Letter Recipients: You Are Not Alone — But You Are Now Informed

When you are attacked by Linda’s copyright team and decide to settle, evidently she requires a formal apology be posted on your website.  This makes it easy to find people that have been scared into paying up.  These are the Innocent Infringers.

The main goal of this blog is to help you stay off the list of victims in this post.  I have nothing but sympathy for the victims in this post as they did not have the benefit of the information on this blog.

The required apology includes:   Previously we published a poem titled, “The Dash”, without crediting the author. We recently learned that Linda Ellis of Linda’s Lyrics,www.lindaellis.net. Ms. Ellis owns and has registered the copyright to her poem.

So, a simple Google search shows that the following organizations were forced to pay her off.  The actual list is much greater as I am sure I didn’t find some groups and I certainly didn’t find groups that didn’t post her insipid apology.

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
Real Estate Management Corporation
United States Judo Association
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
Marco Island Civic Association
United Methodist Men
Community Partnerships with Youth, Inc.
July Drake Lyrics
Southern Plaza Homeowners Association
The Hindu
The Resilient Journey
Waukegan Public School District 60

For someone who has worked so hard to embed herself in the Christian community, based on this list, one might think that she is actually anti-Christian.  I only point this out to show how two-faced she is.

As you can see, she goes after weak, small organizations.  We all know how damaging those folks at the IOWA State USBC Women’s Bowling Association are.  I am sure they cost her a fortune.


Another’s Take on Linda Ellis and the Dash Poem

It is pleasantly surprising how much information there is on Linda Ellis and the Dash Poem  on Google.

I came across this post which provides the story of another victim (a school), and the author’s own take on the letter and strategies for dealing with Linda Ellis.


9/11 Victim Receives Linda Ellis Letter about her second 9/11 loss

April Brown, a prolific blogger on the Linda Ellis copyright extortion-letter scheme, was kind enough to share this victim’s story with me.   This is from an email that April received.  We both also have the letter that the victim received from Linda Ellis and I will be updating this post fairly soon with a link to the letter.  I added bold to two parts of the victim’s email.

We shared The Dash poem in a newsletter honoring my father-in-law after his passing. We received a letter from John W. Join on behalf of Linda Ellis demanding $7500 claiming we infringed on a copyright. As a family, we can’t believe that someone who claims to be an inspirational author would do this. We could fight back but so many challenges and sadness have completely drained our energy. You asked me to share with you what has happened since my brother’s passing on 9/11/01.

* 9/11 2001 My 30 year old brother died in the Towers.

* 9/11 2012 My father-in-law dies same day 11 years later.

* October 2012  – 3 weeks after father-in-law dies…

* My father’s rare cancer returns 5 years to the day. This time in his left lung. Previously bile duct.

* October 29, 2012 – Super Storm Sandy – Our summer home of 36 years is destroyed.

* My mother-in-laws summer home burns to the ground and so does my brother-in-laws.

* Holidays have been cancelled due to my father being in and out of the hospital and chemo taking any energy he has left.

* February 12 – Mom slips on black ice and breaks her wrist, no longer able to take care of house and dad for 6-8 weeks.

Thanks for listening to me today. (name withheld for now)

What is not in the timeline is that in early 2013, she received her letter from Linda Ellis demanding $7500.  I am saddened every day with what I learn.  It is late, time for bed.

Some artists might have just asked for attribution.  Some artists might have asked for the Dash Poem to be taken down.   Others, well – judge for yourself.