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CafePress and Political Memorabilia Mocking the NSA

The best activist does not rely on private information to promote his or her campaign. This is especially the case when CafePress is used. However, humorous marketing can resolve such difficulties.

When dealing with CafePress, customers must keep in mind the obvious threat of being tracked by the NSA. The reason why is because CafePress allows easier access to media creation. Should too much infringement occur, a lawsuit is inevitable for the company. To avoid such consequences, all you have to do is create original logos. Doing otherwise results in what happened last November when the NSA discovered a logo altering the organization’s official seal was plagiarized.

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The seal of the U.S. National Security Agency. The first use was in September 1966, replacing an older seal which was used briefly. For more information, see here and here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Upon discovering this line of T-shirts, CafePress and its competitor Zazzle decided to take down the merchandise. Public Citizen later filed a lawsuit against the government. The plaintiff was Dan McCall, an honorable freelancer. His living depended on his unique line of shirts, coffee mugs and other political memorabilia mocking the NSA.

The government decided to take down the letters associated with their complaints. This should make marketing on CafePress an easier venture for political enthusiasts.

McCall has decided to fight back with another line for CafePress. The new slogan rips off of an original logo for Hilary Clinton’s campaign. What makes this problem obvious is how the same logo is used. The flag and font faces are the same as the PAC campaign.

Hilary and her team were not happy with CafePress and Zazzle’s moves. On June 1st, Hilary decided to send a series of letters requesting removal of the products. Both networks agreed. Public Citizen is now back to work. Paul Levy responded and as of Wednesday CafePress agreed to reinstate the artwork. Zazzle refused.

Levy also wrote letters to Hillary’s Ready campaign last week. What he wanted is for CafePress to rescind the original demand. According to him, action would result should a retraction not be made. His hope would be to receive a judgment for lost revenue and lawyer’s fees.
The attorney added how surprising such mistakes are. He feels really bad about the situation, but political enthusiasts have to learn how to create their own CafePress logos. He asserted how he did not want protected expression removed from the CafePress marketplace.

Success occurred during the midnight hour on Thursday. Ready decided it was going to retract its command requesting the removal of the items from the CafePress interface. Everything occurred on time as there was already a drafted complaint.

The Ready campaign did not comment upon our requests regarding the CafePress matter. However, the lesson of this experience should be clear: do not promote on CafePress unless you intend to create original logos. The template provided by the CafePress system can be used instead of extraneous art.

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How To Make Money Selling Products Online

If you are fed up of your current job or you are struggling with your finances then you might have turned your thoughts to making money online.  However this isn’t as easy as some people might have you believe.  It’s commonly thought that you simply set up a website, fill it will details of products and then suddenly you’ll be raking in the money.  If only it were that easy.

The costs involved can work out more than expected.  You need to factor in the cost of the domain, web hosting, web design, photography, credit card processing fees and shipping fees.  Please take the time to really think about these items because it’s going to impact how much profit you can make.

In terms of creating the website, there are a number of free options on the market such as ZenCart and CubeCart but these can be pretty basic and you can easily spend a small fortune buying various plugins and then having someone install them.  Luckily, there are also some very nice templates that can be purchased at not to much money but look very professional.

If you are going to get a web designer to create your website then you should think about getting someone from India because they are considerably cheaper.  You can find these people simply by searching on the internet or visit elance.com, rentacoder.com or odesk.com.  The obvious downside to this is that you will probably be in different time zones and there will also be a language barrier.

If you are buying products from a supplier who has really great product photography then this is great.  However if there aren’t any photographs you will need to take them yourself.  A lot of people on a budget try to take the DIY approach but the results end up being less than impressive.  Hiring a professional photographer will give you better results but you will have to pay for the privilege.

When it comes to credit card processing you should look at PayPal along with other companies such as AlertPay and 2checkout.  Have a look at their fees and work out whether you will have enough money left for profit.

Alternatives to creating your own website include selling on other websites such as eBay and Amazon.  The benefit of this is that they take care of creating the website however they do charge a fee which some people find quite steep.  If you are a artistic sort of person you might also want to look at CafePress and Etsy.

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