I guess it is an official foursome. Robert Krausankas of Copyright-Trolls.com has once again released his latest post about the Dash Poet, Linda Ellis, entitled, “Poet” Linda Ellis has an Obsession Issue”. Robert’s post includes ALL of the Dash Poet’s “cyber-strafing” screenshots that I commented on. It appears clear that Robert has chosen to publicly stand alongside me, April Brown, and Greg Troy in speaking out and fighting back the Dash Poet smear propaganda that was first directed at April in an effort to dissuade her from releasing her book, “Poetic Justice”, and myself for my outspoken support of April. (read more)
It has been totally unexpected that the Dash Poet, Linda Ellis, has begun her one-woman campaign against April Brown as “warnings” to be cautious in what she writes about Ms. Ellis in the book “Poetic Justice”. It goes without saying that stating opinions, no matter how disagreeable or politically incorrect it might be, is perfectly legal. It is also perfectly appropriate for an author like April to convey stories told to her by other victims of the The Dash Poem Extortion Scheme. more
It seems I just can’t stay away from April Brown, author of “Poetic Justice”. There seems to be something new happening almost every day for the past week that requires me to discuss or write about April. Before too long, people are going to think I have an “obsession” for April. For now, the current accusation by the Dash Poet is that April is “obsessed” with her because April decided to write a book about her. My thinking is that when your email inbox and phone rings nearly every week for the last two years from strangers wanting to complain about the Dash Poet, her henchman John W. Jolin, or one of her nasty $7,500 extortion letters, it doesn’t make it easy to ignore. There is just something a tad bit annoying about listening to unhappy stories from people being scared into paying thousands of dollars just because you liked a poem enough to post on a website. (read more)
Greg Troy, Founder of CABALAW offers insights into Linda Ellis's latest rampage.
"As I said, this started a couple weeks ago with April’s announcement. Ellis created two smear websites about April, JustFreeSpeech Smear Site by Linda Ellis the first called JustFreeSpeech which she kept up a few days before taking it down. The second site was LindaLogic which she refers to as a “Random Brain Dump” site. One of the links was entitled Obsession, the underlying page is still there but she removed the title and link from the home page. At the same time she took down JustFreeSpeech, Ellis also took out a Google Adword campaign for at least the fourth time so when anyone searching for April Brown’s Charity Auction World or April Brown Auctioneer, the first link would be a Google ad sponsored by Ellis. The user would click on it thinking they were going to April’s website and would then be taken to the JustFreeSpeech smear page. She also started making several posts on April’s “Get Poetic Justice” Facebook page that included leaving the links to her smear pages. I have documented this attack on April already so there is no need to cover it again here."
If Linda Ellis is so afraid of Matthew Chan, Why Does She Keep Taunting Him - Guest blogger Greg Troy
In my last article, I told you about how Marietta Georgia author, poet and copyright troll Linda Ellis had launched a smear campaign against April Brown in an attempt to intimidate her into not publishing her upcoming book, “Poetic Justice”. Since then, Brown has received wide-ranging support from the community with contributing articles from myself, Matthew Chan of Extortion Letter Info (ELI) and Defiantly.net and others. When all of this started three years ago, April Brown was the only one out there spreading the word to current and potential victims until she reached out to Chan and ELI. ELI offers information and support for victims of settlement demand letters; April started sharing information about Ellis, her poem and extortion settlement demand letter program and things really started taking off. Ellis had as much, if not more, information about her heavy-handed copyright operation showing up in Google search results as she did her own information. Before April Brown started leading the charge to gather information and post it on ELI, I don’t think Ms. Ellis had ever really faced any real opposition from her victims. More and more victims started coming forward telling their stories and sharing their experiences of dealing with Ellis. (read more)
As many of you know my good friend and colleague in the fight to end copyright extortion, April Brown has come under attack in recent days from Marietta Georgia Speaker, author, poet and my opinion copyright extortionist Linda Ellis. Ms. Ellis is trying to intimidate Ms. Brown into not releasing her new book called Poetic Justice. Ms. Ellis is most known for her poem entitled The Dash which is about a man looking at a tombstone’s birth date and death date and realizing that the dash in between represents a person’s life. The poem goes on to suggest what is important in life and the way one should live your dash. (read more)
My story won’t be as horrific as some. I didn’t use the poem on a loved one’s funeral circular so it wasn’t adding additional pain to an already painful and grievous situation. However, it was still one of the most frightening days of my life.
It was in July of 2012 that I received an email telling me that I had committed “copyright infringement of the poem, ‘the Dash.’” I had posted it on a website I created with things that I thought were inspirational and motivational. It had been sent to me in an email with “author unknown” so that was how I posted it to my site (in 2001).
The sad part is that I hadn’t even been to that website since around 2004 because I was working from home. I didn’t have time to go on the internet (anyone that is self-employed knows you work your tail off to pay Uncle Sam). So I had completely abandoned the website but left it there for those who were benefitting from the inspiration materials posted there.
The letter went on to talk about (in big bold letters) the damages to Ms. Ellis and her company and that she would have to pay intellectual property attorneys to defend the copyright because of those who were exposed to it through my unauthorized use and that removal of the poem would not be enough because there were now damages to consider.
It then turns to the main motivation… money. It says that she could be awarded anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000 but that she would graciously settle for $7,500.
I called my husband in a complete panic crying like a baby. Being diabetic with health issues, he was not happy that someone had sent me something so frightening that was completely harmless. He said that this person had no legal standing to just remove the poem from the website and let it go. It was clearly an innocent mistake and one for which no judge would award thousands of dollars in damages. He wanted me to just ignore it and move on but how could I? What if they were right? What if I was liable for thousands of dollars? So, I began a web search and, wow, what I found made me sick.
It turns out that I am not the only one that has gotten this letter. In 2012 there were multiple reports of people not only getting these horrifying letters but settling for astronomical amounts out of fear of being sued for even more astronomical amounts.
That was how I was led to April Brown, and thank God for her! She had experience with this woman and her “copyright-trolls” that basically spend all of their time searching the internet for people who have innocently shared what they thought was a beautiful and inspirational poem.
It’s absolutely sad to think about the women who didn’t have a wise and supportive husband to tell them not to stress out about something that is absolutely harmless.
Perhaps they were people that didn’t have a lot of experience researching and so weren’t able to find April Brown. Perhaps they didn’t understand that the letter isn’t even from an attorney and just a scare tactic (albeit a successful one in many cases).
April Brown’s advice was to take the poem down and ignore any further emails or letters. I took the poem down and received another email thanking me for taking the poem down and demanding that I contact them to discuss settlement. I ignored that email and was not contacted again.
Apparently, they only go after those that they can convince to settle. It’s not about her feelings of being “infringed upon” but another way for her to make money on something she wrote. I guess selling the poem and speaking around the country doesn’t make her enough money so she has to go after those who innocently share her work unaware of their potential copyright infringement.
The saddest part, in my opinion, is that the people I found that settled with her were either grieving families that erroneously used the poem on a funeral circular, nuns or Christians that actually found the poem inspirational and wanted to share it with others that it may bless. People that actually enjoyed her work are the ones she wants to pay.
In preparing the writing of my story I researched this situation again, as it has been over 2 years since my experience, and I’m sickened by the number of people that have given in to her extortion. Truly in most cases it would probably be judged “fair use” and no award would be given, which is why she probably doesn’t actually sue. In all my research I have yet to see anyone that she has attempted to sue for posting this poem to a website or any other venue (this is in no way a recommendation that you do so just to see if she will sue).
In all honesty, my greatest prayer for Linda Ellis is that no one will ever share her poem again. I pray that I will never see it on another website (except hers), that I will never see it on a funeral circular and that I will never see it on Facebook, MySpace or any other social media site. My greatest prayer is that no one will ever innocently share her poem again.
This is not how I wanted to introduce or discuss my friend and loyal supporter, April Brown’s upcoming book “Poetic Justice”. However, an unexpected turn of events began January 7, 2015 when I was notified that my alleged “stalkee”, Linda Ellis of Dash Poem fame, had become an “online stalker of sorts” of April Brown. Unlike my case, where all of my flamboyant, controversial (and occasionally outrageous) commentary about the Dash Poet, Linda Ellis, was posted entirely on my own website, ExtortionLetterInfo.com (ELI) for MY audience and readership which led Ms. Ellis’ to pursue a “stalking protective order” against me. Today, we now find that that the alleged “stalkee” has become April Brown’s “stalker”. (read more from Matthew Chan)