02 Jul 07 7:13 pm
Ok, I am in a bit of a pickle, but I refuse to back down. As many of you guys know, I am a cancer survivor. 3 years now. I am doing ok, but my original drive and motivation has diminished as my focus is more on volunteer efforts. (Its a coming though!)
I am the online and logistics chair for my community's Relay For Life Event. Like many other webmasters, I have set up a website that is URL friendly. ( broken link ) -- All of the trademark links and copyright material were supplied by cancer.org
The Denver office of the ACS calls me Friday with "You MUST TAKE DOWN YOUR SIGHT IMMEDIATELY for trademark and copyright infringement".
Now, if you piss off a webmaster who is doing this to raise money to fight cancer... and I have no intention of making any profits from this, and am following to the LETTER, the agreement I had to sign to use those Trademarks and the links. (Heck, they supply me with the codes!) One rule that I just recently fixed, was to not link any sponsors, like Starbucks. I can use their logo, but not link it up.
I asked for specific violations to the agreement, and she was unaware of the agreement, and I had to fax it to her. She said it would take over an hour to explain all the violations and she threatened to "take it to the next level" ... What on earth could that "level" be? Anyway, after July 13th, its a mute point, so I am thinking... let her take it to the next level! What do you think?
My blog responses are telling me to hold my course. I could see if I was working for them, and was profiting from this effort, or worst, linking up to money making websights. I am doing nothing of the above. My other sights do not link to this sight, and my personal "playground" sight is a mirror of this sight.
I know this is a lot, but I am freaking mad that some bloke can actually demand that I take down a site because she just does not LIKE it. She said something that I could not use YouTube... yet it was cancer.org that posted the video! Other webmaster's are doing the same thing, and they tell me not once have they been harrassed.
Thanks for letting me vent. I still think its a good cause, and this link links up to the official website, which I maintain and have raised almost $20k! Any info you guys can give me or link me to resources is appreciated!
I am not asking for support, yet if you do have the heart, this is a good cause, especially if cancer has touched you personally, but please don't give them a dime until I cool off. I will keep you guys posted! THANKS!
Jay (in Denver!) [That was for Adrian! ;-) ]
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