When Lawyers Get Involved, It Always Means Trouble
As many of you can attest – my focus on this site over the past few years has been to help others get more from the simple organization system known as Bullet Journal. I first saw Ryder Carroll’s YouTube video back in 2102 and immediately got on board using the simple system.
At that time, there was little that Ryder was doing to teach others how to get more from the system. There was a Google Plus Community that mostly contained artsy-fartsy type formatting. I saw a market that was going unserved and so I authored a quick and free guide that did just that.
The guide led to an premium online course delivered via email and then a book and two reports that taught students how to use the system for both business and in the college/university setting.
Enter the Cease and Desist Letter
At no time in the past few years did I ever receive a blog comment, a tweet, a Facebook comment or an email from Ryder in an attempt to establish contact with me. Had he done so, I would’ve kindly replied and spoken to him without objection.
Today I received an official cease and desist letter from his attorney requesting that I cease immediately from any commercial operations whereby I would infringe upon his copyright. Even though the letter failed to demonstrate exactly how I had infringed upon his copyright, I have no problem desisting from said activities. If anything, I helped draw more attention to the system and the shortcomings in terms of training.
Had Ryder extended to me the courtesy of a conversation, the same outcome would’ve been reached, albeit in a less threatening and more gentlemanly manner. I mean, who needs to spar with lawyers and shit when a kind request would do the same thing?
The Page Turns
As it stands now, in order to comply with the request from Ryder’s attorney I’ve removed the links and references to The Bullet Journal Power User Guide & Reports from this site. It’s not an inconvenience for me. I’ve long had a diversified approach to income generation and this is but a small part of my overall approach.
I’m going to give this domain a rest for a while before deciding how to move forward. I have other businesses to operate and I’ll put this one on the back burner so-to-speak for a while. The blog articles relating to Bullet Journal have also been unpublished.
Good luck in your Bullet Journal endeavors and if you have a question, you can always ask me by using the same contact form the attorney did.
It’s here. 😎
Thank you for your loyal readership; It’s been a pleasure serving your Bullet Journal needs.