More bent censorship from Universal Medicine & Phoenix GlobalPosted: March 25, 2015
Universal Medicine continues its campaign of internet censorship, continuing to pay now infamous Gold Coast private investigation agency Phoenix Global to make false complaints of defamation, copyright infringement and now trademark infringement in an attempt to wipe critical content off the net. Except WordPress isn’t wearing it, and Serge’s pet lawyer, Paula Fletcher had tried it before.
UPDATE April 13, 2015: Zach Featherstone’s attempts to cleanse Phoenix Global’s Wikipedia page.
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Many reading will remember the Streisand effect that kicked off when skeptical bloggers and forum hosts learned bogan messiah, Serge Benhayon, had hired Phoenix Global, and its offshoot, Internet Reputation Australia, to bombard Google Australia with bogus defamation and other complaints. At no point has Sergio or his team of lawyers, Paula Fletcher, Cameron Bell, Serryn O’Regan, and barrister, Charles Wilson, served us with a legal notice, yet Google has removed more than forty webpages from the Google Australia search index. Our skeptical friends were not impressed, and made it a mission to help expose UM and its trade in sleazy occult quackery, including by establishing the Universal Medicine Wikipedia page, which the cult promptly and unsuccessfully attempted to vandalize.
As glorious serendipity would have it, the day I blogged about the webpages censored from Google, head of Phoenix Global, Mick Featherstone, was arrested on charges related to alleged fraud and kidnapping, as part of an ongoing investigation by the Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission. Featherstone’s clients include convicted fraudsters and a child rapist, and he’s been linked with outlaw motorcycle gangs and a betting software scam. It’s fitting that his firm should be hired by the oh so Truth-full Sergio, who tells his followers not to associate with anyone who drinks a glass of wine, or eats dairy products, lest it bugger up their ‘energy’ field and allows an entity to ‘enter’ them, or rape their children.
Phoenix Global have been on the cult payroll for two years now. After Paula Fletcher managed to get us wiped from the Google Blogger platform, we began anew on US based, WordPress, who, unlike Google Australia, require a court order to close down blogs. When spamming WordPress with defamation complaints didn’t work, Sergio the bullshitter and Paula not on the payroll Fletcher of Universal Law, brought in Phoenix Global, who managed to whitewash Google search, and had my Facebook pages shut down to UK & Australian viewers.
Because Australian & UK law allows cults to censor the internet, and Google and Facebook don’t give a toss.
WordPress, on the other hand, takes free speech seriously, to the point of legally pursuing false copyright infringement complaints.
[#2137617]: Trademark claim against your WordPress.com site
We have received the following complaint regarding your WordPress.com site. After review, we have determined that there is insufficient cause to substantiate a claim of trademark infringement. Therefore, we will not take any action against your site at this time. This notice is forwarded for your reference only, and requires no response on your part. If you have any questions, you may consider consulting legal counsel.—
BEGIN COMPLAINT —> : zfeatherstone@*****.com.au> Email Address: zfeatherstone@****.com.au>
Official trademark registration details and information, including the registration number and a link to this information:
The phrase “Universal Medicine” & associated logo(s). The associated trademark number is: 1347836. The official trademark can be located through a search of ATMOSS (Australian Trade Mark On-line Search System) or at this URL: https://phoenixglobal.box.com/s/4pkz7e9ga03egafea8exalodpxze15wa>
First Name: Zach> Last Name: Featherstone> Company Name: Phoenix Global Pty Ltd> Address Line 1: 290 Ferry Road> Address Line 2: Southport> City: Gold Coast> State/Region/Province: QLD> Zip/Postal Code: 4215> Country: Australia>
The trademark that is allegedly being infringed: Any third party that purchases and operates domain names associated with Universal Medicine’s valuable trademarks and brands inherently infringes upon Universal Medicine because the purchase and use of the https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com domain name definitively positions the third party to compete against Universal Medicine in the same arena of commerce.>
The URL of the WordPress.com site being reported: http://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com/>
The exact content/aspect of the site being reported: Word: “Universal Medicine”>
A clear and detailed explanation of how the above content is in violation of the trademark in question, thus creating consumer confusion: We write to you as Agents, on behalf of Universal Medicine Pty Ltd ACN: 141 943 302 (“Universal Medicine”) in your capacity as General Counsel and the hosting platform of https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com/. We seek your cooperation in preventing trademark infringement and related intellectual property concerns, as well as unfair and anti-competitive business practices.>
Our client, Universal Medicine is the owner and user of numerous registered trademarks and unique brand names, namely;> – The phrase “Universal Medicine” & associated logo(s). The associated trademark number is: 1347836.> The value of these brands and trademarks is the product of considerable effort and marketplace success, including worldwide brand recognition and clientele and numerous local business awards.>
Universal Medicine owns and operates numerous websites through which it distributes sells and promotes its content to consumers under its well-known brand names. As a result, Universal Medicine has invested substantial resources to register, maintain and police approximately five primarily within the .com & .com.au TLD, including domain names corresponding to its valuable trademarks. Universal Medicine spends a considerable amount of time and resources each year simply to maintain these domain names, and it spends much more promoting them. In order to protect this investment, Universal Medicine has registered many of its trademarks with the Australian Government Patent and Trademark Office (IP Australia).> A list of Universal Medicine’s trademarks and domain names is attached hereto as
Schedule A. Each of these trademarks and domain names is used in worldwide commerce in connection with the sale of goods and/or services.> It is indisputable that the https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com top level domain [TLD] has a commercial purpose.
This letter is intended to put Automattic Inc on notice that should the hosting of the https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com TLD allow for use by third parties of domain names corresponding to the valuable trademarks and brands owned and used by Universal Medicine, substantial costs will be incurred by Universal Medicine to protect these assets. That is, Universal Medicine will be forced to choose between purchasing unwanted domain names from domain registrants which have little or no inherent value to Universal Medicine in a defensive posture, and engaging in legal claims against the third party currently utilising the https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com TLD to infringe upon the intellectual property rights of Universal Medicine.>
Any third party that purchases and operates domain names associated with Universal Medicine’s valuable trademarks and brands inherently infringes upon Universal Medicine because the purchase and use of the https://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com domain name definitively positions the third party to compete against Universal Medicine in the same arena of commerce.> Any attempt by any entity other than Universal Medicine to register a domain name that is identical or substantially similar to one of the trademarks or domain names listed on Schedule A would, per se, infringe upon Universal Medicine’s intellectual property rights and give rise to numerous claims, including claims for cybersquatting and trademark infringement.>
Automattic Inc is now on notice that the registration and use of any domain name using the .wordpress.com extension that is identical or confusingly similar to one of the trademarks or domains listed on Schedule A will violate Universal Medicine’s intellectual property rights and constitute an unfair business practice. Automattic Inc must take steps to prevent such activity before it can occur. Failure to take affirmative steps to prevent this conduct will establish Automattic Inc’s substantial liability.>>>>>>
Universal Medicine welcomes the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with ICM, should ICM choose to resolve these matters other than through litigation> If you have any further queries in relation to this matters, please do not hesitate to contact our office on 1300 557 475 or by email.>>
Kind regards,>>> Zach Featherstone Dip.Bus, C.dec> Internet Reputation Coordinator> Phoenix Global Pty Ltd> www.phoenixglobal.com.au>>>
“Universal Medicine” TRADEMARK: https://phoenixglobal.box.com/s/4pkz7e9ga03egafea8exalodpxze15wa>
I have a good faith belief that use of the trademark as described above is an infringement of the rights granted under United States and/or foreign trademark law.: Yes>
I understand that a copy of this notice, including any contact information I provided above, will be forwarded to the blog owner.: Yes>
Signed on this date of (today’s date, MM/DD/YYYY): 25/03/2015> Signature (your digital signature is legally binding):
Zach Featherstone>> Time: March 23, 2015 at 8:49 pm> IP Address: 18.104.22.168> Contact Form URL: http://automattic.com/trademark-policy/>> Sent by a verified WordPress.com user.— END COMPLAINT —Community Guardian | WordPress.com
Wow, our favourite cult really mustn’t have liked my lastest exposés on the Accountability blog – the update on UniMed’s sham charities, and UM’s merger with the Australian College of Massage into Evolve College to sell sham Esoteric Chakrapuncture. Must have hit on some sore points. Or maybe it was the blog on the NSW Parliament report featuring UM, that they had removed from Google search with a false DMCA claim from Desiree Delaloye.
Dear Zach,Thank you for your recent trademark infringement claim on my blog. I’m so flattered that your employers regard me as a competitor to their multi million dollar breast massaging religion. Especially seeing I’m not in business at all, lol. I’m not sure who your lawyers are, but if they laid off the sauce a moment, they might find the word, ‘accountability’ can’t be trademarked. Neither can ‘scam’ or ‘exposed’ or ‘facts’. 🙂Anyway, just letting you know you needn’t have gone to the trouble of throwing together all that hoo ha, even if it is just a template. Your client, Paula Fletcher, expressed the exact same yearnings in 2013, and that didn’t go too well either. She didn’t tell you???That’s Paula. She’s such a fun loving gal, she probably forgot. (Between you and me, she’s not very bright. 😉 )I’ve pasted her message below yours for everyone’s reading pleasure and entertainment.Good luck with the trial,Esther
[#1617120]: Notification of Received Trademark Complaint
Hello,We have received a Trademark Infringement claim concerned your WordPress.com blog. After review, we have determined that your WordPress.com blog does not readily infringe on the trademark described in the notice below.This notice is forwarded for your reference only. We do not require you to take any action as a result of this notice, and your WordPress.com blog will not be suspended.If you have any questions regarding this notice, you will want to consult a legal professional who specializes in such claims.
— BEGIN NOTICEDear Sir,
RE: Re: Esther Rockett (AKA Darkly Venus and Pranic Princess); and blogs, ‘Universal Medicine Accountability’ at http://universalmedicineaccountability.wordpress.com, and ‘The Facts About Universal Medicine’ at https://factsaboutuniversalmedicine.wordpress.com; ex parte Serge Benhayon, Universal Medicine Pty Ltd, and Fiery Impulses Pty Ltd trading as Universal MedicineWe refer to our letter of the 8 August 2013 (copy attached) and your response by email of the 9 August 2013 at 2.32am EST (copied below this email).With the exception of the last point in your email, the information you have asked for has already been provided in our letter of the 8 August 2013. However in order to make it simpler for you we have provided the information again under each of your headings as follows;
* The trademark that is alleged to be infringed;
* The URL of the WordPress.com site being reported;
* The exact content/aspect of the site being reported and a clear and detailed explanation of how the content is in violation of the trademark in question, thus creating clear consumer confusion;
We are instructed that the blog names, ‘Universal Medicine Accountability’ and ‘The Facts About Universal Medicine’ are deceptively similar to our clients’ trade mark and that the url’s of these blogs are deceptively similar to the domain names owned by our clients at www.universalmedicine.com.au, universalmedicine.co.uk , universalmedicine.net.au and universalmedicine.net ). As such the blogs names and url’s convey to a reasonable reader an association or affiliation with our clients in some way which the blogs do not have. In so doing, the account holder wrongfully is trading on our clients’ name and reputation in a way that has, and will, misleadingly capture and divert traffic looking for our information about clients.
* Official trademark registration details and information, including the registration number and link to this information ( if applicable)
The trademark, ‘Universal Medicine’ was registered in the Australian Trade Marks Office on 16 March 2010 registration No 1347836 (no link is available)
We note at your final point in your email you ask for, ‘Consent to forward the trademark complaint to the sites owner, who is responsible for its content, and an option for him/her to contact you directly regarding the complaint’.We have no issue with you passing the trademark complaint to the owner of the sites and no issue with her contacting us directly with regard this matter. However your response that the owner of the sites ‘is responsible for its content’ fails to address our instructions that the use by the owner of the sites of our clients’ trade mark, ‘Universal Medicine’ in the name of the blog, ‘Universal Medicine Accountability’ and the blog, ‘The Facts About Universal Medicine’, in an obvious way, contravenes WordPress’ own terms of service at .WordPress Terms of Service for account holders states;
“You must not describe or assign keywords to your blog in a misleading or unlawful manner, including in a manner intended to trade on the name or reputation of others,”Our client seeks to know what action that WordPress intends to take for this apparent breach of WordPress own terms of service and wonders what is the purpose of WordPress terms of service if WordPress intends to ignore the terms once a contravention has been brought to WordPress’ attention?
We point out again that we are instructed that our clients view the account-holders conduct most seriously. We have advised our clients that, by permitting the account-holder to use its blog host services, WordPress will after a reasonable time has elapsed post-notification be aiding and abetting the account-holder in the commission of the trade mark infringement, passing off and contravention of s18 of the Australian Consumer Law.Our clients requests again that WordPress immediately take steps to take down the account-holders blogsite and suspend her account using the word, ‘universalmedicine’ or any combination of words using the words, ‘ universal medicine’ in the name of any blog hosted by or associated with her.We observe again that our letter of the 8 August 2013 constitutes at least 12 complaints that our clients or persons associated with our clients have made to WordPress concerning the account-holder.We request that WordPress give the closest consideration to permanently refusing to allow the account-holder in her own name or any pseudonym to use WordPress’ blog host services.
We now await your response within 14 days
Paula Fletcher LLB (Hons)
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