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Troubles with our Merchandise March 18, 2011

Posted by Syd in What We're Up To.
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So, I know I updated our last post recently with a quick “stay tuned”, as I hope it would be resolved relatively quickly, but no. Here’s why:

So, yesterday Zazzle pulled our UnfollowCharlie merch from the store, citing a copyright violation of sorts, which we really couldn’t figure out.  Initially, we thought perhaps it was the little bird?  It’s similar to the twitter bird.  But, no.  The design itself is below:

And this, apparently, is why Zazzle can no longer sell this in their store:

Thank you for your e-mail to Zazzle.com.

We would love to offer every design that our users submit, however we must abide by all applicable laws and standards as well as our own content guidelines and copyright policies.

Unfortunately, your product was removed because it featured a design that does not meet Zazzle Acceptable Content Guidelines. Specifically, your product contained content that violates Charlie Sheen’s rights of celebrity/publicity. Charlie Sheen’s name and likeness are protected by rights of celebrity/publicity and may not be used on Zazzle products without permission.

We have been contacted by legal representatives from FEA Merchandising Inc., merchandising agent for Charlie Sheen, and at their request, have removed the product from the Zazzle Marketplace.

So, there it is.  FEA (that’s Live Nation’s merchandising company) had our shirts pulled because they somehow find the logo in violation of his celebrity/publicity.  Note that neither his full name NOR his likeness are included in the logo.

Furthermore, examples of t-shirts on Zazzle that are NOT in violation of his celebrity/publicity:

“Making Magic Like Charlie”, “What Would Charlie Do?” “Party Like Charlie”, “I Party With Charlie”.  Zazzle has over 3,200 items with a reference to Sheen, but ours was pulled?

The kicker is that the proceeds from the shirts was going directly to RAINN.

Check them out (if you didn’t on the past post).  Excellent organization if you want to donate.

http://www.rainn.org/

Needless to say, this situation is very frustrating (and that’s an understatement.)  Zazzle will not allow our product, but will allow hundreds of others (not products of FEA).   Enter a search into their search engine and see what products are available.  You can get a tiger blood onesie for your child!  Way to go, Zazzle.

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Comments»

1. thesporkgirl - March 18, 2011

i am pretty disappointment in zazzle. they can have whatever policy they want, but it should be enforced evenly. and if we can’t make money (for charity) by using a reference to charlie sheen, neither should anyone else. they are selling “goddess in training” toddler t-shirts. that’s sick.

2. Unfriend(ly) Lawyers, Unfollow Charlie | brandGEEK - March 22, 2011

[…] last Friday pursuant to a takedown notice from FEA, Live Nation’s merchandising company.  Zazzle’s response to their Baxter’s query about the takedown notice is posted on the unfollowcharlie blog.  […]

3. Shirley Ann Rawls - March 31, 2011

Great website….ALABAMA’s National Organization for Women (NOW)is with you 200% YOU ROCK!!! Keep us posted!!!


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