Part 1 - Copyright Troll Unveiled In Her Own Words
On March 2, 2017 Linda Ellis posted this open letter on Facebook along with a Youtube Video denying that she is a copyright troll. Worse she claims that she is a victim of cyberbullying - and circulating false information. The facts are on our side.
I'm including exhibits with each of the posts and links to evidence the repudiates her claim that she is being targeted and bullied by those of us who report on her immoral and what we consider criminal behavior.
"I hope and pray that none of you have to face a (in my opinion) cyberbully. It drains you of your positive energy daily.
LINDA ELLIS WRITES
Dear April Brown,
"You are an intelligent, professional business woman. Yet, you spend hours upon hours posting hundreds of untruths about "Linda Ellis" and have even written a book based upon facts that you know in your heart are completely distorted out of proportion. I had the I suppose I should praise your business savvy here for taking advantage of a situation to write and sell a book full of slander and defamation. Bravo."
I'm confident that if one word in my book is false, Linda Ellis would have sued me. My reporting on The Dash Extortion Scheme has been far more financially damaging to Linda's scheme than if she'd just walked away from the fight on the first day. Instead she threatened and mocked her targets and victims.
I wrote a book for the benefit of the targets and victims of Linda Elli’s extortion scheme. “Poetic Justice – The True Story Behind the Dash and One Victim’s Mission to End Copyright Extortion and Bullying”. The book was vetted by an attorney and has been available for nearly two years. Ellis has been threatening to sue her readers and fans for more than twenty. Poetic Justice is available on line for free or it can also be purchased on Amazon.com for those who want to support our cause. Free on Kindle. I donate my book to schools and attorneys and for free to any state attorney general.
Poetic Justice is filled with exhibits to assist defendants if Linda decides to sue me or anyone else. The exhibits are emails, comments, letters, photos, screen captures and legal documents. The provenance of the exhibits have been maintained and verified. Many of the exhibits have already been through the court system because of the Chan v. Ellis case. The book contains only about 30% of that evidence. The rest can be viewed on a directory on Scribd.com along with hundreds more. I keep a record of everything that is brought to my attention by her former readers and fans. We are prepared for a case and look forward to more exposure and more scrutiny.
Linda Ellis has not filed a case against me for Copyright Infringement or Libel. There are no facts to bear out her accusations she has been or is now being harassed by me or anyone else in my arena of influence. She is an abusive copyright troll. She wants revenge because I continue to expose her scheme. I tell her victim's stories and people no longer foolishly pay her off.
LINDA ELLIS WRITES
"While I have been busy being a caretaker for two disabled people, one being my 82-year old mother, you have diluted the Internet with slander and defamation about Linda Ellis. I'm still not sure if your actions are due to a personal obsessive vendetta you have against me, or to sell your book full of fabrications. Either way, I simply haven't had as much idle time as you, apparently."
Many of Linda Ellis’ targets care for family members. She has no pity for them. The truth is found in hundreds of her target's letters and emails. Ellis forces her victim's to sign a Confidentiality Agreement upon settlement so many speak through me. Some have speak on their own after learning they were duped by Ellis. We believe the Confidentiality Agreement is void because of the lies she tells in the extortion letter to frighten them in to paying her off.
Linda often touts that she cares for her mother. Most of us care for our family naturally without seeking attention for our efforts. She should imagine what it must feel like opening up an email from an extortionist after spending a long night bedside with a loved one or returning from a funeral. She should imagine what a student feels like after his entire school is hit with a copyright infringement claim just because he video taped himself reading The Dash and put it on Youtube. She should imagine laying in a hospice knowing your wife is faced with paying Ellis $7500. She should imagine sharing a poem out of kindness only to find the author hates her for doing that simple thoughtful act.
Before 2013, Linda Ellis sent The Dash poem to her fans using the using this company Tell a Friend King. That’s how it ended up in my In-box. See the button below that says "Send to a Friend"? The Tell-a-Friend form is rarely used today because unsolicited email is annoying even if it contains an inspiring poem. I read the poem and posted it on a blog. The blog was on my business website much like this one. I posted the poem with a link to her website.
Sharing is still a common practice by most people but Linda Ellis thinks that by sharing her poem her fans are stealing money from her. She also believes that because I shared The Dash on my business blog that I owe her for my success. In 2011, the stats for my blog were zero. The posts had no tags and no promotion which leads all of us to believe the Tell-a-Friend form loaded with all those emails (10 per form) was nothing more than a map to her targets. I did not seek out Linda Ellis she sought me out as she still does today.
I received several letters from John W. Jolin and this letter from Wilcox and Savage. I decided to ignore John Jolin and her attorneys. I figured if the charge of "Copyright Infringement" were solid Linda Ellis would sue me. I was right. Linda Ellis is a copyright troll and her own attorney refused to move forward based on my simple sharing of The Dash.
LINDA ELLIS WRITES
"The facts, as you KNOW them to be true, are:
--Yes, I send out letters to those who have used my copyrighted, trademarked intellectual property on their business or organization's web sites, in their publications, etc. Because licensing and royalties are what creators of intellectual property depend upon to pay their bills. When someone distributes a legal product without permission or payment, it is neither lawful, nor ethical, and there are indeed repercussions."
There is no law against sharing a poem on the Internet.
Linda Ellis has never sued anyone for sharing any of her content - ever. Why doesn't she sue? She fears that if she loses she have to pay the defendant the maximum judgement of $150,000 plus attorney fees.
Other than the Matthew Chan v. Ellis case, Ellis been initiated two cases. Both involved contract disputes. Ellis won both by default. She sued Eric J. Aronson for failing to pay her $350 licensing fee. Eric was in jail at the time. Ellis tacked on the charge of Copyright Infringement thinking if she won by default she could collect $150K plus attorney fees. She won the judgement by default but never collected the money.
In an earlier case the person she was suing was her best friend. The BFF case is truly troubling. Ellis appears to have broken a long friendship over the possibility of making more money with Mac Anderson. I wrote about the Eric J. Aronson case and the Robin and Eddy case in my book "Poetic Justice". I’ve spoken to those parties and I have all of their email exchanges and court records. That evidence shows a desperation in Ellis' behavior. Both cases are included in my book. I’ve posted all that information and included as much as I could in my book. Much more has been written about her by other bloggers and news organizations.
Linda won't admit to giving The Dash away in magazines and interviews and newspapers for free for several years. The Dash kept cropping up on social media as “Author Unknown” and “Ann Nonemous”. The Dash had been circulating for at least three years before Ellis began enforcing the copyright. We’ve also found three versions of the poem as "Author Unknown". Is Ellis jealous of "Ann Nonemous. The add that we don’t believe she is the author. It is our hope that the exposure will uncover earlier versions of the poem.
I consulted an attorney after receiving Ellis’s first threat and his advice. He counseled that when content is infringed upon through sharing in the same manner that The Dash is shared to first send a Cease and Desist Letter. Ellis sends an invoice and demand letter.
Linda Ellis takes the low road when it comes to enforcing The Dash copyright. Only copyright trolls send invoices, sample lawsuits and threatening letters. It is rare that someone does not remove content. If Ellis ever went to court a Judge will ask her why she didn't first ask for a Cease and Desist before threatening to sue. For that reason alone she likely would get an unfavorable judgement or as little as $200. This is why Ellis does not sue anyone. She’s afraid of a low settlement and she’s afraid of that outcome. She is also aware that Judges hate trolls and my guess is any Judge would hate someone who sends letters to people in grief. We also think versions of The Dash exist before 1996 will likely turn up when thousands more people hear about what she’s doing. Now that the Dash Extortion Scheme is coming to a close, she is rebranding herself as a victim of cyberbullying.
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