8.11.2009

So...



as expected, as in the past, Cafe Press has squashed my latest expression of dissent and free speech by removing my Obama "Helter Skelter" shirt from my store. Their contention is that I am in violation of copyright laws. Here is the reply I penned this morning...

The image in question was downloaded from a free web site, offering it's use for creating posters, flyers, etc., along with the ability to create captions or modifications to the image at will, so the assumption is that the owner has relinquished the copyright.
The same or similar image is currently being offered on the following Cafe Press store sites:
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32411901
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32412062
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32411902
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32544359
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32411900
http://shop.cafepress.com/design/32412064
I'm sure there are many more, but I don't really have the time to investigate further.
I would like to know why these other images are allowed and mine is not. Is it really a matter of copyright infringement? If my assumption of it being relinquished by the owner in view of the public offering of this image for public use is misguided, I will gladly suspend it's use, as, being a Conservative, not a "Progressive", I believe in the rights of an individual or corporation to retain what they have created and profit by it and feel safe and secure that those rights and gains will not be infringed upon. However, in view of the myriad other like images offered on merchandise through Cafe Press, which are of a more "pro-Obama" bent, I have this little, gnawing feeling in my gut that there is more to this than a copyright issue.
I eagerly await your reply and will take the correct action based upon our further conversations.
Respectfully yours,
Gregor


I'll keep you posted as to how this latest battle goes.



go ahead, make your day...

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