Petition to Google, Inc, Holiday Inn, Ford, CRICKET WIRELESS, Lenovo, Wahlburgers , Hidden Valley, ge, Taco Bell, virgin
Ask Advertisers to Stop Supporting BuzzFeed Video's Idea Theft
ATTN BUZZFEED ADVERTISERS: As an internet native, a successful YouTube creator, a “millennial,” and your target demographic, I understand why you’d throw a large marketing budget into BuzzFeed’s Video initiatives. Their videos get millions of views and because of their low production value, are easy to turn around on a tight timeframe. I get it. It seems worth the investment. But BuzzFeed has been caught repeatedly stealing ideas, jokes, bits, gags, and therefore money from prominent YouTube creators. And we’ve all had enough. It's time to #StopBuzzThieves See for example: “Will It Waffle?” vs. BuzzFeed’s “Can You Waffle It?”In what is a blatant rip off, BuzzFeed takes from established blog-turned-book “Will It Waffle?” The premise is straightforward. It's Akilah Obviously's “How Black People Feel About” vs. BuzzFeed’s “Ask An Asian”In 2013 I created a short series called, “How Do Black People Feel About?” Where I’d answer user submitted questions on behalf of my entire race as a joke. In 2015, BuzzFeed had the same idea. TigerTomato’s entire channel vs. BuzzFeed’s “Artists try pancake art sponsored by Holiday Inn Express”I’m not an intellectual property lawyer, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night and I found it really shameful that any part of a marketing budget was allocated to BuzzFeed to steal an idea that TigerTomato could have improved upon for less money. Cut.com’s “100 Years of Beauty” vs. BuzzFeed’s “100 Years of” seriesThese ideas are the same down o the simplistic background choice and caption style. In the past few years BuzzFeed has hoped to acquire Cut.com but they chose to remain independent. There’s no question of how they were inspired to create this series. There’s also no credit given. It’s Akilah Obviously’s “How to Be an Introvert” vs. BuzzFeed’s “A Perfect Weekend for Introverts”While content about introversion is overwhelmingly prevalent on the internet today, sketch content about it is surprisingly bare. Imagine my surprise, then, when beyond an identical thumbnail came a video shot sequence that was identical to my work. This isn't parody. This isn't homage. This isn't a coincidence. This is a deliberate initiative on BuzzFeed's behalf to undermine the hard work of independent comedians, creators, and innovators in the online space. Beyond the obvious cut-and-paste of BuzzFeed lies a deeper issue; They are making millions of dollars from corporations like yours who aren’t well-versed enough to know that their work is fraudulent, and pumping it into their company--not even into the hands of their own creators. Prominent black YouTuber Kat Blaque described a time when she and other LA LGBTQ creators were emailed and asked to help brainstorm ideas for BuzzFeed Video without compensation for their time and input. “Then a few people chimed into the email chain and I couldn’t help but agree. One person asked “Are we going to be compensated for our time?” and went into depth about how often trans people work for free or very little and create these things that are profitable for cis consumption, but are never able to see compensation. This is a perpetuation of the oppression that marginalized minorities face and when you factor in Buzzfeed as an idea, it creates a situation where as a person with a voice that’s hardly heard, you feel as though you should be thankful for even having the chance. So you’re willing to work for very little or for free and who gets paid for your story at the end of the day? Cis white men. So who cares if you needed to pay rent or afford your medications for the month. Ultimately, you should be thankful for the chance and continue to work for free. When pressed on this, the trans guy in question said that Buzzfeed “simply didn’t have the budget” for consultants. In response, a fellow trans consultant said that “being able to work for free was a privilege”. BuzzFeed's choice to infringe upon the intellectual property of those more innovative has negative implications for culture as a whole. We aren't living in the golden age of television because people are good at copying video content and putting blonde hair on it. It's because more and more voices are being heard. And with Facebook announcing that its algorithm will begin prioritizing the posts of family and friends over those of brands and fan pages--there's no better time to invest your budget into individuals with talent, taste, and ability. Young people shouldn’t have to work for cheap, or for free, or have their videos stolen for the sake of BuzzFeed’s creatively bankrupt scheme. No one should have to work for exposure. People die of exposure. Don’t you think your millions of dollars would be better spent on original content from young creators with audiences and potential on YouTube? Do you know how much more of a return you’d get on your investment if you paid 50 top creators $20,000 instead of throwing a blind million at the untalented, underpaid staff at BuzzFeed Motion Pictures? Suggestions for how to spend all that money you saved when you stopped supporting the predatory content thieves that comprise BuzzFeed Motion Pictures: Worried it'll be too hard to find qualified content creators to rep your company? Try partnering with YouTube and talent agencies for access to qualified independent creators. Going directly to creators incentivizes media giants like CAA, UTA, ICM, etc., to sign digital talent and protect them with legal teams that can review contracts and ensure that their ideas are protected and compensated. If you want our brand loyalty, you need to be loyal to us. By continuing to support BuzzFeed video, you are complicit in the repeated, egregious theft of hundreds of millennials’ intellectual property. Consider this our collective cease and desist letter to BuzzFeed’s video department. We're not going to cower because of the size or reach of BuzzFeed. We refuse to let their creatively bankrupt business model become the new status quo. The era of BuzzFeed thriving on the backs of uncompensated, young talent is over.
Petition to Amazon.com, Amazon
Amazon stop letting people return ebooks after 15% read!
I'm a blogger in the indie book community. It's no secret that there would be no indie book community without our authors. They're the glue that holds it all together. In recent months, I've read multiple complaints from authors that people are reading and returning their books. Some of these people even have the nerve to tell these authors that they did it because they felt .99/2.99 was too much for ebooks. This insanity has to stop! They're blatantly stealing from authors and Amazon is sitting on the sidelines pretending it isn't happening. This is a huge problem when these indie authors are depending on these sales to pay their bills, or using them to fund other books. We need to prevent the return of books read past 15% along with refusing returns after a few days. We can't allow this theft to continue. By signing this petition you are not only supporting the indie book community but preventing the theft from more of our wonderful author's pockets.
Petition to Patheos , Jeremy McGee, Jason Mankey
Help Pagan Writers Get Back Control of their Intellectual Property from Patheos.com
In September 2016, the interfaith platform Patheos.com became associated with a number of right-wing organizations, like the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, and the American Center of Law & Justice, which promotes the criminalization of homosexuality. Patheos Pagan writers should not be forced to affiliate with or be seen to support these organizations, which are inimical to our values and hostile to our existence or the existence of our LGBT friends and family-members. For that reason, we are asking that our writing and other creative work be removed from the Patheos domain. Please sign the petition to help us get back control of our intellectual property from Patheos.com. Here is a copy of the letter that we sent to Patheos: Dear Patheos: We the undersigned former and current Patheos Pagan contributors hereby request that Patheos remove our names, likenesses, and our intellectual property, including our writing, art, and images, from the Patheos domain. We previously gave Patheos license to publish our writing, but Patheos is no longer the company that we contracted with. In September 2016, Patheos was purchased by Beliefnet, which is owned by an evangelical organization, BN Media. At that time, there were concerns among some of the Pagan writers at Patheos about the acquisition, because Beliefnet was known to have previously censored at least one Pagan blogger, Gus DiZerega. Although Patheos contributors received assurances that Beliefnet’s acquisition of Patheos would not change anything, in January 2017, writers received new contracts and were pressured to sign within two days, an unreasonable amount of time to allow authors to review the contract. Furthermore, this was not a contract renewal; rather, BN Media unilaterally changed the terms of the existing contracts. The new contract included greatly expanded editorial control over Patheos writers. In addition, the new contract explicitly forbade disparagement of Patheos or any related company. This prompted an investigation of what companies Beliefnet is related to, which revealed that Patheos is linked with a number of right-wing organizations, including the National Rifle Association, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Focus on the Family, Gun Owners of America, Promise Keepers, Concerned Women for America, the American Family Association, and the American Center of Law & Justice. For many of the Pagan contributors at Patheos, these affiliations are morally problematic. The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) provides just one example. The connection between Patheos and the ACLJ is a matter of public record. Both Patheos and Affinity4 are BN Media brands. Affinity4 funnels charitable contributions to the ACLJ. In addition, Jeremy McGee, who is President and COO of Patheos, was also on the Board of Affinity4, together with Jay Sekulow, who is Chief Counsel for the ACLJ. The ACLJ promotes the criminalization of homosexuality in Africa. This conflicts with our deeply held religious values. For many of the Pagan contributors at Patheos, the agendas advanced by these right-wing organizations, like the ACLJ, are morally repugnant. Though the terms of the contract were revised to prohibit disparagement only of Patheos and Beliefnet, many of us find the connection of Patheos, through Beliefnet, to these organizations to be unacceptable. For this reason, among others, many of us have left Patheos. For those of us who have signed below, it is intolerable that our work continues to be associated with and, potentially, financially benefit those organizations. We should not be forced to affiliate with or be seen to support, through our work, organizations which are inimical to our values and which, in many cases, are hostile to our existence or the existence of our LGBT friends and family-members. For this reason, we ask that our names, likenesses, writing, art, images and other contributions be removed from the Patheos domain. Sincerely, Catharine Clarenbach, Nature’s Path Christopher Scott Thompson, Polytheistic Monism Dana Corby, The Rantin’ Raven Drea Parker, Wild Garden Elinor Predota, A Sense of Place Erick DuPree, Alone in Her Presence Holli S. Emore, Wild Garden James Lindenschmidt, A Sense of Place Jasmine LunaMadre, Dear Jasmine John Halstead, The Allergic Pagan Lupa Greenwolf, Paths Through the Forests M. Macha NightMare, Wild Garden Nimue Brown, Druid Thoughts & Pagan Leadership Pat Mosley, Common Tansy Rhyd Wildermuth, A Sense of Place Sam Webster, Pagan Restoration Shauna Aura Knight, Seeking the Grail Taylor Ellwood, Socially Responsible Magic Traci Laird, A Sense of Place Yvonne Aburrow, Dowsing for Divinity
Petition to Facebook
Facebook: Give the "Grow Food Not Lawns" page to the real FNL organization.
Food not Lawns was founded in 1999 by Heather Jo Flores and others from the local Food Not Bombs chapter in Eugene, Oregon. Since then we have been advocating turning lawns into gardens and neighborhoods into communities around the globe. In 2006, Heather Jo Flores published the book, Food Not Lawns, How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden and Your Neighborhood into a Community, and from there, the movement really started to blossom. Since Facebook started, our official page there has been www.facebook.com/foodnotlawns. We also have an awesome International discussion group at www.facebook.com/groups/foodnotlawns.official HOWEVER:In 2012, "Grow Food Not Lawns" started a Facebook page, aggressively promoting their agenda by posting memes and political propaganda on everything from food politics and GMO's to "Kids who grew up in the 70's." Upon closer examination, it was obvious that most of the posts linked directly to "RealFarmacy.com." Owned by "RealFarmacy," the page located at In 2012, "Grow Food Not Lawns" started a Facebook page, aggressively promoting their agenda by posting memes and political propaganda on everything from food politics and GMO's to "Kids who grew up in the 70's." Upon closer examination, it was obvious that most of the posts linked directly to "RealFarmacy.com." Owned by "RealFarmacy," the page located at www.facebook.com/growfoodnotlawns serves the purpose of driving click-through traffic to their profit-driven website. In addition, their pages contain large volumes of plagiarized material: writing and photographs taken from reputable writers in the sustainability movement and reposted, edited, and labeled with the Grow Food Not Lawns mark without any credit or links to the original source. (Numerous examples available upon request.) Heather Jo Flores has received dozens of complaints from supporters of the Food Not Lawns movement who were offended by content from "Grow food not lawns" and mistakenly thought it was affiliated with the book and organization. When contacted by Heather Jo Flores in 2012, the owner of RealFarmacy, Eamon James Cahall, acknowledged starting the Grow Food Not Lawns page after reading the book. But later, this February, he lied about that fact and filed a fraudulent date of first use on his trademark application (USPTO serial #86530292) stating that he had founded the organization in 1982, the day he was born. Through hiring a lawyer and petitioning the USPTO, we have been able to negate the fraudulent application and have now secured this trademark for the legitimate Food Not Lawns network, but "Grow Food Not Lawns" continues to plagiarize, lie, and profit from the illegal use of our name. We are petitioning Facebook to support us, but it is a long and arduous process, costing thousands of dollars paid by Heather Jo Flores out of pocket. Sign this petition to ask Facebook to give the fraudulent Grow Food Not Lawns Facebook page to the legitimate organization. Food Not Lawns is for the people, not for profit! And we do not plagiarize ideas, words or images from other activists. Imagine the good work we can do when we have access to the large amount of followers there! Instead of posting clickbait and stolen articles, we will be able to promote real, on-the-ground community work!
Petition to Shire City Herbals, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Revoke Fire Cider Trademark
Fire Cider is a traditional name for a blend of herbs used by thousands of herbalists worldwide. The name was coined and copyrighted by Rosemary Gladstar in her books. Trademarking this name is like trademarking the word "pizza".
Petition to Drew Faust, Lawrence Bacow, James Breyer, Kenneth Chenault, Susan Graham, Nannerl Keohane, William Lee, Jessica Mathews
Free Nampeyo: Lift the Injunction on "In Search of Nampeyo" and drop all charges.
At Harvard's invitation, Steve Elmore wrote In Search of Nampeyo, The Early Years 1875 - 1892 for the Peabody Museum Press. The book documents for the first time the many ceramics by the great Hopi potter Nampeyo in their Keam Collection. In 2014, Harvard rejected the book, but returned in writing "all rights" to Mr. Elmore and recommended that he publish elsewhere. He acted exactly as Harvard recommended and published the book at his own expense. In Search of Nampeyo has received four national book awards and many positive reviews for its new paradigm of Nampeyo’s early life. So, Harvard sued him—in federal court. They claim, among other charges, that he violated their copyright by hiring an artist to create colored illustrations of pottery designs of Hopi ceramics in their collection. WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT HARVARD LOST THEIR COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT CASE AGAINST IN SEARCH OF NAMPEYO. THE JUDGE SPECIFICALLY NOTED THAT HARVARD CANNOT COPYRIGHT HOPI POTTERY DESIGNS OR FORMS. This overreaching is hardly an isolated incident of Harvard's arrogant behavior toward Native Americans. During his research visit to Harvard, Steve Elmore brought a contemporary Hopi potter and descendant of Nampeyo to see the collection. During her visit, the Director of Collections repeatedly tried to get a DNA sample from this potter without the slightest effort toward informed consent or even explanation of what he was doing. Mr. Elmore is still fighting Harvard's Breach of Contract and False Designation of Origin charges. Despite having returned "all rights" to Mr. Elmore and recommending that he publish elsewhere, Harvard is claiming that Mr. Elmore had no right to publish the photographs he took in the Peabody Museum at Harvard in order to demonstrate his thesis. They also claim that the merely identifying the location of the pottery as the Keam collection at Harvard's Peabody Museum implies that Harvard has endorsed Mr. Elmore's book. The book now is under a temporary injunction until the case is settled. Harvard refuses to honor its contracts and instead chooses to pursue a vindictive and frivolous lawsuit against the book and Mr. Elmore. We call upon the President and Fellows of the Harvard Corporation to drop their suit against In Search of Nampeyo and let the public decide its value, and to investigate the behavior of Harvard's Peabody Museum staff in this serious matter of suppressing an individual researcher’s constitutional rights of freedom of speech, and freedom of the press, and denying Native Americans knowledge of their own history.