Regarding the shutdown of our public Facebook pages: We were sensitive that some people (our friends and supporters) did not deserve the ugly and mean treatment we are getting. So, we sought to protect and spare them the assault and dirt slinging they were receiving by being caught in the middle.
It was such a virulent atmosphere us girls broke down in tears at one point. So the decision was made to take down the pages so that others would not have to experience that, too.
To set the record straight:
We have written and authored the online book on urban homesteading for the past 10 years and have reached millions and millions of people worldwide. Of course, urban homesteading is ‘old’ but we used it in a new and unique way and that is what is registered.
We are a nonprofit group that has promoted urban homesteading and asked that people use our urban homestead example in their own lives. However, as with most any book and/or publication, and as stated on the bottom of all our websites, the information and content contained on our online book is copyrighted.
We (and anyone else for that matter) do draw the line at the unauthorized use of our logos, pictures, phrases and original ideas (i.e. the 10 Elements of Urban Homesteading), and blatant ‘cut and paste’ entire portions of our website for profit and personal gain. You cannot use any information without permission from our website (or any other website) in a book without prior written consent. [Correction: Giving proper credit as to the source is also acceptable.]
These previous (and continuing) plagiarism behavior and total disregard for our urban homesteading work forced us to register trademarks to protect our intellectual property and life work.
There are many other organizations out there that everyone knows and love that are also have registered their organizations trademarks to protect themselves also from unauthorized use:
Urban Farming; Hobby Farm; Urban Farm; Biodynamic; Grow Biointensive; Edible Landscaping; Slow Food and many others.
What is a trademark?
A trademark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others.
What is a service mark?
A service mark is a word, phrase, symbol or design, or a combination thereof, that identifies and distinguishes the source of a service rather than goods. The term “trademark” is often used to refer to both trademarks and service marks.
FAQ: Can I use a registered trademark for my products or organization?
No, registered trademarks cannot be used. They can be used only in connection with that registered product and/or organization.
Examples of common trademarks:
Apple is a fruit but Apple® is a registered trademark for computers, computer software, computer peripherals, etc.
Nike is an ancient Greek Winged Goddess of Victory, but also NIKE is a registered trademark for sports apparel, etc.
More to come as we cut through the mob of misinformation….