The Twilight, Zazzle, Summit Trifecta
Today has been an interesting day. I went to an amusement park with some out of town relatives that rarely visit. We ate popcorn, went on rides, got soaked on one called the Boston Tea Party and had an all around fantastic time. About mid-afternoon, as I sat waiting for my kids to finish eating/wearing their ice cream, I thought I’d check my email. I noticed I had one from Zazzle, the site that hosts the merchandise store for my blog, about a shirt that was called “TFG Vampires Do Not Sparkle Tee”. It was the TFG Logo with the words Vampires Do Not Sparkle on the back and they were deleting it from the store at the request of Summit Entertainment for IP infringement of the Twilight franchise.
This wasn’t a request for me to change something, or a request for more information. It was a notice that, without any real explanation, they were deleting the item. I responded by asking how the shirt was infringing on their IP and they sent a form email that didn’t explain anything. I tried again and guess what? I got the exact same email. During that time, they lived up to their promise and deleted the item from my store. I’ve sent one last email directly through Zazzle’s online help and I’m hoping this will pass the eyes of a human being who might actually, you know, explain how the shirt was a problem. I am doubtful, but more than that, I am really, really angry. Just like Marvin Martian but without the cool scrub brush helmet.
Could I have referenced Twilight in my original item description by saying it’s horrid, the vampires are wimps, and I’d like to push Bella off a cliff? Possibly, but I don’t think so, and even if I did and that was giving their lawyers fits, then I’d have changed it without any fuss. Instead, Zazzle deleted the shirt. Now, I’m not making a fortune on the items in my store. This has nothing to do with losing money, but everything to do with getting pushed around because I’m the little guy. And despite what the folks from Summit over at @Twilight might think I stand by my assertion that “Vampires DO NOT Sparkle“. I should remind them right now. What about you? #thelittleguy