You may remember a while ago I posted about forums and being banned from them, essentially I was banned from a forum that was allegedly set up by guys that had been banned from all the popular forums – it is called the River Clyde Forum. While I was a member there I witnessed people being bullied and one fishing shop retailer being victimized so much that his shop was closed.
Anyway, the story of my banning is here.
I posted my story and then forgot all about it – I thought it was a funny story to post that happened to me and I moved on. However things took a sinister turn.
I received an email a few weeks ago entitled:
IMAGES & COMMENTS REGARDING R.C.F
The email reads:
Good day Alistair, just had a look at a part of your blog.
Please remove the 2 banner images immediately from it, these images are copyright of R.C.F
If we find any slanderous or false comments regarding River Clyde Fishing Forum you will not be long in hearing from our lawyers & also we will be in contact with ‘wordpress’.
We will give you 24hrs to remove these images.
River Clyde Admin
Good grief – I was quivering in my boots, my cornflakes spluttering from my mouth. “Lock the doors” I instructed the wife – the heavy mob will be around in a minute. In actual fact I ignored it for a couple of hours however then decided to point out that they were talking pish considering copyright is totally different from trademark – I still have no idea why they would contact wordpress.
So I said:
Dear River Clyde Admin ,
I am aware that your banners were found after a competition seeking an appropriate logo for your site.
Logos are protected by trademark law, not copyright, and fair use of a trademark is not the same as fair use of copyrighted work. The reasoning behind fair use in either instance, however, is similar as it protects a fundamental right of free expression. Fair use allows the use of a logo without seeking permission from the trademark owner.
Urbanflyfisher.com is a personal news and opinion blog which has been recognised internationally – I have no idea why you would wish to contact WordPress however if it is because I use that software then you may wish to contact Scottish Power as they supply my electricity.
I must add that I find your accusatory tone regarding slander offensive – If the offending material is published in some fleeting form, as by spoken words or sounds, sign language, gestures and the like, then this is slander. Writing an opinion on facts on a personal blog is not.
Alistair – Urbanflyfisher.com
Like it? Graham is from Australia so I get to say we are internationally recognised – love it!
I then received a reply:
your comments have been noted, we will be in touch.
River Clyde Admin
Eh what? Literally two minutes later this arrived:
Good evening Urbanflyfisher (Alistair),One of our admin team has passed on the email with regards to the use of the River Clyde Fishing logo’s and screen shots of the forum.
We are happy for you to continue to use our banner on your blog, as you have said, you are recognised ‘internationally’ so we will be glad of the exposure.
As for contacting Scottish Power, we also think that would be a bit harsh on our part so we will not take that avenue.
Have a good evening
River Clyde Fishing
Oh – thanks for stating the obvious “River Clyde Fishing” , the only thing I missed in the final email was an apology for wasting my time. You see, The River Clyde Forum is trying to make itself sound a lot more “official” than it actually is – we are talking about a few guys that strung a site together here, not a company with a team of lawyers behind them. I get annoyed these days about folk that are unable or unwilling to write their actual name at the end of something they have wrote – what it means to me is that what they have just wrote means not a jot.
Anyway, it is Friday thank goodness and we have a mere 48 days until a trout can be caught on the Kelvin. In 48 days I should be able to tie up (going by my tying rate over the last 4 months) absolutely no flies.