Behringer sends cease and desist letter to Chinese music tech blog, Midifan
The budget hardware manufacturer sent a cease and desist letter to Midifan notifying the blog that Behringer would seek “criminal responsibility for defamation” if Midifan refused to “remove all the insulting infringement articles” within a seven-day grace period. The letter additionally outlines Behringer’s expectation that Midifan will “issue a clarification announcement…to eliminate all adverse effects caused by the negative reputation due to [Midifan’s] comments.”
Behringer is notable for a series of successive product releases comprised of imitation models of iconic music machines, including their most recent take on Roland’s classic TR-808, the Behringer RD-808.
Midifan’s titling of such Behringer items as “shameless” and “copycat” in headlines like “Behringer’s recent crazy copycat stems from a trap of imitation chip more than a decade ago,” and “Can’t stop copycat: Behringer will make the Eurorack module next?” offer a glimpse of the language that Behringer deemed “defamatory” in Midifan’s discussion of the brand.
Behringer’s cease and desist letter marks an “unprecedented” legal interaction between an audio equipment company and a “press outlet.”
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