Jan 19

Let’s Look A Little Closer At “Voices of Jupiter Florida” Blog Tactics

As previously reported here on Copyright Anti-Bullying Act, the owner and host of Copyright-Trolls.com, Robert Krausankas has come under attack of a smear campaign consisting of  an “anonymous” blog called Voices Of Jupiter Florida (VOJF) and “anonymous” emails sent from a Jessica Langston.  In one email “Jessica” stated she was not using their real name and most emails are being sent through a proxy to hide the sender’s location/information. While the evidence we have is currently circumstantial (read article in link above) what we have all strongly points to Adlife Marketing‘s CEO Joel Albrizio with possible help from Dash Poet, Linda Ellis.

Crossing The Line

One tactic that VOJF is using to try and shame and embarrass Robert into shutting down Copyright-Trolls.com is having the mythical Jessica Langston email Robert’s clients, associates, wife and  all the coaches in the league where his daughter plays volleyball. and involving family members to try and force Robert from reporting on the way Adlife Marketing  operates.  VOJF does this by trying to embarrass family members as a tactic. Someone doing this, in my opinion, is a person of a questionable and/or damaged character.  Even the worst of the criminal element, the mob bosses, had the rule you leave family and children out of your feud.  This is a tactic we first saw from copyright troll Linda Ellis who made similar attempts to silence April Brown from reporting on her $7,500 demand letter program targeted at people, churches, funeral homes, schools and businesses that shared her poem in newsletters, bulletins and blog posts.  Ms. Ellis called and sent emails to April’s husband’s work saying that the person they hired is married to a thief and copyright infringer and it would damage the stations reputation by having him there.  He worked as a network sports announcer at the time.

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Jan 16

“Anonymous” Blog Owner Attempts to Shut Down Copyright-Trolls.com With Smear Campaign and Shameful / Defamatory Lies.

 

Friend and ally of Copyright Anti-Bullying Act, Robert Krausankas of the Copyright-Trolls.com (CRT) website has come under attack in recent weeks.  Robert wanted to issue a statement about what has been happening.  Below is Robert’s statement as to the facts of the situation.I will say that I know Robert personally as a friend and as a client.  I have found him to be one of the genuine people I know and I have no doubt as to his character and integrity. Not only is he a personal friend but I hired him to design and host my websites.

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Jan 13

Update On The Getty Images / Cabinet Bouchara – Avocat Censorship Letters

A few days ago, our sister site Getty Images Must Change received a Cease and Desist letter from the French Law firm of Cabinet Brouchara – Avocat on behalf of their client Getty Images.  Below is a copy of all email correspondence to date between Vanessa Bouchara of Cabinet Bouchara – Avocat and Greg Troy owner and operator of Getty Images Must Change and Copyright Ant-Bullying Act.

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Jan 13

Who at Getty Images Thought This Would End Well???

What were you thinking?

In the last couple days, the backlash over Getty Images latest faux pas seems to be gaining steam.  If you are not aware of what has happened, it appears someone at Getty Images decided it was time to try and clean up their justifiably

Getty Images, Stop Being The Problem.

Getty Images, Stop Being The Problem.

tarnished online reputation.  I will admit that in recent years it seemed to me that Getty was improving. They had toned down the language in the letters which became kinder and gentler as well as reducing their demands to more reasonable amounts.  In fact, things seemed to be so quiet on the Getty Images front, I had not felt the need to make any updated posts for almost two years. Then someone had the brilliant idea to send letters to everyone who has written anything negative about the company, staff, and/or policies asking them to take the posts. blogs or websites down.

 

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Jan 11

Getty Images Moving Into The Censorship Business

I received a cease and desist letter today on behave of Getty Images from the French Law firm of

Cabinet Bouchara – Avocats citing French law telling me that our sister site GettyImagesMustChange is guilty of defamation under French law towards Getty Images.  Apparently, I dared to report on their business practices and state my opinions on said practices.  I am not the least bit intimidated by this letter in any way shape or form but I will not stand for it either.  I have written about it in detail and the article may be read here.

My response will be forthcoming in the next couple of days.  I will update the posts with new information as it becomes available.

Jan 09

Why is Adlife Marketing Pulling It’s Images From LSA?

In my last article, I talked about how Joel Albrizio of Adlife Marketing was sending out settlement demand letters which in my opinion make Adlife Marketing the newest Copyright Troll I am aware of.  In these

AdLife Marketing wants $8,000 for an image you can get for $2.98 or they threaten to sue?

AdLife Marketing wants $8,000 for an image you can get for $2.98 or they threaten to sue?

letters (the ones I have seen), recipients are never asked  if they have legally purchased the images, are accused of willful infringement, demanded to pay $8,000 dollars, and are given an unreasonable time to comply. What makes this even worse for the recipients is the fact that many of them have purchased the image in question from iStock but because all of Adlife Marketing’s images have been removed from the site copies of the receipts no longer appear on the users account page.

Today, while doing some research it has come to my attention that Adlife Marketing has terminated their contract with LSA Creativeoutlet.com and all images purchased by customers through LSA will no longer have valid licenses after March 1, 2017.  Here is what comes up on the LSA website as a warning to their customers…..

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Jan 08

Is Adlife Marketing The Newest Copyright Troll?

I first heard about Adlife Marketing back in October 2016 when I was shown several settlement demand letters asking for $8,000 for the use of a single image.  Before delving into the meat of my thoughts, documents and comments, let me state that I am not a lawyer, nor do I give legal advice, I try to show all documentation

Is Adlife Marketing The Newest Copyright Troll?

Is Adlife Marketing The Newest Copyright Troll?

when it is available to me and the rest are my opinions. I am a firm believer that an artist should be able to protect their work and collect damages. I feel no pity for those who knowingly steal and use others work.  I am strongly opposed to artists/companies who try to use questionable tactics, bully, harass and threaten people into paying them far more than the work (generally an image) is worth and in my opinion more than a court would award. These people and companies are what I consider to be Copyright Trolls and likewise I have no pity for them when they get what they deserve in court or through government actions.

What I have been able to find out so far is that Joel Albrizio CEO of Adlife Marketing had images mainly of food and food products available on iStock.  Either Mr. Albrizio or iStock removed the images (I have read conflicting stories on this point), and as a result customers who have purchased these images in the past are no longer able to see their purchases on their account page. Adlife Marketing finds where these images are used and then sends out a fairly heavy-handed settlement demand letter.  These letters remind me a lot of the very early Getty Images Demand Letters in that Adlife Marketing does not say “We noticed you are using one of our images and we can’t find a record of your purchase, can you please provide us a copy of the receipt for the image or if you don’t have one then we need to talk about a settlement.  No, they use phrases like…

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Jan 24

You Received Linda Ellis’ “The Dash Poem” Settlement Demand Letter. Now What? Copyright Anti-Bullying Act Wants to Help.

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,

A Linda Ellis settlement demand letter for $7500

A Linda Ellis settlement demand letter for $7500

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 20

Who Is Stalking Whom?  

It appears that poet, author, and copyright troll Linda Ellis now has obsession and stalking on her brain. Since April Brown’s announcement a couple weeks ago of her forthcoming, tell-all book about Ellis, “Poetic Justice“, Linda seems to be wound tighter than the rubber band on a child’s balsa wood toy airplane. After finding out about April’s book announcement, Ellis went into full damage control mode that ironically appears to be more of a scorched-earth policy. By that, I mean she is further damaging her own reputation and credibility by what she is posting (easily checked and verified information and/or the lack thereof). Anyone actively supporting April and/or reporting on Ellis’ $7,500 a pop extortion settlement demand letter program is a potential victim and target.

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

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.

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Jan 17

If Linda Ellis Is Afraid of Matthew Chan As She Claims, Why Does She Keep Taunting Him?

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 ExtortionLetterInfo (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. Since 2008, 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 of 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.

In this article, I am going chronicle Ellis’ attacks on Matthew Chan. Chan, known for his blunt,

Linda Ellis, Author, Poet and Copyright Troll

Parody Image of Linda Ellis As A Troll

outspoken, no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it is style of writing, was also contributing posts and information on The Dash demand letter scheme. Ellis, who was doing everything she could to silence Brown and started focusing on Chan as well. Chan started posting copies of Ellis’ settlement demand letters, willingly provided by the victims themselves for all to see. Parody pictures of Ellis also started to appear on the site. Ellis first tried to send DMCA takedown notices to ELI’s Scribd account, claiming the letters were copyrighted. Of course, this tactic failed and the posted letters remained. Her scheme only works as long as there is no information for victims to find and educate themselves. Of course, she does not want it known that she charges a $7,500 “retroactive licensing fee” for a poem she sells online for $2.99. A confidentiality agreement forbidding victims from saying anything about what was done to them is also required.  Ms. Ellis used to make victims post a pre-written public apology to her in place of the poem. This was stopped after Ellis realized this is where April was finding many of her victims for their stories.

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