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DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 6:46:10 PM

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People who are not writers often wonder why I tend to be rather vigilante about people using my 9/11 poem without giving proper credit...I always make it a point to tell people the correct thing to do is give proper credit, so the world doesn't think it's some anonymous poem...not that poems, or stories ever write themselves...though the general public sometimes appears to think they do...the reason I get annoyed when people post it without crediting me, and it happens way too often...like a recent Facebook post with over 900 shares, is certainly not that I wish to deny its use to the world...hardly...but rather people thinking it is somehow in the public domain leads to situations like what I'm facing at the moment...and I realize I may be preaching to the choir here...

Anyway, yesterday I became aware of someone taking my poem, rearranging it, adding a few lines...and posting it on a site claiming they wrote it...I informed the site owners, and they were very responsive...a good thing...

Saleh Gadi <salgadi@gmail.com>
10:23 PM (16 hours ago)

to me
Sear Mr. Jankowski,

We really apologize for the error, and we thank you for bringing thie
to our attention. We take such unethical violations very seriously and
we would remove the moment we discover the violation even if you
didn't ask.

We have removed the the entire content that included the plagiarized
poem. And we have banned the person who did that from ever posting
anything at awate.com .

We have been put in such precarious situation and we apologize for that.

Thank you

Saleh Johar
Miriam Was Here ... so were the human traffickers
Visit: www.miriamwashere.com


All this would be fine...except when I checked the link where it was posted...read the comments, as they are still there...

Calendar Featuring Eritrean’s Political Prisoners
http://awate.com/calendar-featuring-eritreans-political-prisoners/

Yes...you read that right...there are 3000 calenders printed up with the poem credited to Bereket Yohannes...not a good thing...I got this note earlier, apparently they want to talk...

On your 9-11 poem
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Ghezae Hagos <ghezae_hagos@yahoo.com>
9:38 AM (7 hours ago)



to me, Bereket, Bereket

Dear Mr. Jankowski,

My name is Ghezae Hagos and I can be contacted at 204-293-xxxx.

I am writing this message in respect to your 9-11 tribute poem that my friend Mr. Bereket Yohannes has used in remembrance of Eritrean victims, posted in awate.com . We really apologize for this and we would like to contact you about it.

You can send us your phone contact address, or you can call me at the aforementioned number.

All the best,
Ghezae Hagos


I don't believe the publishers were aware of any wrongdoing...Bereket was solely at fault, I believe...the question is how should I proceed from here? I need to take the high road, obviously...should I insist all the calenders be destroyed? Or, should I let them be sold with a sticker explaining the situation, and financial comp...

I just became aware of all this earlier tonight...haven't talked to an attorney or anything...just thinking about this is enough to drive a guy to drink, not that it takes much btw...this is really the type of mess I would rather avoid at all costs...

And here's screen shots of everything...had the foresight to take screen shots of the original post btw...it shows here in three parts...




And the screen shots of the comments...which are still visible at that link btw...for now, anyway...



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DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 9:36:28 PM

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And the saga continues...someone in Canada just sent me these links btw...

Canada taking steps to expel Eritrean diplomat, Baird says – Incl Bereket Yohannes’s intv with CTV News
http://assenna.com/canada-taking-steps-to-expel-eritrean-diplomat-baird-says-incl-bereket-yohanness-intv-with-ctv-news/comment-page-1/

And a picture of the plagiarizer himself...

Refugee hopes to raise awareness of Eritrean plight
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/our-communities/herald/Refugee-hopes-to-raise-awareness-of-Eritrean-plight-102887499.html


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rolandlytle
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 10:27:36 PM

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Sorry to here about your plight. Is there anyway we can help?

You can't get there from here, because when you get there you're still here and here is now there.
DirtyMartini
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:12:09 PM

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rolandloops wrote:
Sorry to here about your plight. Is there anyway we can help?


Not that I can think of at the moment, but thanks...right now, I need to sleep on this...too much for tonight, but I believe this can be resolved reasonably and peacefully...I hope anyway...


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Sherzahd
Posted: Monday, September 30, 2013 11:56:41 PM

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Usually it's hard to prove copyright of written work, but all the exposure your poem has gotten over the past few years does count in your favour. The problem with copyright law is that even if you prove ownership, it could get tied up in litigation for years and cost you more than you will gain, but not everyone is aware of that.

If it were my poem - and one that's so popular - I would not let it go. The least you should get is an apology in writing, an offer for them to either pull the calenders or add an addendum stating that the poem is revised from the original work of... and you could try to claim some of the profits. All worth a try, but talk to a copyright lawyer about it first.

Don't just let it go this time, the way you did in the past with the Lyrical idiot.

“Many people hear voices when no-one is there. Some of them are called mad and are shut up in rooms where they stare at the walls all day. Others are called writers and they do pretty much the same thing.”


DirtyMartini
Posted: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 4:28:11 AM

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Sherzahd wrote:
The least you should get is an apology in writing, an offer for them to either pull the calenders or add an addendum stating that the poem is revised from the original work of... and you could try to claim some of the profits.


Yeah, those would be the two alternatives...and your pal Lyrical Idiot did get his book pulled eventually...someone else's doing though admittedly...

I wrote Ghezae late last night...haven't heard yet from him...just got this though...apparently it was an "oversight" but it is a written admission of fault, so that's good...

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bereket yohannes <bereket_ab@yahoo.com>
7:10 AM (12 minutes ago)

to me
Hello Mr. Jankowski,

Please accept my sincere apology for plagiarising your poem. It was an oversight on my part that I take full responsibility for. I read the poem and was very impressed by its universal message. I found it be fitting to Eritrean prisoners of conscience. While engaged in the project to commemorate the prisoners of conscience, I was lured by the idea of adopting it to honor the Eritrean prisoners of conscience.

My deepest apologies for my actions.

Thank you,


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DirtyMartini
Posted: Wednesday, October 2, 2013 3:29:21 AM

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Alright...this whole thing actually has a happy end...the whole thing is annoying, I shouldn't really have to deal with crap like this, but it all came to a satisfactory resolution...

Here is what I wrote back to Ghezae...


Alan Jankowski <exakta66@gmail.com>
Oct 1 (1 day ago)

to Ghezae
Hey Ghezae...I had thought that this issue was resolved when the poem was removed from Awate. but it seems there's the matter of the 3000 calenders that have been printed...I'm not quite certain how to address that issue at the moment...in the meantime, I've taken screen shots of everything and posted them...
http://www.storiesspace.com/forum/yaf_postst1322_One-of-my-worst-nightmares-come-truemy-911-poem-being-used-for-commercial-purposes.aspx

I haven't really consulted with my attorney...I'd really prefer to have to avoid that route, and come up with an amicable solution, as I believe you would as well...it would seem to me, that there can only be two ways at this point to proceed...either all the printed calenders are destroyed, or some sort of sticker, or additional printing be added with an explanation, along with some financial compensation...

I'm trying to find out from some others who may have been in similar situations...I will get back to you though, and I think you can see that those would be the only reasonable solutions...

I do believe that Bereket is the guilty party, and it's perfectly reasonable that neither you or Awate were aware of his wrongdoing...still, a wrongdoing has been done, and a reasonable solution must be found...

Regards.
Alan W. Jankowski


And this is what he wrote me back yesterday...I can live with this...like I said, I shouldn't really have to go through this crap though, and the reason I took all these screen shots and created these forum posts is to cover my bases...essentially, I prepared for the worst...

Ghezae Hagos
11:25 AM (19 hours ago)

to sal, salgadi, Getu, semere42, me, Bereket
Dear Alan,

Thank you for your understanding. It means a lot to us.

We had decided to remove the poem entirely and put photos of prisoners instead. That will effectively solve the problem. It is very good timing as the calendars were yet to be distributed.

Please allow me to give you a bit background about this project. We are members of an advocacy group called Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change- North America. We have chapters in many US and Canadian cities. Our members are volunteers. Our objective is to raise awareness about the gross human rights violations that exist in Eritrea. Eritrea currently has one of the most repressive regimes in the world today.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news/eritrea-rampant-repression-20-years-after-independence-2013-05-09

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/eritrea-10000-political-prisoners_n_3243933.html

The calendars were part of the campaign to increase awareness of the human rights violations and to honor the prisoners of conscience. We have covered the expenses out of our pockets and there is no financial remuneration or benefits associated with the calendars. Neither Bereket Yohannes nor the project managers will get any financial benefits. If any, we will definitely incur costs, but we expect that. The reason I am mentioning this because we want to you to have a clear idea of what we are doing.

Dear Alan, we thank you for your understanding and support. We are glad we nip this incident in the bud. We apologize for any mental anguish, unnecessary distractions we may have caused you.

We wish you greater success in your artistic and personal endeavours.

All the best,
Ghezae Hagos for Eritrean Youth Solidarity for Change- North America


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DirtyMartini
Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2014 9:15:16 AM

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Well...it looks like the thieving bastards lied to me...came across this last night, while doing a search for my 9/11 poem...

Assena Calender - September 2014
http://assenna.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Aster_2014-Cal.-main-cover.pdf

My next step is to contact the Attorney General's office in Canada, since that's where the parties responsible are located...and I believe it could be a criminal matter as well...

On a more happy note, while searching...I did find some more nice stuff...like my poem being read at a 9/11 ceremony sponsored by New York state Sen. Marty Golden, so that was rather nice, especially since it is in NYC...note the correction at the bottom...they originally had me as "Frank Jankowski"...but after a comment, tweet, message to the site, and a phone call...they finally fixed that...

Hundreds gather on 69th St. pier to remember 9/11 victims
http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2014/9/12/hundreds-gather-69th-st-pier-remember-911-victims

It was read at a junior college in West Texas...

SWTJC - 9/11 Ceremony
http://www.swtjc.edu/newsletter.php?id=916

At a women's club in Connecticut...

Woman’s Club of Greenwich Honor Those Who Sacrificed on 9/11
http://www.greenwichfreepress.com/around-town/giving/womans-club-of-greenwich-honor-those-who-sacrificed-on-911-22663/

It got Tweeted by a Human Rights organization to over 21k followers...which I thought was pretty cool...note the cool picture...

Human Rights - We Shall Never Forget
https://twitter.com/HumanRtsV/status/509820499363254272

And a lot of little stuff...including one politician running for senate down in North Carolina...

Krawiec NC Senate - We Shall Never Forget
http://www.joyceforsenate.com/index.php?p=article&nid=32

A ton of people using it, or parts of it, on Facebook and the like without giving proper credit...including an Army Base for a wreath laying ceremony...but, what ya gonna do?







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