Fighting for freerecyling

We are not here to try to close TFN, and never were

If I can quote from the 43(B)log post regarding the Oey versus TFN decision in favour of Oey,

Also, Oey didn’t disparage TFN’s goods or services; rather, many of his statements “appear aimed at ensuring the ongoing success of TFN and its services.” He said things like, “Let everyone know that TFN does not need to control freecycling for TFN to be successful”; “[Keeping the term ‘freecycle’ in the public domain] fits well with a ‘viral’ marketing approach to freecycle. People hear about it and want to know where it came from–which will lead back to [TFN] without strong trademark enforcement. It will also generate lots of goodwill”; and “My alternative also has consequences but I firmly believe it is a much better choice for [TFN] in the long run.” (TFN might consider itself damned with faint praise.)

So, watch my lips. I want and need TFN to continue. Let me repeat that, I want and need TFN to continue. But the only way it can and ever will do that is when it stops this divisive capitalist approach of trademarking which has alienated volunteers and split the movement to the core.

That is pretty well what Tim Oey was saying from the beginning, that is what almost every vocal and alienated moderator has said thereafter. Tim Oey would have continued saying that, but Deron shut him up. Yes, during the term of this court case Deron was able to deny Tim Oey the right of free speech on this matter.

Whether it is Tim or me, or someone who might be denegrated by Deron as an fcnexter or darksider; or in the future moderator that becomes alienated because of trademark claims leading to Cease and Desist, leading to dragging Yahoo through Deron’s mire, whatever and whoever it is this issue will not go away. It will not go away because of some kind of orchestration my some kind of group, but spontaneously because of the needs of the movement.

September 28, 2007 - Posted by | freecycle | , , , , ,

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