MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM LINDA ELLIS- COPYRIGHT HOLDER OF THE DASH

Nothing slows down Linda Ellis and John Jolin, not even the holiday season. They've tried a new and improved extortion letter by sending the first and scariest letter (the 4 page version) via registered mail rather than email. Knowing how much extra effort printing, folding, stamping and mailing a letter takes, I predicted that little idea would fade fast-and it has.  Expect to continue getting your followup threat letters via email and expect Ellis and Jolin to add a new sentence now and then. My guess is that Timothy McCormack is wallowing in pig grease with new ideas for this unscrupulous two. 

NOT ONE SINGLE PERSON HAS EVER BEEN SUED by Ellis for posting The Dash on a blog, in a sermon, in a newsletter or in a funeral program or on a bereavement website. The only way she can get our money is if we admit to being so weak and frightened by these lies that we actuall bite the settlement bullet and hand it over. So if you think your hard earned money, congregants offerings, charitable contributions, and inheritance should go to fund Ellis's next surgery or Jolin's much needed fitness regime, then write that check. Whaaaa??

SNAP OUT OF IT!!

Keep your money and pride and ignore this uninspiring greedy selfish and self righteous team of theives. Below is one of their typical threats. Did you get this followup threat from wannabe lawyer John Whitelaw Jolin too? (BTW, one of our favorite passtimes is pointing out the typos in Johny's "legal looking and legal sounding" threat letters. How many can you find?

"Please respond immediately to our offer of settlement to resolve this matter to resolve this matter amicably. 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 automatically recover statutory damages of up to $30,000.00 for each copyright violation in addition to the automatic 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). Courts will find “willful infringement” when someone continues to publish copyrighted material after receiving a letter like ours from the copyright owner requesting its removal."