Monday
Mar282016

Linda Ellis Copyright Troll Sends Out Extortion Letters on Easter Sunday to Religious Leaders

Linda Ellis and John W. Jolin apparently had little else to do on Easter Sunday so they sent out extortion letters on this holiest of Holy days. 
Remember Linda Ellis says she never goes after anyone who shares The Dash at a funeral, in a program or in memory of a loved one. Well she hit this victim on all three counts. She wants another religious leader and a former fan of the poet troll to pay her $4500 for sharing The Dash! 
The story is that his friend died and The Dash was read at the funeral and he shared it in post on Linkedin. This is why Linda Ellis continues to tell people they can share The Dash at funerals. She knows people will share it when they get home. 
Notice that she is still hoping insurance companies are as stupid as they once were. Not so fast Ellis. There won't be any money from this pastor in your Easter basket.
(This is the email and this time she faxed it to the target as well-see photos)
From: The Dash Management <thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net>
Subject: Notice of Copyright Infringement
ATT:  (Name Withheld), CHURCH & MINISTRY RELATIONS DIRECTOR
The attached letter is to serve as notification of your unauthorized use of the poem, "The Dash."  "The Dash" is a poem written by Linda Ellis, and she owns the legal copyright to the poem.  This letter has also been sent via fax.
A screenshot is included below.  This registered, copyrighted work has been published and distributed unauthorized on your website:  https://www.linkedin.com/what-you-doing-your-dash. We look forward to hearing from you, your legal counsel, or your insurance company to resolve this matter.  For more information about Linda Ellis’ copyright protection, visit her web site at:  http://www.linda-ellis.com/copyright.html         
 
Sincerely,
 
John W. Jolin
Intellectual Property Coordinator
Linda's Lyrics, LLC
2146 Roswell Rd. NE
STE 108-124
Marietta, GA 30062 
www.linda-ellis.com

Sunday
Mar272016

Attorney Writes Summary for State Attorney Generals about Linda Ellis Copyright Extortionist

Linda Ellis foolishly sent an extortion letter to an attorney. The attorney responded with an Executive Summary of my book. Her contribution will undoubtedly help put an end to Linda Ellis' extortion scheme. See below.

Poetic Justice - The True Story Behind “The Dash” Poem and One Victim’s Mission to End Copyright Extortion and Bullying

(“The Dash” Extortion Scheme)

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Introduction

Copyright trolling has reared its ugly head in the past five years1 to painfully bite into the wallets of well-­‐ intended and innocent cyberspace users. Mere posting of inspiring words meant to encourage others becomes a treasure trove for the copyright holder (extortioner?). Funny images to share become traps for the innocent unwary who then are pounced on by image trolls demanding exorbitant settlements. Linda Ellis (poet) and Getty Images are two such trolls. In the poet’s case, ample evidence points to her intentional cyberspace seeding of her poem to set copyright infringement traps.

https://www.scribd.com/doc/306091064/Poetic-Justice-The-Dash-Extortion-Scheme-Book-Summary

 

1.  Send copy of Summary to as many victims as you can.
2.  Ask them in turn to send Summary to their State's representative, asking them to ask the State's attorney general for opinion on:
a.  Violation of State common law fraud
b.  Violation of State consumer protection laws
I can draft a sample letter victims might send to their state AG, if u like.  It sld be a one-page cover letter to Summary, briefly explaining the issue, and referencing your book for further info that can be ordered on Amazon.
3.  Have victims send to you any AG opinions.
4.  Send AG opinions to me and I'll send to US AG to ask for their investigation on:
a.  Violation of common law fraud under any federal statute
b.  Violation of any federal consumer protection laws
c.  Violation of federal copyright law
It will be your State's Attorney General who will finish end Linda Ellis' campaign of abuse and extortion.
https://www.scribd.com/doc/306091064/Poetic-Justice-The-Dash-Extortion-Scheme-Book-Summary

 

Thursday
Mar102016

Linda Ellis and John W. Jolin - Extortion Letters - Target Exposes Scheme

This victim did not allow himself to be intimidate. He immediately made the scam public and shared the extortion letters sent by John W. Jolin acting Linda Ellis's representative. It is important to note that John  W. Jolin is not an attorney and that the content in the letters is false. Linda Ellis has never sued anyone for sharing The Dash online. She only THREATENS to sue. Don't be fooled. Read on...

In April of 2015 John W. Jolin sent a letter demanding money from someone who shared The Dash on a blog meant to inspire others. John W. Jolin is the thug & copyright troll Linda Ellis uses scare the bejesus of her fans who share The Dash. Linda Ellis has successfully collected millions of dollars (according to her own words "99.99% pay me"). In 2011, Linda Ellis sent April Brown the same string of letters. Instead of cowering or paying of the copyright troll Brown exposed the scheme and continues to shed a bright light on Linda Ellis' operation. Brown wrote a book "Poetic Justice, The True Story Behind The Dash and One Victim's Mission to End Copyright Extortion and Bullying". www.getpoeticjustice.com. Since 2012, Brown's advice and exposure has saved 256 people from Paying off Linda Ellis. Based on direct contacts made by targets and victims, it appears as if only 8 people have paid Ellis's extortion demands in 4 years. There may be many more who have been saved or paid. If you have been targeted and victimized contact April Brown via Get Poetic Justice. www.getpoeticjustice.com for more information. Help us put this copyright troll out of business for good.

First Contact  Email and Letter

April 8

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 2:01 PM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini 
Importance: High

The attached letter is to serve as notification of copyright infringement of the poem, "The Dash."  "The Dash" is a poem written by Linda Ellis, and she owns the legal copyright to the poem.  This registered, copyrighted work has been published and distributed unauthorized on the web site below.

http://www.loopnet.com/blog/chuck-barberini-realtor--the-dash_16853783355511712420/

We look forward to hearing from you, your legal counsel, or your insurance company regarding the prompt payment of our claim invoice to resolve this matter.

Sincerely,

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

Phone:  678-521-6216

Fax: 770-977-0077

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

2nd Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 5:01 PM
To: 'Chuck@ChuckBarberini.com'
Subject: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini 
Importance: High

 

The attached letter is to serve as notification of copyright infringement of the poem, "The Dash."  "The Dash" is a poem written by Linda Ellis, and she owns the legal copyright to the poem.  This registered, copyrighted work has been published and distributed unauthorized on the web site below.

http://www.loopnet.com/blog/chuck-barberini-realtor--the-dash_16853783355511712420/

We look forward to hearing from you, your legal counsel, or your insurance company regarding the prompt payment of our claim invoice to resolve this matter.

Sincerely,

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

3rd Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, April 8, 2015 8:19 AM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini

Thank you for the prompt removal of Ms. Ellis’ poem from your website. Please respond promptly to our offer of settlement to resolve this matter. 

Sincerely,

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

April 8, 2015 

4th Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2015 10:23 AM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini

Mr. Barberini, 

Please respond promptly to our offer settlement to resolve this matter.

Sincerely,

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

5th Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 2:22 PM
To: 'Chuck@ChuckBarberini.com'
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini 
Importance: High

Mr. Barberini,

Just to be clear our settlement offer is in lieu of filing suit in federal court and pursuing statutory damages. Statutory damages are a damage award in civil law, in which the amount awarded is stipulated within the statute rather than being calculated based on the degree of harm to the plaintiff. Lawmakers will provide for statutory damages for acts in which it is difficult to determine a precise value of the loss suffered by the victim. Because of the ease of infringement, federal law authorizes copyright owners, like Ms. Ellis, to recover statutory damages of up to $30,000.00 for each copyright violation in addition to the recovery of all attorneys’ and costs involved in pursuing the copyright violation. 17 U.S.C. §§ 504(c)(1) and 505.  If a court determines the infringement intentional or “willful,” the law authorizes a court to award statutory damages of up to $150,000.00 per copyright violation.  17 U.S.C. § 504(c)(2).

We do not enjoy lawsuits and hope to not have to resort to the courts; however, Ms. Ellis has proven that she has, and will, protect the value and integrity of her copyrighted works.  In the case of Ellis v. Aronson, filed in the Northern District of Georgia, Ms. Ellis received a judgment the amount of $269,000.00.

Ms. Ellis is prepared to file a lawsuit in Federal Court if we cannot reach a resolution..

We hope that you share our desire to avoid the costs and expenses of litigation and come to a resolution of this matter.  If so, contact us immediately or remit payment to Linda’s Lyrics, LLC to resolve this matter.

Sincerely,

 

 

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

 

6th Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:05 AM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini

Mr. Barberini, 

Please respond so we can finally resolve this matter.

Sincerely,

 

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

7th Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net

Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 6:23 AM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini

Mr. Barberini, 

Please respond immediately to our offer of settlement to resolve this matter amicably.

Sincerely,

 

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 2:02 PM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini 
Importance: High

Chuck, 

We have been more than patient. We are turning this matter over to our IP attorney in 3 days if we do not hear from you. Please contact me immediately to avoid costly litigation.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

 

 

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

8th Email

From: The Dash Management [mailto:thedashmanagement@lindaellis.net] 
Sent: Monday, June 15, 2015 2:02 PM
To: Chuck Barberini
Subject: RE: Notice of copyright infringement to Chuck Barberini 
Importance: High

Chuck, 

We have been more than patient. We are turning this matter over to our IP attorney in 3 days if we do not hear from you. Please contact me immediately to avoid costly litigation.

Sincerely,

 

John W. Jolin

Intellectual Property Coordinator

Linda's Lyrics, LLC

2146 Roswell Rd. NE

STE 108-124

Marietta, GA 30062

www.lindaellis.net

Phone:  678-521-6216

NOTICE: This message and accompanying documents are covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, 18 U.S.C. 2510-2521, and contains information intended for the specified individual(s) only. This electronic mail transmission is for the use of the named individual or entity to which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or confidential. It is not to be transmitted to or received by anyone other than the named addressee (or a person authorized to deliver it to the named addressee). It is not to be copied or forwarded to any unauthorized persons. If you have received this electronic mail transmission in error, delete it from your system without copying or forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by replying via email or by calling Linda’s Lyrics at

(678) 521-6216, so that our address record can be corrected.

 

Thursday
Feb252016

HOW TO FIGHT A COPYRIGHT TROLL - Tell Your Story and Prevent More Victims

It’s not easy taking on the role of activist. I can imagine that anyone who has crossed an injustice that needs righted finds that the initial thrill and empowerment wanes after a few months and if their lucky the zeal might last years. I have been working to ending copyright bullying after crossing paths with the now infamous copyright troll Linda Ellis. I credit myself for leading the way, and others for following and often taking the lead as I learn from them.  I’m fortunate in that I have felt very little discomfort as “my” copyright troll bombards me with one ridiculous attack after another.  Yet, the Poet Troll has been my teacher while she swipes and postures. So far the only financial harm was my choice. I decided to write a book. I told my story and the story of many victims and that process cost me about the price a year at Washington State University costs. I venture to say I learned more from writing my book, Poetic Justice, than I would have sitting in a classroom being told what a copyright troll is and how they harm society.

I had no idea that when on January 2, 2012, I decided to expose the abuse and harassment I had experienced online, that I would be sitting in front my computer, four years later still helping other targets and victims fight back and hold on to their money.  And I have made a difference. More than 250 people refused to pay an extortion fee to Linda Ellis and she has not retaliated. She's legally impotent and morally corrupt and she doesn't want her targets to find out just how much the courts hate copyright trolls. She hasn’t sued anyone but she hasn’t stop sending extortion letters either. Linda Ellis is invinsible as long as she stays out of courtroom.

If you don’t know what copyright trolling is, you aren’t the only one. Most people find out after sharing a photo or video without permission. Most content creators tell the offending party to remove the content and that is usually the end of the story, but third parties, like Getty Images who represents copyrighted photos for artists has made hundreds of millions of dollars just scaring the bejesus out of people. Getty Images is known as an aggressive copyright troll and there are thousands of dissenters and hundreds of articles mentioning their intimidating practices. Linda Ellis is like many other copyright trolls who seeds the Internet with content hoping it will be shared so she can make the claim of copyright infringement. Linda Ellis even has a marketing campaign called the Tell-a-Friend form and sends the poem directly to your inbox. Then she waits for you to post The Dash on a blog, use it in a newsletter or funeral program or video tape it being recited. When she receives a Google alert linking to your post, she has a friend send one frightening letter after another demanding payment. His name is John W. Jolin. Her hope is that the offender will begin negotiating for a lower settlement. This week she accused a business coach of copyright infringement and lowered her fee from $7500 to $500. The person paid through PayPal and then contacted me with regrets.

I get really annoyed with Linda’s targets. Even after they realize they have been duped and that sharing a poem on a blog is NOT copyright infringement, they still feel ashamed and embarrassed and some still try to talk Linda Ellis out of going after them. Never mind that Linda Ellis has never sued anyone and that attorneys, judges, and members of her own family have rebuked the evidence of her unscrupulous behavior. Her victims's won't go public or even tell their own supporters and followers. I'ts because of that silence her trolling operation continues to thrive. Why won't they shout from the rooftops they are being targeted? Cowardice is my answer. If every target and victim told their story The Dash Extortion Scheme would come to an end in a matter of weeks, maybe even days. But people are afraid that they just might be the one Linda Ellis sues. They can’t get their mind around the image of Ellis as a Christian author and they don’t want to speak against her. They read the copyright law and make the self-determination that sharing a poem can be considered copyright infringement, yet no one has ever been sued or prosecuted for sharing a poem on a blog. The intent of the copyright law is not to stop sharing but to stop the selling and appropriation of another’s content. Considering that even Judges share unauthorized content, Ellis does not have a sympathetic legal audience nor does the general public agree with the practice of copyright trolling. Ellis is doomed if she ever sets foot in a courtroom. Ellis wants to scare a settlement out of her fans not get embroiled in a legal battle. She doesn’t care about her image and she doesn’t care if she sells books, trinkets or posters. One settlement is equal to selling more than 150 books, 500 bookmarks and hundreds of posters. Which do you think is easier and more lucrative? By copyright trolling or selling Live Your Dash paraphernalia?

Seems the next logical question is “why hasn’t Linda Ellis sued April Brown?” Because Linda Ellis has no Cause and no case. She simply cannot refute the hundreds of extortion letters, taped interviews, court records, video recordings, screen captures, and eye witness testimony. Linda’s own words, actions and the bodies strewn through out her past reveal the truth about how she leads her life and whom she has hurt along the way. If she were to sue me everything will be a matter of court records and the national media would surely take notice. So far Linda Ellis has had very little media exposure and very few victims have taken a stand against the practice.

Don’t let her play you for a fool. Tell your story and help us prevent more victims.

Courage. Do you have it?

Wednesday
Feb242016

When Your Wife Dies - Linda Ellis Author, Speaker, Poet - Hand is Out

When your wife dies the last person you want to deal with is a copyright troll and the sudden death of a loved one makes the ordeal even worse. As the surviving spouse, your life is forever changed. No more morning coffee together or comforting touches or reassuring glances and secrets only the two of you hold. Death is tough and grieving is tougher.

Now imagine that just a few months after your wife passes, a well-known copyright troll demands $7500 from you for “stealing intellectual property”. Worse the troll sends one frightening letter after another with the hope that you will give up and pay up before you find this blog and benefit from my advice and support.

John W. Jolin is the Copyright Representative for Linda Ellis, the owner of the copyright to The Dash poem and Linda’s Lyrics. Although the poet claims she has never demanded money from grieving families, the evidence in her own words proves just the opposite.  In February of 2015 she launched two websites in an attempt to discredit members of the anti-copyright troll movement and again denied she has ever asked grieving families for money while actively demanding payoffs from families of the dying and dead.  Ellis used the Linda Logic and Just Free Speech Home page websites to renounce the charges made by her victims and dissenters. Lindalogic.com and Just Free Speech were removed after a few months. Ellis made wild accusations against Matthew Chan, myself and others and dirty the release of the tell-all book Poetic Justice, the True Story Behind the Dash and One Victim’s Mission to End Copyright Trolling and Abuse.

The facts are this: grieving families, funeral homes and death industry professionals are still some of her most sought after targets. I know of over 50 people who shared the Dash as result of someone dying. John Jolin and Linda Ellis can’t deny they know the person they are extorting money from is grieving because The Dash poem is posted as a tribute to the expired person. Yet if you asked Linda today, she would continue to deny she has demanded money from grieving families.

Fortunately exposing the Dash Poem extortion scheme has reduced, if not entirely eliminated the once lucrative flow of money from the funeral industry, but grieving families and friends are oblivious to the threat. Many innocently share The Dash because Linda Ellis's marketing method includes unsoliticited emails from her actually asking people to share the poem freely. When they post The Dash poem, John W. Jolin launches a relentless and harassing email campaign. Sadly, the grieving are unaware of the scheme behind the promotion of The Dash and accept the image of Linda Ellis as a Christian author. Some of her targets try to convince Ellis they meant no harm only to find that initial contact unleashes a string of intimidating emails from Jolin. The lesson learned is to never communicate with Ellis or Jolin and forward all your emails to my email address. We collect that information for the State's Attorney Generals.

Ellis’ targets and victims are real people. The uncle whose niece died in a horseback riding accident, the many widows and widowers who shared The Dash in a funeral program or website, and the young mother who just buried a child. Many charities have honored the passing of an influential director, valued volunteer or service recipient by sharing The Dash. Even a pastor’s wife and 911 victims’ family are still being harassed by Ellis for money. Linda Ellis targets any person of any age, race, creed and color no matter the reason for sharing The Dash unless that person is a celebrity. She has no concern for her reputation or brand. If I had not experienced her actions or known her victims, I would agree, The Dash Extortion Scheme does seem unbelievable.

Although Linda Ellis is quick to punish the unrecognizable fans she is even quicker to exploit the personalities who share The Dash in a public forum. Senator Bob Dole read The Dash on C-Span, American Idol Winner David Cook tattooed The Dash on his arm, and Robin Leach read The Dash at Rene’ Angelil’s funeral without crediting the author. Yet, Linda Ellis has never charged any of these notables with copyright infringement. Instead she uses these free public displays to market The Dash products. It’s no wonder the public is confused by her contradictions. “Share The Dash but now that you have I want $7500!” Even harder to grasp is the nasty attacks on the very people who were once Dash Poem fans. Election season or not, this is not what most people consider a Christian mind-set.

Imagine for a moment you are the loving wife, mother, sister, daughter and grandmother who passes. Now imagine your friends put together a special service honoring your life.  One of these wonderful people include The Dash poem in a program, on a blog or video tape it as your brother reads it before your friends. Now imagine that days or even year’s later a member of your family, or someone from the charity she volunteer for, or the pastor of her church is then accused of copyright infringement and threatened with Federal charges and a fine of $150,000.  This is the nightmare legacy of The Dash poem. This is why people are angry at Linda Ellis and John W. Jolin. This is why they stopped buying her books, jewelry, posters and plagues.

The Dash Poem exhorts us to live our dash yet Ellis is unmoved by the words and unable to live a life of integrity and respectability. Ethics are lost on Linda Ellis. The Dash Extortion Scheme has been around since she copyrighted the poem.  She's spent almost two decades terrorizing innocent infringers and earned more than a million dollars in extortion payoffs (her claim not mine).

We scratch our heads in disgust.