Tonight, though, something happened that put Summit forever on my shit list. I checked in to the Twitarded gmail addy because it's the one where notification of purchases of Twitarded gear go as well as occasional reader emails, and I was surprised to see a dozen or so emails from Zazzle titled "Content Review." At first I thought someone had taken the time to write reviews of some of our items... Cool! But when I opened one, I was shocked to find THIS message instead:
Thank you for your interest in Zazzle.com, and thank you for publishing products on Zazzle.
Unfortunately, it appears that your product, Twitarded Just Heads Keychain, contains content that is not suitable for printing at Zazzle.com.
We will be removing this product from the Zazzle Marketplace shortly.
The details of the product being removed are listed below:• Product Title: Twitarded Just Heads Keychain
• Product Type: Key Chain
• Product ID: 146119197946031102
• Result: Not Approved
• Policy Violations:
o Design contains an image or text that infringes on Summit Entertainment's intellectual property rights. We have been contacted by Summit Entertainment with regards to your design, and at their request your product has been removed from Zazzle's Marketplace. For any further questions please feel free to email us below or contact Summit Entertainment at: www.summit-ent.com
We apologize for the inconvenience, a detailed description of the policies are located here.
If you have any questions or concerns about the review of your product, please email email@example.comBest Regards,
Content Review Team
That's right: Zazzle is deleting our Twitarded merchandise at the request of Summit Entertainment. The fuck?!
Some of you probably already know that Mr. Snarky created the design we use as out logo. Some of the products already removed were ONLY this design - no words, nothing else. A doodle with two cartoon-y vampire chicks. Period. Unless I missed the check from Summit and they purchased said design without our knowledge somehow, I defy Summit to tell me how Mr. Snarky's original design infringes on their intellectual property rights. Bring it, scrotum lips! [Creative Cursing book, I love you.]
Hey Summit - this was the first item you had Zazzle remove. I keep MY original artwork for this logo in a special spot on my dresser. Where do you keep yours??? I am DYING to know!!!
In the meantime, if anyone intends on buying Twitarded gear to wear/bring to the New Moon premiere, I'd suggest you do it before the end of the weekend. I love the idea of people out there sipping (and spewing) their beverages from Twitarded mugs, and sporting Twitarded t-shirts, jerseys, aprons, doggie tees - all that good stuff! We're not making tons of money from this - we get just the minimum % that Zazzle requires as a default - and at this point we have spent more buying our own shirts and assorted goodies than we've earned. So I'm not saying "Go buy stuff NOW!" out of greed. I just think it's a total bummer that some of the cool designs that Latchkey Wife worked up with us (ok she did pretty much ALL the heavy lifting here!) are either already trashed or headed for that big rubbish bin in the sky where deleted content goes to die (they started deleting items on Thursday of last week, continued on Friday, and I can only imagine that on Monday they'll pick up where they left off until there's nothing left).
You know what, Summit??? YOU'RE infringing on OUR intellectual property rights!!! You are interfering with our rightful - and lawful - ability to offer OUR drawing and logo for sale! And we want an apology! Why go after us??? I am baffled... And here I thought we were friends... I'm practically working for you on a volunteer basis, for cryin' out loud! If you want to make it up to us, it's not too late to bring us to the New Moon premiere in Los Angeles on November 16th. Oh and if you could arrange a little meet-and-greet with "a certain someone" [wink-wink], that would be AWESOME! We hear he gets a little nervous before events like this, and we just want to do our part to prevent a panic attack. JJ and I have been told we have a presence that is more calming than Jaspers! Oh and we want to fly first class, ok? Because you hurt our feelings. Bad.