*UPDATE I (finally) found that they are in NEW YORK, USA. (thus, making them more easy to prosecute).
It's been over 3 weeks, so these "%#*-hat's" are completely incompetent or just don't give a F@*K that they are THIEVES.
- Martial Arts Fraud:
- Registered trademarks provide constructive notice to the public of the registrant’s claim of ownership of the mark, so ignorance is not a defense and any statements contrary to said ownership are false
- Registered trademarks provide a legal presumption of the registrant’s ownership of the mark and
the registrant’s exclusive right to use the mark nationwide on or in
connection with the goods and/or services listed in the registration and
any statements contrary to said exclusivity are false
- False statements of fact are present when trademark infringement or trademark counterfeiting occur because the underlying martial art instruction, credentials, products, etc. which are being provided to the student are not regulated by, originated by or authorized by the trademark owner.
- False statements of fact occur when a studio or instructor engages in unauthorized use of registered trademarks
- False statements of fact occur when a studio’s ads, web sites, etc. when they feature unauthorized registered trademarks
- False statements of fact occur when a studio’s promotional literature bears unauthorized registered trademarks
- False statements of fact occur when a studio’s application forms bear unauthorized registered trademarks
- False statements of fact occur when prospective students are told by a studio owner, instructor or a staff member during enrollment presentations that the student will be learning a trademarked martial art system (that the studio is not licensed to teach).
- False statements of fact occur when counterfeit certificates and credentials bearing unauthorized registered trademark are used to induce new student enrollments
The owner of the web site previously listed above (finally) contacted me. There was much apologies, and statements made that "his web guy (girl?)" was provided with the material to "make" a dojo principles "sheet"(?). At any rate that person (evidently) got lazy and just took ours and changed the logo and a few kanji (as anyone can see by the examples above).
Regardless of who was at fault, it has been removed. It only required (me) finally bringing it to his attention (after being posted here for 3 weeks), and it was attended to (ie."removed"). If asked, I would advise that the individual check the material being posted on his "web-site" more closely in the future.
Though having corrected the situation, and having apologized (profusely) and "I" having accepted that apology, this particular "blog" post will remain (for the next 2 weeks), after that time I will be removing the name of the offending dojo and the individuals names only, this blog will remain (that's the price you pay, for not monitoring your website, IMO, pretty "cheap" penalty). Plagiarism is a serious offense (both monetarily, and ethically), Hence, you should monitor your website more seriously). As long as the work (ie. "My" calligraphy) isn't utilized, I will not be pursuing any further legal action in this matter.