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United Media
Peanuts

Hall Of Shame Member
Added May 23, 2003

Last Updated February 7, 2010

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In November, 2003, United Media took exception to Tabberone making items from Peanuts fabric and then selling the items on eBay.

On November 14, 2003, upon orders from United Media, eBay terminated six auctions by Tabberone.

You can view two of these auctions, 3252338822 Snoopy Soccer Fabric Iridescent Fleece Quillow and 3252338454 Adorable Baby Snoopy Fabric Quillow.

No one to take this sort of thing lightly, Tabberone immediately emailed United Media demanding a reason as to why the auctions were removed. United Media replied with the usual line of tripe about derivatives, copyright and trademark infringement, etc. They refused to restore the auctions.

On November 18, 2003, Tabberone filed a counter notice with eBay concerning the auctions. As is her custom, she filed the counter notice while on the way to the Federal Courthouse in Denver, Colorado, to file a federal lawsuit against Untied Media, Civil Action No. 03-D-2298 (PAC).

On February 3, 2004, United Media agreed to a settlement in which United Media agreed to rescind the auction takedowns and not to interfere in future auctions by Tabberone involving the use of Peanuts fabric. 2½ months from lawsuit to settlement by yet another self-righteous legal department with no real concept of fair use and the first sale doctrine. Another billion-dollar company that didn't want to try and litigate the issues because they knew they would lose. Another VeRO bully who attacked non-infringing sellers thinking no one would ever stand up to them.

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