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December 18th 2013 4:37 pm

Engadget's editorial responsibility

In my humble opinion there has to be an easier way of contacting the author of any article posted on Engadget.

The latest example is this article;
www.engadget.com­/2013­/12­/18­/sweden­-pirate­-fine/

The comment section is going wild with throwing abuse at anything Swedish. And for what? The article made the Swedish justice system look a bit of a joke. Claiming a $650,000 fine for some petty offence.

I'm Swedish. It kind of hurts to look at.

More so because the author of the article is dead wrong. There was in fact no fine issued in said adjudgment.

The actual punishment delivered was a suspended jail sentence and 160 hours of community service.

The $650,000 was not a fine. It was damages. The court decided it was within reasonable doubt that the uploading of a film before it's release had caused such damages. So he was ordered to repair the damages he'd done. The court actually did not give all the damages that had been claimed either, which was about $1 million.

This is why I ask for easy ways of contacting the author directly, without having to resort to my own email account. To avoid language mixups or whatevertheheck happened in this case.

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dave

Email address and other sorts of contact information for Engadget editors can be found on the Engadget about page, located here: www.engadget.com­/about­/editors/

Regarding the article in question, I think you're being a bit too sensitive. It doesn't sound like this guy was fined for a petty offense -- he uploaded and shared over 500 other copyrighted works as well.

Regarding the fine -- that came directly from the BBC piece, which the Engadget post references. Don't worry, there isn't some grand conspiracy to make Sweden look bad.
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Aelg

I know how to contact him. That was not the point. The point was an easy way of contacting him, a direct one or two way communication that is instantly recognizable for what it is - a way of correcting errors.

As you say the information was most likely drawn from another source. That is fine. That is how journalism is largely done today. The problem is when there is an error in the initial report.

And in this case there was a large one, though I do not think you spotted it yet, by your comment.

Let me make an analogy.

A guy is speeding down some street. The police spots him and goes after him, lights flashing. The guy pulls over. As it turns out the car was a rental. And by his reckless driving it's completely wrecked too - the rubber is all gone and the engine is bust. So he's fined $100 for speeding and ordered to pay $25 000 in damages for the car.

The next day's headlines on Fox News: Swedish man fined in excess of $25 000 for speeding!

Now do you see the problem?

Returning to the article I linked to. In his haste to carry out the usual copy/paste/sensationalistic journalism, the author completely overlooked the actual story, in the story. The big deal was not "guy fined a lot of money" - because we have now concluded that is just not true. It should be the way the large damages were calculated. That is another story entirely and let me tell you - the Swedish way of doing that is ludicrous.
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lovebaby

Hello my dear ,
Thanks so much for your reply . Please i will like you to contact me in my email address [sofiarichardv1@hotmail.com]
or you can send me your own email address . I hardly have access to my
. It is easier for me to access my yahoo mail than my .I look forward to hear from you soonest . Have a nice day .
Yours lovely Sofia Richard
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Met

Easier and more direct way to contact the author? Just after the title, it says "By [author name]" with a link to his profile. On his profile, he has his email address and his Twitter handle listed. Isn't that easy and personal enough for you?
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lovebaby

Hello my dear ,
Thanks so much for your reply . Please i will like you to contact me in my email address [sofiarichardv1@hotmail.com]
or you can send me your own email address . I hardly have access to my
. It is easier for me to access my yahoo mail than my .I look forward to hear from you soonest . Have a nice day .
Yours lovely Sofia Richard
[sofiarichardv1@hotmail.com]
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lovebaby

Hello my dear ,
Thanks so much for your reply . Please i will like you to contact me in my email address [sofiarichardv1@hotmail.com]
or you can send me your own email address . I hardly have access to my
. It is easier for me to access my yahoo mail than my .I look forward to hear from you soonest . Have a nice day .
Yours lovely Sofia Richard
[sofiarichardv1@hotmail.com]
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