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intellectual property

13 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to US Senate, Orrin Hatch, Peter Roskam

Paradise Papers - World Wide Tax Evasion in the Trillions

Tax Evasion of the Ultra Rich by off-shoring cash revenues and profits from untold sources have easily led to a tax burden over $3,000/year for every individual tax payer in the US.  Great Britain and EU it could be double this number! Update: 11/11/17 - Appears some companies are using off-shoring deals to make deals with embargo countries like North Korea and Iran.  World War 3 Nuclear proliferation risk! We need a special investigation into the Paradise Papers and the practice of "Double Irish / Double Sandwich" scam and "Treaty Shopping" If the companies and Ultra Rich individuals don't come clean, we should hit them in the pocket book by not buying their products and services.  The list is so huge we have no idea how far it reaches starting with: Apple  & Apple's law firm, Baker McKenzie & Carl Icahn  (one of 13 Allies of the White House) - 1 trillion Goldman Sachs  & Gary Cohn (one of 13 Allies of the White House) Majority of the banks & trading brokerages world wide.  Queen of England & Prince Charles & Prime Minister - Theresa May / Phillip May - Capital Group UK Brexit's Huge Financial Supporters - its a list on its own. Nike  - 3.86 Billion At least 13 allies, major donors and Cabinet members of U.S. President Donald Trump appear Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross - Navigator Holdings - Sibur (Russian Energy Co - owned by Putin's son-in-law Kirill Shamalov) Secretary of State Rex Tillerson & Exxon Mobile.  - 51 billion Google    Facebook - DST Global - A Kremlin-owned firm, VTB Bank Twitter - DST Global - A Kremlin-owned firm, VTB Bank US Army General Wesley Clark - Pokerstars Update:  11/8/17 - ...companies have stockpiled an estimated $3.1 trillion offshore, beyond the reach of U.S. corporate taxes.  Missed corporate tax of 20%  - $1,722 per everyone in the US. Update: 11/7/17 - Apple - Review of the US Federal 10-K (9/30/17) filing has no mention of Jersey.  Ireland comes up 122 times in the pdf.  "different geographic mix of earnings" is Apple's buzzword for this process of Tax Avoidance.  It claims no taxable movement of its intellectual property rights there were "moved" to Ireland and now have been relocated to Jersey?  10-K is silent on this from my review and thus appears to be SEC fraud?   Apple's Response:  "The iPhone maker insisted the new report contained several "inaccuracies" and said it made changes to its corporate structure in 2015, which were designed to preserve tax payments to the US, not to reduce taxes elsewhere." Another new term that will be coming up on national taxing authorities radar is "cross-currency interest rate swaps".  Appears to be another unknown legal tax strategy that could appear as outright tax fraud. The Tax laws may need to be changed - this is not a Russian Propaganda Issue, this is real serious cash hoarding on a level unprecedented!  Please Sign to give this the weight it needs so we all don't have to fund another $3,000 /year for our remaining life on our taxes. Since some of these companies are publicly traded in the US exchanges - this could also be an SEC violation for failure to notify stockholders in a timely matter.   Where were the public accounting firms who did the audit and had to ask the hard stockholder equity questions related to tax liabilities and then audit them? SEC member  - Jay Clayton - is called out in the Paradise Papers!! Sources:  1.  International Business Times  2.  List of Rich off-shorer's - that have been highlighted in this article  3.  Apple Details are emerging 11/6/17    4.  Bank of Utah - Orin Hatch's state - discreet niche business for Bank of Utah that allows wealthy foreigners to legally obtain American registrations for their aircraft while shielding their identities from public view. The bank does this through trust accounts, in its own name, that take the place of owners on plane registration records.  5.  Apple Response  - 11/7/17  7.  Update 11/8/17 -  8.  Double Irish / Dutch Sandwich 9.  Treaty Shopping - Namibia - Mauritaus Island - Atlantic Pacific Fishing (APF)  10.  11/16/17 - Phillip May - Husband to GB Prime Minister Theresa May

Rex Irby
29 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Ronan Gulstone, Arthur J. Espinoza, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, Carl Wilson, Benjamen Douglas, Earica Busby, Khalid Randolph, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Marilyn Kresky-Wolff

Campaign for Creative Dignity: Demand justice for LGBTQIA artist of color

In 2016, DC artist Lisa Marie Thalhammer approached fellow artist Aja to "collaborate" on an application for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' Public Art Building Community grant. Over a year later, after countless hours of negotiation and fighting for justice, Thalhammer stole the original design created and hasn't paid the co-creator, Aja, let alone given credit for the design that won her the $50,000 grant. The mural has been painted on the Open Arms women's shelter at 57 O Street NW, Washington, D.C. We ask for your signature so that Aja can receive payment and credit for designing the mural, so that grantor DCCAH and grantee Lisa Marie Thalhammer can be held accountable for exploiting this community of women of color, and ultimately so that we can keep fighting for the creative dignity of all artists. To learn more about this campaign, connect with others, and to reach the artist directly, visit our webpage. ~~~~~~ To Whom It May Concern at the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities, As a supporter of public art in DC, I am appalled at your recent decision to ignore the case of Aja Adams, an artist in the DC community. You refused to thoroughly investigate the case to ensure payment and credit to the artist, Aja Adams, who designed the piece painted on the Open Arms building at 57 O Street NW by Lisa Marie Thalhammer. Instead, you allowed the grantee to use the $50,000 grant for personal gain. As a taxpaying U.S. resident, I refuse to see my hard-earned dollars going to the pockets of Lisa Marie Thalhammer, who stole the work of Aja Adams, an LGBTQ artist of color residing in Northeast DC. If you really stood by the “Public Art Building Community” grant name, you as the grantor would do everything in your power to ensure the artist receives full payment for the design and credit for their work on the Open Arms wall at 57 O Street NW. Additionally, I expect you as a Commission see to it that the grant is used to benefit the women of color at the shelter, as was promised in the proposal. Thus far, it is clear that the Commission has favored the lies put forth by the grantee, without listening to the community. We are writing to put an end to this pattern of exploitation of communities of color by white artists under the guise of charity and community development. If the artist Aja Adams is not paid or given credit, I demand that the work on the wall at 57 O Street NW, Washington, DC be taken down as it is violating the rights of the artist, Aja.I am writing to you as part of a movement, and we are fighting for justice and artistic dignity. We are appealing to you not just for this case, but so that all artists of color who create works funded by the DCCAH and any other body can receive the same space, credit, payment, opportunities, and respect as the artists who take the work. Sincerely, Concerned community member

Aja Adams
1,398 supporters
Started 9 months ago

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   

Patheos Pagan writers
109 supporters
Update posted 10 months ago

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!

Food Not Lawns
726 supporters