Christians Make the Perfect Victim
January 2, 2017 marked five years reporting on The Dash Extortion Scheme. I've been contacted by hundreds of targets and victims - most identify as Christians and many are Jewish. All relate to the message of The Dash. They shared The Dash to inspire others or just because they felt that sharing was a good thing to do. They certainly never thought of themselves as a thief. To a person, they are shocked when the copyright holder demands exorbitant amounts of money in damages for sharing one poem in any form whatsoever.
I separate those of us who are entangled with Ellis into two groups - "Victims" and "Targets". Victims are targets who succumb to the threats and pay off Ellis and targets are those of us who refuse to be intimidated and share what we know to be true about The Dash Extortion scheme. Some of her targets choose to report her illegal activity, but fortunately for Ellis, most targets simply go away after learning how to avoid paying her off. Our collective efforts continues to educate the public. With the help of other organized individuals like Greg Troy of, we hope to transform the copyright law to include the protections similar to The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) says debt collectors can't harass, oppress, or abuse you or anyone else they contact. We want to prevent more victims.
I continue to be amazed that not one single article has ever been written by a Christian warning their congregates and their vulnerable following. Religious leaders seem to be more concerned about individual reputations versus viewing extortion scheme as a social justice issue. I've repeatedly had to agree to withhold real names until the accusation of infringement expires - which is two years from "date of discovery". In reality, her victims have nothing to fear. Linda Ellis is relatively harmless. Her targets need only ignore her she will eventually stop sending emails demanding money. I'm still miffed as to why Christian leadership is non existent in this issue, since Christians are responsible for the mass sharing of The Dash. One would think Linda Ellis would be fairly easy for God to tame.
I still remember the call I got from a preacher's wife. She told me her husband printed The Dash in the church bulletin and then downloaded the bulletin to their website. Ellis found it and demanded $5000 in damages. I gave her my usual advice. I told her to ignore Ellis, that she'd get about six emails and eventually Ellis will give up. I then asked her if she would be willing to speak out and write her story and let me share it. She said she would and then a few days later wrote back and said that the church Board met and told her not to get involved. They wanted to avoid the embarrassment. One wonders where God is in all this but apparently protecting their flock from financial ruin - even when they create victims by their own sharing, isn't on their To-Do list.
So there you have it. Linda Ellis knows who the perfect victims are and where to find them. For more information on The Dash Extortion Scheme visit www.poeticjustice.com.
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The Three D0's
Do Not Respond
Do Not Be Afraid
Do Tell The World