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I recently received this letter to my Etsy store:

June 11, 2012

Dear ____:

Recently, it has been brought to our attention that your company has produced, marketed and/or sold products containing the proprietary trademarks of one or more of our fraternity/sorority clients. We are contacting you because each of these organizations has contracted with Affinity Consultants to assist them in the growth and maintenance of their respective trademark licensing programs.

Pursuant to federal trademark law, any type of commercial reproduction of protected trademarks must be administered through a formal license agreement and approved by each respective Greek organization. These trademarks include, but are not limited to, the organizations’ Greek letters, name, nicknames, crest, badge and symbols.

We must also make you aware that neither members nor chapters of the various Greek organizations are authorized to grant commercial use of their organization’s trademarks and are required to purchase products exclusively from licensed vendors.

We must respectfully direct you to remove any listings containing our clients’ trademarks from your Etsy shop within two (2) weeks of the date of this letter. If any items are not removed within two weeks of this notice, we will contact Etsy’s Legal Department to remove or disable any infringing activity. (Etsy Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy: www.etsy.com/help/article/482)
In addition, please also discontinue any other form of marketing and/or sale of products containing our clients’ marks that you may be utilizing until you have received written authorization from the trademark owner(s).

To this end, if you are interested in using our clients’ marks in the future, we would require that you apply to become licensed by visiting www.greeklicensing.com. If you do not wish to become licensed, we respectfully request that you confirm that you will discontinue the use of our clients' marks. If you are buying Greek embellished products from a licensed manufacturer, please let us know the name of the company so we can verify their licensing status.

We understand that you may have questions or concerns, which I would be glad to address. I can be reached via email at natalie@affinity-consultants.com. I look forward to receiving your response and sincerely hope to receive your cooperation in removing our clients’ marks or to commence a successful and mutually beneficial licensing arrangement with you soon.

Sincerely,
Natalie

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Natalie Ghassemi, Trademark Licensing
Affinity Consultants
p: 760.734.6764 ext. 180
f: 707.202.0532
www.Affinity-Consultants.com
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Proven licensing, marketing, public relations and design solutions

Current Affinity Consultants clients:

Alpha Chi Omega
Alpha Delta Pi
Alpha Epsilon Phi
Alpha Epsilon Pi
Alpha Eta Rho
Alpha Gamma Delta
Alpha Gamma Rho
alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Alpha Kappa Lambda
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Omicron Pi
Alpha Phi
Alpha Phi Omega
Alpha Sigma Alpha
Alpha Sigma Phi
Alpha Sigma Tau
Alpha Tau Omega
Alpha Xi Delta
Beta Theta Pi
Chi Omega
Chi Phi Chi Psi
Delta Chi
Delta Delta Delta
Delta Gamma
Delta Kappa Epsilon
Delta Phi Epsilon
Delta Phi Lambda
Delta Sigma Phi
Delta Tau Delta
Delta Upsilon
Delta Zeta
Gamma Phi Beta
Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Alpha Theta
Kappa Delta
Kappa Delta Rho
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Kappa Kappa Psi
Kappa Phi Lambda
Kappa Sigma
Lambda Theta Alpha
Lambda Chi Alpha
National Panhellenic Conference
Omicron Delta Kappa
Phi Chi Theta
Phi Delta Epsilon
Phi Delta Theta
Phi Gamma Delta
Phi Kappa Psi
Phi Kappa Sigma
Phi Kappa Tau
Phi Kappa Theta
Phi Mu
Phi Sigma Kappa
Phi Sigma Sigma
Pi Alpha Phi
Pi Beta Phi
Pi Kappa Alpha
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Psi Upsilon
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Alpha Mu
Sigma Chi
Sigma Delta Tau
Sigma Kappa
Sigma Lambda Beta
Sigma Lambda Gamma
Sigma Nu
Sigma Phi Epsilon
Sigma Pi
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Sigma Tau Gamma
Tau Beta Sigma
Tau Kappa Epsilon
The National Society of
Collegiate Scholars
Theta Chi
Theta Phi Alpha
Theta Tau
Theta Xi
Triangle
Zeta Beta Tau
Zeta Tau Alpha

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My response to Natalie:

"Dear Natalie,
My sorority gift items on Etsy are removed.

From my experience, the girls that are in the sororities do not agree that they are not allowed to request a pillow to be made with the Greek Letters. They consider that their personal freedom.

By seeking out home crafters on Etsy with your warning, you are eliminating the small artist and taking away the unique and creative sorority sister gifts that the members want and seek out.

By sending out your letter to small artists, you are saying that we either have to have a big sorority merchandise business or nothing.  It cuts out the most special sorority gift creations that many sorority members search for.

I know this is probably just a job you have to do to make a living - , but it is very frustrating to all who appreciate one-of-a-kind, hand made sorority gifts. I am certainly not alone in these sentiments.
Cordially,
Julie"

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