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Matthew Chan

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ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« on: February 18, 2013, 06:02:50 PM »
This thread is for the purpose of adding ELI testimonial letters as I receive them. The immediate use is to show them to the judge at my court hearing.

From Oscar Michelen
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127295626/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Oscar-Michelen

From Ron Tranmer
http://www.scribd.com/doc/125820196/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-by-Ron-Tranmer

And one from Joe S.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126103870/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-by-Joe-S

From Alberto Zevallos
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126324470/ELI-Recommendation-Letter-by-Alberto-Zevallos

From Ian Cohen
(Signed & Sealed version & Text only version)
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126325884/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-by-Ian-Cohen-Signed-Stamped

http://www.scribd.com/doc/126326464/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-by-Ian-Cohen-Text-version

From Greg Troy
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126338358/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-by-Greg-Troy

From Nicole Olson
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126512433/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Nicole-Olson

From April Brown
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126605351/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-April-Brown

From UncleJohnsBand
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126656200/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-UncleJohnsBand

From Bernice McKenize
http://www.scribd.com/doc/126767751/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Bernice-McKenzie

From Stu Mulligan
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127258898/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Stu-Mulligan

From S.G.
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127265280/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-S-G

From Jerry Witt
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127465715/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Jerry-Witt

From John Sheu
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127508382/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-John-Sheu

Although testimonial letters on formal letterhead is great and a big plus, it isn't necessary. I will accept email testimonials or anonymous post testimonials.  I take any I can get as long as they are legitimate and authentic. I need them by February 28, 2013 so I can show them to the judge.

Thanks for everyone's help!
« Last Edit: February 27, 2013, 01:08:42 AM by Matthew Chan »
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2013, 07:56:21 PM »
I just received another ELI Testimonial through email. I was asked to remove identifying information for the purpose of forum posting.

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02/18/2013

 
To Whom It May Concern:

Although I have never personally meet Matthew Chan, I can say that he has given me and other members of the extortionletterinfo.com website a way to discuss, vent and learn about the lawyers, companies and people involved in copyright extortion tactics.

Linda Ellis and her lawyer have contacted a large amount of people with letters written in a form of extortion and demand payment upon receipt of the letter; For using her copyrighted material. She is now being called out by the forum because what she is doing is morally wrong and corrupt. She does not send a cease and desist notice, she DEMANDS payment! People need to know that they do not need to pay someone just because they say so. It is my first amendment right and duty to speak up and discuss these issues with everyone willing to listen because I and others find her ways of using lawyers to extort people for money offensive!

We need more people like Matthew Chan to bring these types of people out into the open. Long live Liberty.

Sincerely
Shawn M. - Cincinnati, Ohio


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« Last Edit: February 19, 2013, 10:51:46 PM by Matthew Chan »
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2013, 10:53:03 PM »
Thank you John from California for this great testimonial letter! John asked me to remove identifying information for the purposes of posting it here. However, he provided his full name and address for my copy that I will submit to the court.

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To Whom It May Concern,

I was recently the victim of an attempted $2000 extortion over two small images I used on a free blog for singers.  Upon receiving the letter I immediately found Matthew Chan and his Extortion Letter Info site.

As a small business owner I am indebted to Matthew Chan and the ELI community.  They are truly providing a service to business owners everywhere who are increasingly being targeted over innocent infringement.

I know Matthew routinely suffers the wrath of companies and individuals, who have turned the threats of lawsuits on small business owners into a lucrative profit center.

Linda Ellis in particular has gone after Matthew and the ELI forum.  She is obviously not interested in free speech and the sharing of information as this is damaging to her business model of financially fleecing churches and bereaved families over innocent infringement of her short poem.

A personal story to illustrate what Matthew is fighting for: A friend put the lyrics of Paul McCartney’s song “The End” on her mother’s headstone.  As fate would have it, she met Mr. McCartney on a flight a few months later.  When she told her story he was so touched he grabbed her hand and asked her to sit with him and talk.  This world famous musician was genuinely moved by what his lyrics meant to my friend in her time of grief.  Linda Ellis would have presented a demand for $7500 to be followed by escalating threats and dollar amounts.

Widows, non-profits, churches, the list of Linda Ellis' victims continues to grow.  This is what Matthew Chan and ELI fight against every day. I, for one, am glad he is there.

John H. - California


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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2013, 10:54:08 PM »
Alberto Zevallos provided a wonderfully-well written ELI Testimonial letter tonight.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/126324470/ELI-Recommendation-Letter-by-Alberto-Zevallos

All PDF testimonial letters will be uploaded to Scribd for storage. Those links are being added to the top post to make it easier for newcomers to read and use as inspiration for their own letters.
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #4 on: February 20, 2013, 10:16:28 PM »
April Brown Spence submitted her excellent ELI Testimonial this afternoon.

Letterhead version

http://www.scribd.com/doc/126605351/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-April-Brown

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TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

I’m writing this letter in support of the Extortion Letter Info forums and specifically Matthew Chan.

In 2011 I briefly shared a poem entitled The Dash on a blog. The author of the poem, Linda Ellis demanded that I pay her $7500 via an email. To make a long story short, Linda Ellis has run havoc on my personal and professional life, and specifically my online accounts. The list of acts and attacks is long. I consider Linda Ellis deceptive, unethical, and irresponsible and a bully.

Matthew Chan and the Extortion Letter forums (ELI) are instrumental in exposing the practice of copyright trolling and the people and companies that scour the Internet looking for copyrighted content. ELI is vital to exposing this horrific abuse of a loophole in the copyright law. As an example, once The Dash poem is discovered in an unauthorized post  (simply shared with friends, families and associates) Linda Ellis and John W. Jolin begin a long and high pressure letter writing campaign that may or may not include the unethical  and unlawful practice of filing false DMCA notices, multiple letters to an employer, letters to clients, and Google ads defaming the offender.  Ellis and Jolin use a variety of scare tactics and misrepresentations to collect – all devises outlawed by bill collectors.

Extortionletterinfo.com is the only resource that specifically supports victims of the Linda Ellis scheme for extracting money with her aggressive and intimidating letter writing campaign. Victims document these actions on the ELI forum.  This information is an essential resource for attorneys and individuals who wish to prepare a defense.  Members share satire, legal documents, analysis and first hand accounts of the intimidating tactics John W. Jolin and Linda Ellis initiate. These public disclosures monitor and memorialize the extortion activity and help members prepare for and respond too the attacks to their online accounts and other entities.

I applaud Matthew Chan and the members of ELI for their honesty, diligence and professionalism. The Eli community is transparent, truthful and investigative and shining a very bright light on this injustice.

Sincerely,

April Brown, CEO
Charity Auction World
« Last Edit: February 21, 2013, 12:52:46 PM by Matthew Chan »
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #5 on: February 21, 2013, 01:27:17 PM »
Sorry, I am a little late to this (work has been busy). Matt, I will send you a PDF on letterhead, but meanwhile here is the text of my letter:

Link Update by Matthew Chan:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/127465715/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Jerry-Witt
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Thursday, February 21, 2013

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing today in support of Matthew Chan. In 2009 when I was faced with a copyright "demand" letter from Getty Images, I discovered his site, ExtortionLetterInfo.com. It's a community and support group for people that have been hit with copyright claims that are disproportionate to the damages. With his help and the help of others on the site, I was able to formulate a response that got the legal representatives for Getty Images to leave me alone. Over the last several years I have come to know him and consider him a friend. I have also continued to participate in the community.

ExtortionLetterInfo.com is a clearinghouse of useful and constructive information about the practice of copyright trolling and how one might defend against an extortionate claim. That is why people involved in copyright trolling go out of their way to find ways to shut the site down.

I'm not going to spend too much time in this letter pointing out the ridiculous claims of stalking. I trust the court will see through this. What I would hope the court would do is find a way to penalize Ms Ellis for wasting both Matthew Chan's and the court's time.

I do not know Linda Ellis. However, over the course of the last few years her practice of seeking outrageous fees for infringing on her sing-song poem, The Dash, have become quite well known. Hundreds of people internationally have been hit with letters demanding thousands of dollars (usually $9000). These include bereaved family members, schools, funeral homes and condo associations. Matthew and others on the site sought to point out the disproportionate nature of her copyright claims. But at every turn Ms Ellis has sought to prevent this information from getting out.

Here are some actions that I understand have been taken by Linda Ellis or her agents:

• The extortionate nature of her business was originally exposed by a member of Matthew's site, April Brown. Linda issued a bogus DMCA complaint and had Ms Brown's entire YouTube account taken down.
• I'm told Linda Ellis complained about April Brown to her husband's employer.
• Linda Ellis issued a DMCA takedown notice to Matthew's Scribd account regarding a document shared for commentary. When Matthew disputed this claim, Ms Ellis did not counter.
• Linda Ellis complained to Matthew's previous ISP about the same issue she presents to the court. This led to Matthew having to migrate the site to a better host.
• She now is attempting to pursued the court that Matthew Chan is "stalking" her when they have never met and Matthew has never threatened her.

It is my opinion that Linda Ellis is trying to use the court to attempt to stifle free speech. I hope that Matthew will request reimbursement for his time, expenses, and fees for defending against this frivolous action. I hope the court will see fit to grant that. The only way to curtail people from tying up the judicial system is to send a clear message that such frivolity has a cost.

Thank you,

Jerry Witt
Owner
Motion City Films
Santa Monica, CA
« Last Edit: February 26, 2013, 07:36:03 PM by Matthew Chan »
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #6 on: February 22, 2013, 12:02:34 PM »
Another great testimonial letter was faxed to me this morning and added to the list.  Thank you, Bernice!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/126767751/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Bernice-McKenzie
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2013, 06:37:05 PM »
Mulligan, I received your testimonial letter today and the $50 ELI Contribution! Thanks so much for helping me in the cause!

http://www.scribd.com/doc/127258898/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Stu-Mulligan
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013, 11:31:02 PM »
My partner-in-crime, Oscar Michelen, wrote and offered up his incredible testimonial letter to the court.  It is a testimonial letter that is unique and unmatched. I am tremendously flattered, stunned, and nearly speechless. Needless to say, it will go on the very top of the stack for the judge and court.

http://www.scribd.com/doc/127295626/ELI-Testimonial-Letter-Oscar-Michelen
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Re: ELI Testimonial Letters Needed for Upcoming Court Case
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2013, 05:07:09 PM »
I WISH YOU GOOD LUCK .

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« Reply #10 on: February 28, 2013, 05:08:14 PM »
My English is way to bad to write a letter. It would do no good :)

 

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