[voice type="Jerry Seinfeld"] Release the hounds!
yanno, the physical store that they have is in austin... i could go kick some butt and take some names. i'm not making a living off of my work but I still think that stealing another's intellectual property is shitty. I mean, the least they could do is come up with their own design...
I'm sure complaints from customers would find more receptive ears than my meager attempts to communicate.
Huh. What an asshole. Can we have him tortured?
That depends. Does the land he's living on contain oil?
Last resort; let lose your fans on his website, Im sure they would tear'em appart.
Copyright infringment is never cool.
googled looking for the dirtbag...is it the ebay guy?
This guy deserves to have his ass handed to him, so he can wear it as a hat and live up to my opinion of him. Barring that, someone should smear honey in his jockies and then dump in a cup of fire ants.
...Hm? Me? Mean mood today? What makes you ask that?
I say post about it on site, in a newspost or whateverthefuck. Utilizing the magical power of Google and attacking anything even remotely threatening, your rabid fans (myself included) shall violently eviscerate the opposition.
And, going on the assumption that it is that dick on eBay - presumably, if eBay recieves enough complaints, in great numbers and with great swiftness, about the seller with evidence that he is, indeed, an unoriginal cockbite, something may be done about it. Though eBay has a history of attracting pricks with access to printing services and no morals whatsoever in regards to intellectual property or the work put into art and design.
Anyone who thinks finding something on Google image search makes it free needs to be shanked.
The road to hell is paved by dumbasses who don't understand copyright law.
I bought that shirt for my g/f (from you of course)
death to anyone who steals from goats.com
You do realize we are your army, waiting for your word to attack this thieving bastard, don't you?
I do realize that, but we must wait until we see the whites of their eyes, so to speak.
It's best to do these things in proper order for maximum enjoyment.
I sent him a question on the ebay page... it said "why are you stealing from goats.com? I hate you, you're a douche..."
I bet it will make him cry.
I mean, I stole some of your artwork for user icons, but I credit you on my icon info page... and I've told like 500 people about goats since I started reading... oh, and I don't make money off it. That, at least to me, is the lamest part of the whole thing.
I like it when people use the art for stuff like LJ icons, it's for personal use and like you said, you're not selling it to other folks and passing it off as your own. There's a huge fundamental difference.
I hate pirate merch. I shut down an operation out of Seattle that was not only printing Fetus-X t-shirts, but using a picture of Fetus-X for their corporate logo. One of my readers at the art institute thre saw somebody wearing one of the shirts ...
... the really stupid thing about your situation is that they could have easily put just the slightest twist on it to make it not a total rip-off. Republicans for Sauron. Republicans for Green Goblin. Republicans for Satan. Republicans for Leatherface. Environmentalists for Hitler. Whatever.
interestingly enough, someone else has done that with the whole "voldemort votes republican" merch available of cafe press. however, that at least has original graphics.
is this something you could take to the BBB? Or is the issue of the use of the name Voldemort something that would potentially backfire and affect you as well?
btw.. the ebay dude responded with the following:
Nah, it's a complete and utter rip off of a bumper sticker I saw a few months back...I had never been to goats.com until I got an email from him the other day, asking me to license the design from him. I was intrigued, because I wasn't aware that he owned the copyright to the character Voldemort, and thought he had quite a large lawsuit on his hands against that JK Rowling person if he wanted to pursue it. He informed me that he did not in fact own the right to that character, at which point I asked him to bugger off.
Life is funny sometimes...
If anyone is interested in representing me, I swear I was the 1st guy to come up with the 'I'm with stupid' shirt design, and everyone owes me a whole lot of money.
dunno if that's something you can use in your efforts to get him stopped, but just drop me a line if necessary. I think the guy is a bit of an asshat because the bumper stickers have the website on them as well. (I saw one on a car a couple of weeks ago. It made me smile)
2006-05-20 01:48 am (UTC)
I was wondering if you were aware of the site- www.goats.com , which carries a line of Harry Potter "Republicans for Voldemort" T-shirts and bumper stickers. I ask this, because he has contacted sites also carrying "Republicans for Voldemort" product (all boot leg, I'm sure) demanding a licensing fee.
Now, I do understand you guys turning a blind eye to someone making a parody-type t-shirt based on one of your properties, but for someone to demand a licensing fee for something that doesn't belong to them, and in fact is based on one of your properties in the first place, seems a little over the top.
I thought I should draw this to your attention.
2006-05-20 02:15 am (UTC)
Re: copyright infringement?
Parody is not Infringement.
and it's been made clear the license was for the graphic design, not the character name.
you cowardly nameless asshat.
Your use of this is fair. His use isn't fair. Let us know if we can write anywhere to help against him.
Some people will use any quirk in the legal terms and definition to compensate for their own lack of creative imagination.