|NOTE: Since this release was issued, we have been unable to resolve the issue and the legal avenues available are not economical, so Multi-Media International has gotten way with this theft. Since this was posted I have recieved numerous emails from writers and photgraphers whose work was either plagerized or who were never paid for work produced for or sold to Multi-Media International. Anyone who does business with Multi-Media International should be warned; they will screw you, they are as dishonest as they come. You do business with them at your almost certain risk and loss.|
December 18, 2001
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Multi-Media International, LLC (1359 Broadway, Suite 1203 New York, NY 10018, 212-244-0559) has plagiarized significant amounts of copyrighted work from the Equipped To Survive Web site, publishing it in a "special edition" magazine titled "America On The Move" that has been distributed nationwide. We have received reports from loyal Equipped To Survive readers from coast to coast after they recognized the plagiarized material when glancing through the publication on local news stands.
The plagiarized material is contained in a "Family Survival Guide" inside the publication. The 30-page "Family Survival Guide" includes 23 pages of text with illustrations, 21 pages of which contain plagiarized material from Equipped To Survive. The stolen material includes nearly 12,000 words of text and some images.
Conspicuous notice of copyright is provided throughout the Equipped To Survive Web site, as well as a compilation copyright notice for the entire Equipped To Survive publication located on the home page. No request to use the material was ever received from Multi-Media International, nor was permission ever granted to Multi-Media International for the reproduction, distribution or any other use of this copyrighted work. Nevertheless, Multi-Media International has reproduced and distributed the work in its publication.
A demand for payment and invoice was sent to Mr. Michael Levine, COO of Multi-Media International, on November 26, 2001. The payment due date has passed without receipt of payment and without substantial response. Douglas Ritter, Editor of Equipped To Survive, said "we plan to pursue this extraordinarily blatant theft of material from Equipped To Survive until we receive appropriate and full compensation. There is no possible excuse for this to have occurred."
Equipped To Survive is the most comprehensive online resource for independent reviews of survival equipment and outdoors gear, as well as survival and Search and Rescue information. Equipped To Survive does NOT sell equipment. The Equipped To Survive Web site is a non-profit educational endeavor edited by noted survival authority, Douglas S. Ritter.
For more information, contact Doug Ritter.
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Publisher and Editor: Doug Ritter
Email: Doug Ritter
First Published: December 18, 2001
Revision: 01 December 23, 2004
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