Yeah, so if you bought one of these babies or came to acquire one through some other dark and unspeakable act (I'm looking at you, Kevin Wolf), you should know it just became a collector's item of sorts. So, you know, maybe don't wear it while beheading chickens anymore.
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to: Kirk Starr
date: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 3:11 PM
subject: Zazzle Content Review: "The R'lyeh Thing" Dark Tee
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We will be removing this product from the Zazzle Marketplace shortly. The details of the product being removed are listed below:
• Product Title: Cthulhu – The R'lyeh Thing
• Product Type: Shirt
• Product ID: 235698612861750512
• Result: Not Approved
• Policy Violations: Design contains a trademarked image or text. If you are interested in purchasing Official Licensed Merchandise from Zazzle please visit: http://www.zazzle.com/brandsDesign contains an image or text that infringes on intellectual property rights. We have been contacted by the intellectual property right holder and at their request we will be removing your product from Zazzle’s Marketplace due to intellectual property claims. We apologize for the inconvenience… If you have any questions or concerns about the review of your product, please email email@example.com
from: Kirk Starr
to: "firstname.lastname@example.org" <email@example.com>
date: Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 5:42 PM
subject: Say it with me: parody… pa-ro-dy…
To whomever gets paid to read this:
My "Cthulhu – The R'lyeh Thing" design is clearly parody and is altered significantly from the original Coke logo. I obviously don't have the powerful lawyers Coke has, so I have no realistic recourse, but I did want to let you know how disappointed I am in Zazzle for being so quick to judge against the small private artist and kowtow to the impotent threats of giant corporations.
Anyway, while you're at it, why don't you go ask Bally Midway if they have a problem with parody? You might have to delete my Bass Invader products, as well.
Oh, and give Angus Young a call. See if he gets his knickers in a wad over my AD/HD t-shirt design.
I suppose next you'll be telling me a contingent of zombies has requested I remove all art with any reference to the undead.
Pretty sad, Zazzle. Pretty sad.
Victim of Censorship
from: Zazzle Customer Support <firstname.lastname@example.org>
reply-to: Zazzle Customer Support <email@example.com>
to: Kirk Starr
date: Wed, Oct 7, 2009 at 9:38 AM
subject: ZZZ:Zazzle Content Review: "The R'lyeh Thing" Dark Tee [Incident: 091006-001441] from Zazzle Customer
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