Fighting for freerecyling

Goodbyee, goodbyee, wipe a tear from your eye, dont you cryee

It is with great pleasure I have the most important announcement to make to this freecycling globe.

Following this post on fcnext, a certain company, hmm let’s see what was there name again… Oh yes that’s right. Yahoo. Oh, and what is that that is worth knowing… Oh, yes, that’s right.


What does this mean for The Freecycle Network (TFN)?

So mister DB, is’t it time to tell your trademark team they are REDUNDANT. They now have no nasty jobs of sending out C&D emails to hard working group owners whose only goal in life was removing items from landfill the good ol’ freecyclin’ way.

Oops, they do have one last job.  To write an official TFN news article apologising wholeheartedy for any hurt so caused.  And don’t get me wrong, you caused some very serious hurt.  Actually Mr Deron Beal, surely that should come from you.

The trademark team can rewrite the TFN manual and remove all trademark claims forthwith.

What does this mean for TFN group owners?

So TFN groups across the word isn’t it time to take that spurious and embarrassing (TM) epithet out of your group home pages. It never was appropriate for all ages and showed you up to be an embarrassment to society. Join the real world – now.  Don’t wait for the laggardly TFN powers that be to shamefacedly do the “right thing”.  Take action now.

What does this mean for non-TFN group owners?

This means anyone receiving a Cease and Desist letter should bin it instantly. Isn’t it time to change your group’s name to freecycle?

What does this mean for people writing blog entries?

Drop the (TM) before you get sued. Drop the capitalisation before you get sued. Sorry, only joking, no one would be so small and petty minded. Those days are gone. Hallel… Oops I’m not religious.


March 22, 2008 - Posted by | freecycle



    WHERE did you get this? Is it in writing?

    Comment by CV | March 22, 2008 | Reply

  2. I do have an email. Of course Yahoo is a huge company and what one part says is not necessarily going to be acted on in whole immediately.

    My other request is for TFN to just try. Come on, do you worst on my own freecycling group.

    Comment by andyswarbs | March 22, 2008 | Reply

  3. hmmmm,so i can/should delete the TM parts from my local group? wow i am outta the loop

    Comment by someonelsehasit | April 7, 2008 | Reply

  4. That is a big question. I certainly would not wish anyone to do this without their eyes being wide open and taking full responsibility. I am not a legal eagle, and am only offering my interpretation.

    I would do this on the basis of your own research and your own assessment of the judgements. Your interpretation might also depend on things like which country or state you live in.

    If you do decide to remove the TM then I would ensure that you at least have a backup of your members list first, and that is a sensible thing to do anyway.

    The bottom line is that no matter how many legal judgements go against TFN they make still act aggressively against groups. They have done so in the past regardless of whether that group even is a “freecycle” group. They have both sent out C&Ds and also reported groups to Yahoo.

    Even if you remove your TM and “get away with it” it may just be a fluke that your group is below their radar.

    In my opinion such nonsense will only stop when the various modsquads and OIDG stand up and say enough nonsense is enough. Therein lies the real power to effect a positive change – and nowhere else.

    Deron Beal has proved he will listen to no-one else. The problem is he quells any uprising by evicting modsquad and OIDG members and labelling them as somehow “bad”.

    Comment by andyswarbs | April 8, 2008 | Reply

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