Some of you may remember that I had to sue (tried to go the nice route first, I PROMISE you) a business owner up in Canada a few years ago for stealing the image of my 3 GEEKS characters and using it for his store logo, t-shirts, letterhead, website, etc. It took over 2 years, and thousands of my hard-earned dollars to take this numbnuts to court to prove that I had Copyright/ownership of the image, names and characters, and that he knowingly and willfully used the image without my permission.
The Canadian Courts ordered him to stop using the image and to pay me $4,000 for my attorney fees, plus damages.
He did neither.
My only course of action after he did neither was to, once again, hire a lawyer to go after him for the money. This, of course, would have cost me even more money and it still wouldn't have guaranteed that numbnuts paid me any money!!! I tried contacting the RMCP up there--nothing. The courts--nothing. It seems that the Canadian Courts are as neutered as the US Courts when it comes to punishing their deadbeat losers. So, since I was already out $4,000 plus, and didn't want to spend more $$ chasing a black hole, I decided to take my Copyright Victory and give up any dream of recovering lost funds.
This all happened about 3- 3 1/2 years ago.
So, last week my website hosting service informs me that numbnuts up in Canada has contacted them, saying that I have an illegal post on my website blog that's infringing HIS copyrights and that I should have to take down that page!!! Can you believe it?! So I'm suitably pissed off and email my website designer/administrator back asking, "WTF?!" He tells me, "Yeah, it's bull$#!t, but you have to counter his claim by tomorrow or they're going to remove the page."
So, I spend 2-3 hours writing emails, sending court documents, etc, proving that I'M THE VICTIM HERE! -- More of my valuable time and money spent fighting a fight I've already won!
So, I get the response back the other day.
The page stays up. And here it is for your reading pleasure... http://www.richkoslowski.com/blog/index.cfm/2012/4/15/COPYRIGHT-INFRINGEMENT-UPDATE
p.s. I should add quickly that since I won the lawsuit, and my blog and other interviews followed the lawsuit, that I have been contacted by no less than a dozen other victims of numbnuts sharing their stories of his criminal activities. One of the people was his own cousin who is currently suing him.