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31  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resoluti on: April 02, 2007 04:30:00 PM
craft-matic, that's an awesome idea! i love it! hmmm....i wonder if you could just somehow do it in anonymous blog form. (the site urban counterfeiters comes to mind--http://www.urbancounterfeiters.com). or even have links to the letters that are hosted someplace else like chillingeffects.org

i may also be posting the letters that i got on chillingeffects.org, when i have the time, which won't be for awhile.
32  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resoluti on: March 24, 2007 12:52:37 PM
i know right, you would think that i hit on the next big thing or something....haha

it's strange too b/c the "3rd party company" had originally bought 2 pairs of earrings and only sent me a C&D for one, and now they are trying to come after me for the 2nd pair, which isn't even on my site (and i do believe they bought the only pair) anymore. maybe since in the end i ended up making money (b/c they bought 2 pairs of earrings from me, so i made like $14) they are upset. Wink
33  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resoluti on: March 24, 2007 07:16:53 AM
OK, so it's been about 2 months since this first C&D thing started and I just thought I'd share this, b/c i can't believe the people at this "third party company" sent me ANOTHER LETTER! This one is about another pair of earrings they bought (when the bought the first pair that started this whole thing, and I'm not sure that I mentioned, but it's a different brand). Basically they were like, "we see that you took down the 'Brand Blah-blah' earrings and stopped selling them, but we need in writing that you won't sell this brand anymore" WHAT!? so, of course my awesome awesome lawyer is on it, b/c legally, since i have representation, they can't contact me, and they did, but still, what the hell?!? now it's just harassment i think.

Just wanted to share, b/c i am just like, "huh?!?!"

p.s. since this seems to be coming back, and perhaps now i am under their "watch list" I'm glad i haven't mentioned any names!

p.p.s. even though i haven't mentioned names, i would like to warn any crafters out there using bottle caps (or bottles or cans), be they vintage or soda or beer, to be careful and prepared, i did a quick etsy, google, and ebay search and found quite a few people using the same brands that i did. it can be quite scary to get letters like this, and you should know your legal rights and be prepared to contact legal assistance. (and, please PM if you do get a letter maybe I can help).
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Toddler backpack on: March 20, 2007 03:53:17 PM
oh my gosh! i love it! and i also love that you feel that he's old enough to carry his own things. i work with 2 to 4 year old children and all day long they walk around and do all kinds of things for themselves, and sometimes when the parents come to get them, they just scoop up their kids and carry them to the car--(i know they are in a hurry..but) it seems like they forget they have "big kids" that can be/want to be very independent!
what a fantastic bag! i agree with someone else that said, i be he loves it!
35  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist...what should I do now?!? (EDITED w/ "Resoluti on: March 15, 2007 03:07:23 PM
novastarlet, thanks so much! that's so awesome of you, help out the "starving artists!" Smiley
36  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Finally, a sewing machine cover! on: March 11, 2007 12:02:27 PM
that is soooooo lovely! i really like how you added the pockets too! great !!!
37  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm stuck in a rut of shrinky dink pendants (pic overflowing) on: March 07, 2007 02:46:24 PM


I find the easiest way to spray-coat anything is to use a cardboard box with short sides; the top of a copy paper box is ideal for smaller items.  You can then easily transport them back inside for drying without messing them up.  No chance of newsprint getting on your freshly painted or sealed stuff, either.

great idea! (and i hadn't thought about modge podge smearing the ink)
38  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm stuck in a rut of shrinky dink pendants (pic overflowing) on: March 04, 2007 06:53:11 AM
your pendants are beautiful! i've had the same questions about "sealing" the ink on shrink plastic things i've made. i'm wondering about modge-podge. has anyone mentioned or tried that?

you (or someone) also mentioned burning holes into the shrinky dinks (post "shrinking" i assume?) something i do that seems to work is just take a hole punch to the plastic before putting it in the oven. it gives a nice round hole and is really easy. Smiley

great work!
39  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Re: buy, sell, trade clothing stores in the area??? on: February 21, 2007 03:15:02 PM
hey, awesome! thanks for the help. i'm still hording my old clothes! your info helps!
40  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: HELP! I got a Cease & Desist, what should I do now...???!?! on: February 17, 2007 05:51:38 AM
yeah, thanks again (can i say that enough?!?) everyone! i'm pleased with the outcome.

Though i emailed the band (via myspace) that i mentioned (in a post on page 7 of this thread and quoted below--and you can find links about in the edited first post of this thread) and they told me that they did end up paying the company $5000! i feel really bad for them, and just couldn't bring myself to reply back that i got a lawyer and didn't have to pay the company (b/c she pointed out all the flaws in their "case"). i'm almost mad for them b/c i think what this company is doing is not right, and the people/companies they are targeting are small and don't have a lot of money. ugh!


it seems that this company (the firm who sent the C & D on behalf of the multi-billion dollar corporation) is legit and quite serious.
i've been doing alot of research and found that this same company also served a C & D to a band (on behalf of the same corporation); and the band "simply" paid them--seeing this payment as a "fee" to not go to court, and to not be sued. i don't understand this, as i'm (relatively) understanding of taking down the offending jewelry, but to pay thousands, just makes no sense--not for a $7 pair of earrings (when the drinks cost almost that much).
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