Part 2 - 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 SPEAKS
"--I've never hidden anything about my copyright enforcement policy. It's all here: "
Linda Ellis does not reveal her copyright trolling operation on her website or elsewhere. She claims she is hated for no reason at all and that she's done nothing to deserve all the bad publicity The Dash Extortion scheme feeds. Google "Linda Ellis Cyberbullying". She has been hiding and denying what she does for years. She changed the terminology in her letters from "copyright infringement fee" to a "retroactive licensing fee". She's sketchy and doesn't reveal that process. If a person can buy a licensing fee before sharing the poem how much would that licensing fee be? Why doesn't Ellis want us to know that her prosperity is founded on extortion money.
LINDA ELLIS SPEAKS
"--I have spent more than 20 years and thousands of dollars to build The Dash by Linda Ellis brand. Each unauthorized post of my work, as you know, only perpetuates the illegal distribution of my property and my brand. I have worked for years so that I may pass down this special work, and that it will not become public domain."
Linda Ellis circulated The Dash for at least three years without enforcing the copyright and without notifying her readers that she would charge them with copyright infringement if they shared it.
The Live Your Dash brand and the Dash Poem claim to represent a philosophy of possibilities of the individual spiritual life. Yet Ellis seems unable to live by the words she says she wrote. For two years she’s been rebranding herself as a victim of Internet bullying. She's suppose to be an inspiring author but she complains to her readers. She says she’s afraid and that a band of horrible people are harassing her. We were once her readers and we fight back by exposing Ellis. That’s it. We care about her targets and victims.
Who are her victims? There are hundreds of really nice people who simply shared that stupid poem. I’ve told dozens of their stories. But the common thread is we are all good people who posted The Dash on social media or in a church or funeral program or as a school assignment. We don’t want to buy a license to share a poem. We believe we are doing the right thing for Ellis and people in general. Linda Ellis is the only known poet who threatens to sue people for sharing her poetry.
LINDA ELLIS SPEAKS
"--No, I do not target bereaved individuals, non-profits or 9-11 victims. Or any of the other groups for copyright infringement, which you've stated many times. This is pure defamation.
Linda Ellis sent the Zampieri Family an extortion letter. This is Robbie's name on the 9-11 Memorial.
LINDA ELLIS WRITES
The sad part is, you know it. You have stretched the truth beyond measure. In fact, I could share many stories of the opposite. I've flown on my own dime to speak at 9-11 events, funerals and other fundraisers and donated thousands of dollars. You don't know me. You never have."
Jeanne Schlesinger’s brother was killed in the World Trade Center. Her family started a non-profit that gives scholarships to Catholic School kids. When Jeanne’s dad died exactly ten years to the day of Robbie’s death, her mom included The Dash in her husband’s funeral program and in a newsletter honoring her father and Robbie. I don't know of a better family or more thoughtful and loving people. Ellis didn't bother to research who they are. She demanded money instead. They were and probably still are a grieving family. I've got loads of stories like this.
The following is a list of just some of Linda's victims. These people all paid her off before January 2013. These "infringements" have expired.
DASH EXTORTION VICTIMS AS OF JANUARY 1, 2013
- ATL Foundation
- Turning Point of
- Tampa, Inc.
- Sermon Central
- Daniel D. Meyer / Christ Church of Oak Brook
- First Baptist Church, Olds Alabama
- Formal Times Newsletter
- South Dakota Chapter American Society Farm Managers
- Green Valley Villas West, Green Valley Arizona
- Garden Court Real Estate Management Corporation
- Bookkeeping 411
- USA Triathlon Mideast Region
- The Magazine of United Methodist Men
- IOWA State USBC Women’s Bowling Association
- Bourbon Garden Court
- Marco Island Civic Association
- Main Street Baptist Church
- Neidlinger Garden Court News
- Argos Garden Court News
- Rubel Shelly
- All Saints Church, Rome Italy
- Texas A&M University
- User Talk
- Kemper Mill Civic Association
- Git Hub
- TARA Association
- Waukegan Public Schools
- Gerry Spence Attorney
- Children’s Lit
- The Helixx Group
- The Hindu
- Mount Pleasant Memorials
- Character Education
- Baylor University Seminary
- Neighborhood Link
- David E. Smith Publications
- Church of God, In Truth
- Yasni, UK
- Willet Elementary School PTA
- The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod
- Autism Resource Central
- First Baptist Church St. Clair, Missouri
- Center for Successful Aging
- The Houghton Lake Resorter
Libel. Slander. Extortion
The definition of "defamation", "slander", "libel" and "extortion".
Defamation is an area of law that provides a civil remedy when someone's words end up causing harm to your reputation or your livelihood. Libel is a written or published defamatory statement, while slander is defamation that is spoken by the defendant.
Extortion is the crime of obtaining money or property by threat to a victim's property or loved ones, intimidation, or false claim of a right.
I can't argue whether or not Linda Ellis does good deeds. I do know that her targets and victims are good people. I doubt her good deeds balance the harm she causes with the Dash Extortion Scheme. She can deny but she can't erase the people and those letters to families, educators, business owners, religious leaders and the grieving. I should also mention that there isn't a funeral home in the United States that hasn't heard of Linda Ellis. I will also mention that insurance companies have stopped paying off Linda Ellis too.
The stories are endless but one that has bothered me the most is about the Executive Director and Founder of a string of martial arts studios for underprivileged kids. This lovely woman got diagnosed with cancer. Her staff threw her a “living celebration” and they put The Dash in the organization’s newsletter. The attorney for the organization called me and said that Ellis wanted $5000 per location and chapter. The attorney knew nothing about copyright and caved in right away - even after I warned her about the scheme. Ellis settled for $2500 - not per chapter, but a total of $2500. I believe that because the attorney was on the Board of Directors and she worried about ignoring Ellis. Most attorneys feel the need to settle rather than wait it out. She also wanted to reduce the strain on the staff and volunteers and everyone was happy she got "such a good deal" from Ellis. Unfortunately, the founder died before the case was settled. She went to her grave knowing that because her staff wanted to honor her they would likely go bankrupt if held to Ellis' demand. That sickens me and yes, I have a string of expletives for Ellis over that one.