William Heisel’s Antidote: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman
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On December 22, I was served with two “cease and desist” letters on behalf of the publishing arm of the American Psychiatric Association, publishers of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – the DSM.
Which disorders go into the next DSM and how those disorders are defined is a public interest issue. Public interest and public trust are best served by an open and transparent development process – not by issuing threats of legal action against those providing internet platforms on which patients and professionals rely for timely and accurate information around the DSM-5 development process and how they might participate in that process, as stakeholders.
The American Psychiatric Association’s publishing arm has the right to protect its intellectual property and pursue trademark infringements where a case for improper use can be made. But employing heavy-handed, punitive, partial and legally questionable tactics against “fair use” of the DSM 5 mark, forcing internet site owners to change web addresses, is putting commercial interests before public participation – a PR fail and a disturbing abuse of power.
William Heisel takes up the story:
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Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman
William Heisel | February 27, 2012
If you have a serious interest in a brand, product or company, you can, in a few minutes, set up your own website with a clever domain name that includes your target.
Jim Romenesko did this with Starbucks Gossip. A group of unions and activists did this with Making Change at Wal-Mart. And a team of obsessive Clark Kent loyalists did this with the Superman Super Site.
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