Wiley & Sons sics lawyers on science blogger
On Tuesday, Shelley Batts of Retrospectacle took a closer look at a study of the effects of ethanol on free-radical-scavenging power of strawberries and blackberries.
The BBC had summarized the results as follows: Alcohol makes fruit healthier.
As Shelley explained, the findings didn't quite match the headlines. The study was about the relative power of ethanol to preserve fruit over 1-2 weeks, not specifically about the nutritional benefits of consuming berries with booze.
In her post, Shelley reproduced some of the figures from the journal article. Almost immediately, lawyers for publisher Wiley & Sons threatened her with legal action if she didn't take down the figures.
This bit of corporate bullying is causing quite a stir in among science bloggers.
Update: Wiley & Sons caves, apologizes for "misunderstanding," blames episode on underling!