THE MEDIA HAS SPOKEN
The most powerful media venues such as CNBC, USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Breitbart, Yahoo, FOX, CBS, NBC and ABC are among the many places which have reported the trial where Marsha Petrie Sue, an Arizona Speaker and author was found liable for copyright infringement by a unanimous jury in a Federal Court in Los Angeles.
In reporting this story,the media has clearly sent a message that this was a newsworthy story and a very important message for everyone to hear. It said that copyright infringement is a serious issue. It spoke of how someone boldly stood up and fought for their rights and took that fight all the way to a United States Federal Court and won. It said that a jury unanimously agreed that Marsha Petrie Sue was a copyright infringer.
A FEDERAL COURT JURY HAS SPOKEN
The sweetest words to my ears was when the verdict was read. Below are the exact questions which were read and the exact answers to those important questions- “YES”
A SENSE OF EMPOWERMENT
It is a very powerful and moving experience to stick up for your rights. Doing so has empowered me. I will carry that for the rest of my life. It was a very moving experience to sit in a courtroom for three days and watch the American justice system in action. The system works and I am living proof that it does work.
Each day I was motivated by the beautiful large American flag that was in front of me in the courtroom. For me, it was the ultimate symbol of truth and justice and the foundation what this wonderful country is based on. Every time I looked at the flag, it gave me hope and courage.
My intention in going to court was not about the money or to get a windfall. Instead, it was about truth and justice. I felt very strongly about it. I have worked very hard all of my life. I have made a lot of sacrifices in my life and I have never taken the easy road or the simple way out.
So when I saw someone do word for word copying of my work without giving me proper attribution, refusing to apologize, or to make things right, I had no choice but to exercise my legal rights.
Marsha Petrie Sue wrote a book in 2007 called ‘Toxic People.’ In that book she had wrongfully copied my material in my ‘He Says She Says’ book which I wrote in 1992.
The jury of eight unanimously agreed with the fact that Petrie Sue did indeed wrongfully copy my material.
Coincidently, I also wrote a book called ‘Toxic People’ in 1995. One day while doing a search on Amazon.com, I stumbled across Marsha Petrie Sue’s 2007 book that had the same title as my book, ‘Toxic People.’ That is how I learned that her book contained my material from ‘He Says She Says.’
Needless to say I was shocked. I have written fourteen books and they are my life’s work. My books are filled with a lot of information that have helped a lot of people. The countless phone calls, emails, and letters I have received throughout the years are testimony to that.
If someone is interested in using some of the materials from any of my books or blogs for that matter, I have no issue with that. But you must contact me first to get my permission. No one can simply copy my work without giving me or anyone else from whom they copy, proper credit and hope that I won’t find out.
Marsha Petrie Sue not only copied my material and placed it in her book, she took my copyrighted material and put it in her website and claimed it as her own. In addition, she stated on her site that she gave people permission to use my material only if they mentioned her name and gave her credit.
I NOT ONLY STOOD UP FOR MYSELF I STOOD UP FOR EVERYONE WHO CREATES ANYTHING!
I stood up to Marsha Petrie Sue and her behavior and I did it in a Federal Court. I not only stood up to her for myself, I stood up to her on behalf of anyone who creates something.
Whether you are an author, screenwriter, songwriter, composer, sculptor, artist, illustrator, fashion designer, furniture designer, auto designer, poet, architect, photographer, jewelry designer, shoe designer, or anyone who has developed something from your own creation, you have a right to defend what is rightfully yours.
My legal victory is not just for me. It is for you too. I fought on behalf of you as well. I kept you in my heart and in my thoughts throughout this entire ordeal.
It has now been a week since I set foot in Judge R. Gary Klausener’s courtroom and watched him sit high above on his bench in his regal black robe as he ruled on various technical legal matters.
It has been less than a week since my fabulous intellectual property attorney Eric Bjorgum of Karish and Bjorgum articulated so eloquently and passionately on my behalf. His wonderful words were healing and will continue to resonate within me for a lifetime.
This was not an easy task by any means. But it was well worth it. I have come away from this experience more motivated than ever to be a voice for people. I am blessed to now be able to serve as an example to empower others in letting them know that they never have to feel victimized and that they have recourse through the justice system.
And on a final note, I say God Bless America!” I’m so happy and so proud to live in this wonderful country where we can send a message about improper copying. www.drlillianglass.com