Part 3 - Copyright Troll Unveiled in Her Own Words

April Brown - Investigative Reporter

April Brown - Investigative Reporter


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.

Linda Ellis - Author - The Dash

March 2 at 12:18pm · 

"I hope and pray that none of you have to face a (in my opinion) cyberbully. It drains you of your positive energy daily.

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"The amount of requested licensing you quote in your continuous slander is not the amount copyright infringers and my company eventually amicably agree upon, nor is it the amount requested of all copyright infringers of my intellectual property. Each case is different and the extent of the damage is different as well. Yet, you continue to stretch the truth and perpetuate your slander to fit your obsessive campaign against me, Linda Ellis, author of The Dash."


Linda Ellis doesn't have a "company" of attorneys or a staff. She has been represented by many and Betsy McBride and Timothy McCormack represented her before the Georgia Supreme Court - Chanv V. Ellis. Six Supreme Court Justices ruled against Ellis. It was a unanimous Decision.  Linda is a solo entrepreneur and at one time John W. Jolin passed himself off as "Linda Ellis' Legal Representation".

Thanks to those of us who have spoken out, she no longer operates a lucrative trolling operation. The Dash Extortion Scheme is on life support. Insurance companies no longer pay her off. Only a handful of people have paid her since we exposed her scheme. All regret that decision, especially Caldwell County Schools. 

I post Linda's letters, I don't write them. I’ve never altered a word of any of her letters. The sums quoted are from her letters. I often redact her targets names but sometimes her targets don’t care so I leave those names visible. It doesn't matter that she reduces her original demand. That doesn't make extortion and intimidation okay. She claims she will file a lawsuit in Federal Court for the “crime” of copyright infringement. She claims she will collect $150,000 plus legal fees when she does. She's never sued anyone and she's never collected $269,000 on the Eric Aronson judgement. Aronson is in Federal prison for a Ponzi scheme. That story is in my book.

So what are “damages” for sharing a poem? In my world extortion is a thousand times more damaging than sharing The Dash poem. How can Ellis lose money for a non-existent licensing fee? We’ve searched extensively for anyone who has paid Ellis a licensing fee before they get a demand letter and we've found no one. We have no record of someone paying $7500 to post license The Dash.

The Dash might be Linda's only claim to fame and her legacy, but she's flipped any good the poem inspires on it's ears. It’s a poem. Not the cure for cancer. The only logical question is this. If people won't pay .79 cents a copy - a price she once sold The Dash for - why would some one license it for more? They can choose a poet who actually lives by the words he writes and allows for the sharing of his poetry. I've spoken to poet Ron Tranmer many times and he is dismayed by Linda Ellis' wasted opportunity. 


"I realized after you posted the hearse song directed at me stating WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU! with the lyrics stating that I would be the next to die, that I should probably be more wary of your mental state. That is my opinion based on the facts as I know them."


Don't ever laugh as a hearse goes by,
For you may be the next to die. 

They wrap you up in a big white sheet,
From your head down to your feet.
They put you in a big black box
And cover you up with dirt and rocks,
And all goes well for about a week,
And then your coffin begins to leak.

And the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out.
The worms play pinochle on your snout.
They eat your eyes, they eat your nose.
They eat the jelly between your toes.

A big green worm with rolling eyes
Crawls in your stomach and out your eyes.
Your stomach turns a slimy green,
And pus pours out like whipping cream.
You spread it on a slice of bread,
and that's what you eat when you are dead.

And the worms crawl out, the worms crawl in.
The worms that crawl in are lean and thin,
The ones that crawl out are fat and stout.
Your eyes fall in and your hair falls out.
Your brain comes tumbling down your snout.

And the worms crawl in, the worms crawl out,
They crawl all over your dirty snout.
Your chest caves in, your eyes pop out,
And your brain turns to sauerkraut.

They invite their friends and their friends too,
They all come down to chew on you.

And this is what it is to die,
I hope you had a nice goodbye.
Did you ever think as a hearse goes by,
That you may be the next to die?
And your eyes fall out, and your teeth decay,
And that is the end of a perfect day.


The Hearse Song by Harley Poe as of today has 310,665 views. I doubt that a single person who has viewed the song believes it is a death threat. Linda Ellis submitted this to the Georgia Supreme Court as evidence I threatened to kill her. That evidence was introduced as proof that I am under the influence of "cult leader" Matthew Chan. Watch this video from the hearing and it's clear that the judges understood that The Hearse Song makes my point. Linda Ellis is a hearse chaser.

The Hearse song is the theme song for the BEWARE DON'T SHARE blog.  Linda Ellis and her lust for snaring victims who participate with death in any fashion. I have extortion letters from funeral homes, death service providers, families of the dead, preachers, teachers and students and bereavement websites. Linda knows these victims exist because she sent the letters. The money she collected is in her bank account not ours. The entities that settled with her signed a confidentiality agreement and because most are businesses they will not speak out.

Peter Burwash found The Dash poem in his father’s Bible with the words “Author Unknown”. I bring Peter up because of this from Linda Ellis: "...directed at me stating WE ARE COMING TO GET YOU!"

The day I announced that The Hearse Song would be our theme song, I also penned myself as "Undertaker". At the time my goal was to bury The Dash poem so deep, no one will ever risk sharing it again. At that time, Ellis had hired Kalka & Baer to wrangle Peter Burwash out of $100,000 and I was advising Peter, his attorney and his publisher. The PETITION FOR STALKING TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDERt does not mention The Hearse Song. She added that as evidence as against that Matthew Chan even though the Hearse Song was on my blog. This is form was filled out by Linda Ellis.


Peter is a highly successful retired tennis pro and builds tennis resorts all over the world. He is also a motivational speaker and author of a dozen books.  He wrote a book “Master of Your Dash”. and landed in Ellis crosshairs when he included the Dash in his book as “Author Unknown”. The poem was on the first page of his book. Ellis thought she had landed a big fish with this guy. She demanded he pay her $150,000. Instead he had the publisher literally cut the first page out of his book and he continued to publish his book. Peter called me for help.


I can’t think of a man I adore and respect more than Peter Burwash.  Ellis decided removing the page wasn’t enough and she continued to demand money from his publisher and Peter. Matthew Chan wrote about the lawsuit threat and Linda Ellis was furious. It's important to know that before we came along, Ellis enjoyed the spoils of her scheme and only one person had gone public with the scheme and that was broadcaster in Canada. Ellis created a fake profile so she could post on the Linda's Lyric thread on and copied excerpts from the forum to use as "evidence" against Chan. The Linda's Lyrics forum is where Linda saw the Hearse Song and my comment, "We are coming after you".  The comment was made in response to her harassment of Peter. Peter’s story took us all the way to the Georgia Supreme Court. Ellis lost. It’s complicated but Matthew Chan wrote a brilliant 6-part expose on that case. Ellis came off looking like the fool and liar she is. List of media coverage of the Chan v. Ellis case.

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