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I am afraid that although the article did not name me I am easily identifiable by the content of the article. I fear it will affect my reputation and possible future earnings. What can I do about it.?
The content of the article was about a technique I use when turning (use of cabinet scraper). I've demonstrated this at many clubs over the last 10 years and know of no other professional turner who does. I was also made aware of the article by a fellow turner prior to my reading it. He identified me from the article. I asked another turner to read the article and he couldn't think of anyone else it could apply to.
Does the fact that 2 others to date have told me they believe it refers to me mean it can be considered to be libellous? Would it help if you saw the whole paragraph of the article as when read it to me it would appear to imply that it's more than an opinion the author is expressing.
Reading the article I would say I'm not too good at my job. RPT is Registered Professional Turner, an organisation supported by the Worshipful Company of Turners.
"A well know RPT tutor was giving a demonstration on bowl turning at our local woodturning club and one of his tips was to use a cabinet scraper to help in the finishing Process and proceeded to use the scraper while the lathe was doing about 1000 RPM. Rule No 1; never use a cabinet scraper while the lathe is turning. Then someone asked the tutor how did he sharpen the scraper and to my amazement he stated that it was easy, place the scraper on the horizontal platform of your grinder and move the scraper across the stone to produce a burr. It was at this stage in the demo that I cringed in my seat. Had I heard him correctly?, yes he really meant waht he said and it was this moment I decided to write this article in an attempt to enlighten those gullible enough to follow instructions expounded by a not too informed professional woodturner."
I would obviously dispute truth but what do you mean by "fair comment"?
At all demos I do I make a request right at the start for any questions or comments on anything I do. The author did not do this but choose to publish the article. The body that published it say I have to wait 3 months until the next publication for a right to reply. Would that be considered acceptable?
Would you consider the article fair comment?
What about having to wait 3 months to publish a reply to the article?
Do I have any right to expect a quicker right to reply from the publishers. I don't see by they can't send a letter out to all members before September.
The organisation is capable of contacting all members (recipients of the publication) at any time. If I choose to reply to the article do I have any legal right to expect it to be done asap?