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. 

I separate those of us who are entangled with Ellis into two groups - Victims and Targets. Victims are the people who settled with Ellis and targets are those of us who refuse to be intimidated in to paying her off. Some of us choose to report and fortunately for Ellis, most targets simply go away after learning how to avoid paying her off. Our collective effort continues to educate the public and with the help 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 own.  It is rare for a religious target to speak up and tell their story so I do it for them. They seem to be scared to death of what people will think. I've agreed to withhold real names until the accusation of infringement expires - which is two years from "date of discovery". In reality, they have nothing to fear. Linda Ellis is relatively harmless. Her targets need only ignore her she will eventually stop sending emails demanding money.  Since Christians are responsible for the mass sharing of The Dash one would think they want to help. 

I got a call 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


The Three D0's

Do Not Respond

Do Not Be Afraid

Do Tell The World