Freecycling

Fighting for freerecyling

Subject: Notice of Infringement Date: Tue, 7 Aug

According to Yahoo Terms and Conditions you must behave correctly when using trademarks, and TFN keeps their copyright team busy ensuring this clause is managed. On the 7th of this August month one group received the following notice from Yahoo:

Freecycle has notified Yahoo! Inc. (“Yahoo!”) that one or more trademarks proprietary to Freecycle are used in connection with the Yahoo! Group FreecycleXXX. Freecycle has further notified Yahoo! that the Freecycleolympia group is not authorized to use the “Freecycle” mark(s) in question at:

Group Name (URL)
Title
Description

Yahoo! respects the rights of both its users and the owners and rights holders of intellectual property. Accordingly, Yahoo! intends to
expeditiously remove or disable access to the mark(s) in question.

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT UNLESS THE MARK(S) IN QUESTION ARE REMOVED FROM THE GROUP NAME, TITLE AND/OR DESCRIPTION, OR ACCESS TO THE MARK(S) IN THE GROUP NAME, TITLE AND/OR DESCRIPTION ARE DISABLED WITHIN FORTY-EIGHT (48) HOURS, YAHOO! WILL DISABLE ACCESS TO YOUR GROUP.

In order to change your Yahoo! Group name, title and/or description, please follow the instructions below:

1. In the control panel on the left navigation bar of the Group, click on the Management link.
2. Under the Group Settings, click the Description & Appearance link.
3. Under the Web Address heading, click edit to update the Group name (URL).
4. Click the Save Changes button when you are done.
5. Under the Description heading, click edit to update the title or description
6. Click the Save Changes button when you are done.

Through your participation in Yahoo! Groups, you agree to abide by the Yahoo! Terms of Service, as well as any additional Terms of Service applicable to you. The current Yahoo! Terms of Service may be reviewed at: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms. Pursuant to Section 6 of the Terms of Service, Member Conduct, the use of Yahoo! services to “upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights (“Rights”) of any party” is prohibited.

As you know, Yahoo! may terminate any and/or all services and accounts without notice. This notice is provided to you as a courtesy. Without waiving or limiting any rights or remedies Yahoo! has or may have, as the listed owner of the group, you are hereby advised that our receipt of another notification of infringement alleging the infringement of another party’s intellectual property in connection with this group may result in not only the suspension of the group, but the termination of all of your Yahoo! services as well as the deactivation of your Yahoo! ID.

If you believe that the Freecycleolympia group was designated by Freecycle by mistake or misidentification, or if you believe that the group has not infringed upon Freecycle’s trademark rights, you may contact Freecycle directly at:
Email: trademark@freecycle.org
Regards,
Copyright Agent, Yahoo! Inc.

Note that Yahoo’s goal here is NOT to delete your group – so simply disassociate yourself with an organisation that does not deserve your or your members’ support and you are good to go. Oh, and by the way, look out for that AstroTurf group that probably already exists and warn your members that you do not advocate them to be associated with same. Ask them if they want to exist in the world of Big Brother that Deron seems to perpetrate, or do they want freedom.

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August 13, 2007 - Posted by | cease and desist, trademark

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