Part Two: William Heisel: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Targets One DSM5 Critic, Ignores Others

Part Two: William Heisel: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Targets One DSM5 Critic, Ignores Others

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Update @ March 1, 2012

Additional commentary:

Neurobonkers, March 1, 2012

APA Shut Down DSM-5 Blogger

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Knight Science Journal Tracker, Paul Raeburn, March 1, 2012

Psychiatrists issue legal threat, silencing blogger critical of diagnostic manual.

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National Association of Science Writers

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On Monday, investigative health reporter, William Heisel, published Part One of his report on the two “cease and desist” letters served to me on December 22, on behalf of the publishing arm of the American Psychiatric Association.

You can view these letters and correspondence here:

    APA correspondence

 

Read Part One of William Heisel’s report here:

Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman

 

Today, William Heisel continues the story:

Reporting on Health

William Heisel’s Antidote Investigating Untold Health Stories

William Heisel | February 29, 2012

Slap: American Psychiatric Association Targets One DSM5 Critic, Ignores Others

From the way the American Psychiatric Association threatened UK writer Suzy Chapman, one would think APA is fighting legal battles everywhere to protect its trademarks.

But Chapman appears to be in an elite category. Antidote wrote Monday about how APA forced Chapman to change the name and URL of her DSM-5 and ICD-11 Watch site, saying it infringed on APA’s trademark for its main guidebook, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).

But similar sites and uses of APA trademarks abound. Why hasn’t the APA gone after them?

Read on

 

Related posts:

Earlier commentaries:

Media coverage: American Psychiatric Association (APA) “cease and desist” v DSM-5 Watch website; Legal information and resources for bloggers and site owners

Is DSM 5 A Public Trust Or An APA Cash Cow? Commercialism And Censorship Trump Concern For Quality by Allen Frances APA forces domain name change for DSM-5 and ICD-11 Watch site

Pity the poor American Psychiatric Association, Parts 1 and 2: Gary Greenberg

DSM 5 Censorship Fails: Support From Professionals and Patients Saves Free Speech by Allen Frances


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William Heisel’s Antidote: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman

William Heisel’s Antidote: Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman

Post #149 Shortlink: http://wp.me/pKrrB-1Yx

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.

    APA correspondence

William Heisel takes up the story:

Reporting on Health

William Heisel’s Antidote Investigating Untold Health Stories

Slap: American Psychiatric Association Pressures Brit DSM5 Blogger Suzy Chapman

http://www.bit.ly/ydSocK

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.

A few years ago, British writer Suzy Chapman started tracking the proposed changes by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to psychiatry’s guidebook: the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)…

Read on

Related posts:

Is DSM 5 A Public Trust Or An APA Cash Cow? Commercialism And Censorship Trump Concern For Quality by Allen Frances APA forces domain name change for DSM-5 and ICD-11 Watch site

Media coverage: American Psychiatric Association (APA) ”cease and desist” v DSM-5 Watch website; Legal information and resources for bloggers and site owners

Pity the poor American Psychiatric Association, Parts 1 and 2: Gary Greenberg

DSM 5 Censorship Fails: Support From Professionals and Patients Saves Free Speech by Allen Frances


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