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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery (Pt. 2) The Conclusion!

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I know you all have been on the edge of your seats thinking about what happened regarding my last post Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery! (Riiiiight) Regardless, I do have a conclusion to my story:

After I wrote the company who had pirated my logo and tagline, I didn't really expect a reply, however, I did actually receive a response from the owner! Here's what he said:


Hi Craig,

Thanks for this, let me look into it.

When this project started, we commissioned all designs externally, for which we have a disclaimer document... Irrespective, I apologize.

At the same time, with this being a personal project, I no longer have the time to dedicate to this so if you know anyone that wants to buy this ready-to-use online t shirt store focused on combat and martial arts let me know.


Cheers



My response:



Thank you for your response. I appreciate you getting back with me regarding this situation. I understand that your designers randomly choose things to reproduce, but if …

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

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"Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery." ~Charles Caleb Colton

After Krav class a few weeks ago a fellow who trains with us asks when I started selling my t-shirts on line? 
"What?" I asked. 
"Yea, I saw our logo on a t-shirt being sold by some place in Europe. One of the shirts said LIVE - PROTECT - INSPIRE as well."
"Interesting..." I said.
Well folks it looks as though I must have "arrived" so to speak. Exactly where I arrived I don't know exactly, but somehow I've made enough impact to have my logo, words and philosophies pirated!

Yeah me!

As ego feeding as it may be, I must admit it feels a bit strange. Yes, I find myself feeling flattered, but somewhat misrepresented and possibly a bit exploited & violated.

Could I chase after them through legal channels to have them stop?! Possibly, however I chose to first write them a brief email communicating my feelings.
Here's what it said:
It is flattering that you w…

Learn Today Use Tonight

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Me (bald guy on your left) and the Crew at Pound Buddies Animal Shelter. Diana is the gal in the blue hoodie w/longer hair pictured second from right. www.poundbuddies.org

You have heard me say that sometimes we teach things that are learned today & used tonight, well here is a recent story of just that:

At a recent seminar I had a group of staff members from an animal shelter/adoption agency in Muskegon Michigan poundbuddies.org training with us. For most of them it was their first time exploring this idea of being an Professional Ethical Protector and training in defensive tactics. Although they have a strong protector spirit, they were looking for greater ethical clarification and some tools that they could use when dealing with conflict on the job.

You see due to the nature of their profession at the animal shelter people sometimes are very emotional and upset when they come into the shelter. Sometimes these emotionally charged people can be verbally and even physically abusive…

The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay

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One day I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us. My taxi driver slammed on his brakes, the car skidded, the tires squealed, and at the very last moment our car stopped just one inch from the other car’s back-end.


I couldn’t believe it. But then I couldn’t believe what happened next. The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us. How do I know? Ask any New Yorker, some words in New York come with a special face. And he even threw in a one finger salute! I couldn’t believe it!

But here’s what really blew me away. My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy. And I mean, he was friendly. So, I said, “Why did you just do that!? This guy could have killed us!” And this is when my taxi driver told me what I now call, “The Law of the Garbage Truck.…