciuchita wants to go to court against the producers and writers of American film Escape Plan, starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, in case they will not respond to the notifications already sent to them.
    He accuses them of intellectual theft, saying they’ve “used as inspiration” and “copied” his script Prizonierii Apelor (Prisoners of the Water), reports local news agency Mediafax.
    He said he already notified the film’s producers and writers and he is convinced that he will find “a reasonable solution” for the copyright, adding that otherwise he would “carry a full battle” through both civil and criminal avenues.
    “The criminal proceedings will take place in both Romania and the US, for intellectual property theft. I am determined to make all judicial and public efforts to get the damage caused by the copyright. They have took the story of my script Prizonierii Apelor as being their own and annexed it, with some changes, to the initial script The Tomb, “ said Ciuchita, quoted by Mediafax.
    He also said that he wrote the script for Prizonierii Apelor two years ago.
    Escape Plan is a 2013 American film starring Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, 50 Cent, written by Miles Chapman and Jason Keller. The movie had an estimated budget of USD 50 million. Watch the trailer below.
    Irina Popescu,

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