Fighting for freerecyling

TFN has no complaints process

I remember around 20 years ago, or more, coming out of a meeting and “discussing” with a colleague whether the number that was agreed on was 5 or 7. This was no more than five minutes later than the debate took place. We could not agree and needed to ask another attendee to confirm the exact number. Fortunately for my ego I was right in that instance. I am sure that if my ego let it I could find many more instances when I was in the wrong, but that is not the point. Continue reading

October 10, 2007 Posted by | cease and desist | , , | Leave a comment

Are you ready to leave?

Apparently today there was a posting on to THE freecycle modsquad that dared to question a view of TPTB regarding the Tim Oey SLAPP suit. Unfortunately TPTB decided, as usual to delete this posting. This to me is what makes this organisation an unhealthy one in that it is denying very relevant free speech. If you are questioning why you continue to keep your group with TFN, then you may be ready to leave The Freecycle Network. If this is the case then you may feel you want some advice. Continue reading

October 8, 2007 Posted by | freecycle, yahoogroup | , , , | Leave a comment

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.) Continue reading

September 28, 2007 Posted by | freecycle | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unfortunately TFN lost the case against Tim Oey

Well, I say unfortunately.  I guess the result will be seen as unfortunate if you are one of TPTB in TFN.  If however you are me, then in fact YOU WANT TO SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOFTOPS.

The Freecycle Network did not just lose, but they lost on all counts.  You can read more at the Ninth Circuit Blog in which is a  link to the PDF that has the complete decision.

September 27, 2007 Posted by | legal, trademark, yahoogroups | , | 2 Comments