Garfield – Revoking Permission after Granting Permission

Dear readership, you might have noticed that Garfield is absent from my blog. There is an explanation for this.

Jan 21st, 2007 I contacted Paws, Inc., the company owned by Mr. Jim Davis, the creator of “Garfield” regarding permission to use the character Garfield on my personal blog. Paws owns all copyrights in the “Garfield” comic strip and characters.

On Jan 23rd, 2007 my request for permission was granted, subject to including a copyright disclaimer and a statement that Garfield was used with permission of Paws, Inc in which I did. General Counsel for Paws, Inc stated that they reserved the right to revoke permission in the future, but such revocation would have prospective effect only.

Today, April 4th, 2007 I received an email that effective immediately, they were revoking permission for me to use any of Paws, Inc copyrighted characters, or trademarks after receiving several complaints.

I know who sent those complaints.  I have a copy of the emails and my correspondence with Paws Inc.

Quoting from the email that I received Jan 23, 2007. “Your requested permission, set forth for reference below, is granted, subject to including the following copyright line:  “Garfield” Character:  © Paws.  Used by Permission. We reserve the right to revoke this permission in the future, but such revocation would have prospective effect only.”

Email received April 4th 2007, “Rose, effective immediately, we revoke permission to use any of our copyrighted characters, or trademarks. We have received several complaints.”

I have not done anything wrong. I complied with their first wishes and I have now complied with their second wishes. I’m disappointed and appalled that a company as large of Paws, Inc would listen to the words of internet trolls. After feeling as though I have been convicted of a crime I did not commit, I realize that it happens. I know that I have done nothing wrong.  My opinion of this company now is that I boycott Paws, Inc. As for Garfield, I will always be a fan.

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