As I have said many times, we send out preprints of our reviews as a courtesy to manufacturers, who are strictly warned against publicizing any part of the review ahead of publication. They are also not allowed to quote from a review of their product in the same issue as the review appears. We also state that if they wish to quote from a Stereophile review, they request permission so that we can ensure both that the text has not been edited and that the quote is properly attributed.
On p.159 of the December issue, Tara Labs quotes at length from Michael Fremer's review of their Zero cables in that same issue. They also did so without requesting permission.
I am embarrassed by this breach of our policies. The editorial department does not see the artwork for advertising ahead of publication, so we rely on a manufacturer's integrity for them not to behave dishonorably. Obviously, Tara Labs did not feel bound by our conditions, so I would like to take this opportunity to formally apologize to the magazine's readers for the transgression.
I don't not wish to stop sending manufacturers preprints of our reviews ahead of publication, but something like this makes me think of doing so. Alternatively, some sort of sanction might be appropriate. Suggestions are welcome.