I am a small business owner and my client list is comprised of religious organizations, non-profits and entrepreneurs with exceptional people. I’ve met dozens upon dozens of people just like you who once were fans of Linda Ellis. These women are leaders - doctors, attorneys, preacher’s wives, teachers, students, directors, volunteers, grieving moms, dads, children, aunts, uncles and nieces and even grandparents - all fans of Ellis who shared The Dash with credit and praise for the author. Instead expressing gratitude, Ellis accused these good people of copyright infringement. She demands as much as $100,000 in “damages”. Her typical demand is from $3500 to $7500 – a sum insurance companies are all too happy to pay off to avoid legal action. Attorneys can be stupid too, just sayin'.
Maybe you are one of those people who never shares content without asking for permission first. My guess is that if you have been using the Internet as often as the rest of us, you too have shared a verse or a poem and other forms of content on social media without getting permission. The fact that nearly all of that sharing is proper and legal, including sharing The Dash on a blog or website. But people don’t understand their rights. By inviting Ellis to speak you add to her credibility and you create more targets for her to extort money from.
I know this sounds incredible. Why would someone who calls herself a Christian and is selling self-help books attack her fans and intimidate people into paying her money? Why would she ask people to share her poem and accuse them of plagiarizing, copyright infringement, and stealing? Why would she use her friends to pretend to be attorneys and frighten people into paying her off? Why would she send letters to people in deep and painful grief and tell them that they have hurt her and owe her thousands of dollars for the “crime” – her words not mine.
Linda Ellis is a well-known copyright troll. A dozen websites have been created to end her scheme. She has been exposed and discredited by her peers and the court system, including the Georgia Supreme Court. Thousands of documents, videos, audio recordings and witnesses are evidence of her illegal actions and immoral conduct. This is all public information and easily accessible with the click of your mouse.
If Linda speaks to your crowd you are endorsing this scheme and party to victimizing others. If you do choose to expose her to your clients, at least one will post that stupid poem and John W. Jolin, Linda's henchman will demand that the victim "pay $7500 to settle the matter". That victim will contact me for help. If you choose to promote Linda Ellis you will financially and emotionally damage the very people you care about.
I will send you my book Poetic Justice. This book chronicles my experience with Ellis and traces the path of the scheme. I hope you will read it and then send your copy to the State Attorney General.
Help us prevent more victims.