Okay, you’ve gone to your mailbox and you’ve received a letter from Linda’s Lyrics LLC. You open it up and you find you’re the owner of a $7,500 settlement demand letter claiming that you have shared Linda Ellis’ poem called,
“The Dash“. Not only have you shared this poem but, according to the letter, you have caused irreparable harm to her brand and significant financial loss. As you continue to read the letter, you find that you are given only 10 days to come up with the cash or possibly face a federal lawsuit and be sued for up to $150,000 plus court costs and legal fees. If you are like most people, Linda’s letter has scared you silly and probably made you feel sick to your stomach, leaving you wondering how this happened and what to do next
Option One: Ignore Linda Ellis
The first thing you need to do is step back, take a deep breath, and calm down. I promise you that your legal situation is nowhere near as dire as Linda’s letter makes it appear. This letter is carefully crafted, designed, and worded to provoke just this sort of reaction. You will also want to note that as of the writing of this article, to my knowledge, Linda has NEVER taken anyone to court over one of these letters. The Aronson case mentioned in her letter is not comparable with those who have innocently shared her poem on blogs, Facebook or a memorial webpage etc. The Aronson suit was a case of willful and blatant infringement. He is also a criminal in jail. Aronson contracted with Linda to include “The Dash” poem in a book he was writing. He did not pay what he agreed to and also created Dash websites as well. Mr. Aronson ultimately got what he deserved.