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    Posted: September/17/2007 at 11:20pm
Hi
I would just like to have a little rant about Salemís Charmed Book of Shadows.
I donít know if any of you have had a look about their Books recently, but I have. First of all I would like to say there Books look really bad, I donít know where they get off calling it a Charmed Replica. Itís a plain green book with a triquetra on. There pages are so digitally done, they look completely fake.
I donít know how they have managed to do it, but they have managed to trademark and copyright the word ďCharmed book of ShadowsĒ they are now making out that they are the only ones who have the right to sell charmed replicas. They even say they are the only people allowed to sell green books with a triquetra on, even though I looked on they trademark and copyright and it says nothing about that one, so I think they are trying their luck.

This is an example of what they are saying

"""Legal Info~ This Book Design, Text and Artwork are protected by Copyright & is Registered with the US Copyright Office. This Book is a Licensed Trademark Product of Salem's Inc. and is also Protected by Trademark law. Anyone found Infringing upon Salem's Trademark or Copyright will be prosecuted to the Fullest Extent of the Law.

This is a Licensed Product of Salem's Inc. Please note that the Green cover featuring the Red Triquetra in the center of the Book is Considered Trademark Dress & may not be replicated.

This book is Copyright Registered Reg#TX0006450279

Trademark Reg# 3278093



Q: What is eBayís VERO Program?
A. VERO is for Verified Intellectual Right Owners who have legal rights to protect their Copyright & their Trademark from Intellectual Property Infringements. Salem's Inc. Owns the Trademark CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS and this is a registered product of Salem's Inc. this is an exclusive product of Salem's Inc. no others are authorized to replicate, reproduce or manufacture CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS. We do sell our books wholesale to retail stores who are authorized dealers of Salem's Products however We are the only company who has the right to sell the CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS here on eBay we have not authorized any dealer to sell our products here. Recently there has been unlawfull replication & reproductions of CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS & we have been working with eBay to illiminate all listings that list illegal unauthorized reproductions of CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS in order to protect the public from false misleading counterfeit products.

Q: Do you sell ebooks
A: No we do not sell EBOOKS however we do offer Charmed Fan Club Membership and there is an ebook on the Charmed Fan Club Website
Q: Where did you get all of the Pages From?
A: We have replicated the Pages from the Charmed Book Of Shadows Some were hand drawn & Painted then put into digital format others were put together from screen shots, caps and digital artwork
Q: Do you know who has the Original Book of Shadows from the show & do you know if it will be offered for Sale
A: Yes we do know where the REAL CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS is Holly Marie Combs ( Piper) Took the book at the last episode and she does not intend on selling the book. She is keeping it as a keepsake
Q: Why are your books so expensive?
A: We use only the highest quality materials we use 100% Real Italian Leather, Steel screw Post, French Aged 60# Text Parchment Paper, High end Commercial Laser Printers, We have went a step above all of the rest of the book makers & we do not use Davey board(ie: CardBoard)underneath the leather we use real wood underneath the Leather making our books Sturdy & Strong and guaranteed to last hundreds of years
Q: Do you know what size the Real Book of shadows is & do you sell that size?
A: Yes the Real Charmed Book of Shadows from the WB was 11.5x17.5 outside diameter
Q: I purchased a CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS from someone else on eBay do you cover the warrany for that book?
A. NO if you have purchased a CHARMED BOOK OF SHADOWS from somewhere other than Salem's or an Authorized Salem's Dealer then you have purchased an unauthorized counterfeit product."""

To my mind this is a nasty ploy to take out the competion. Surely they have no right to do this. They did not design the book of shadows. They have nothing to do with the show. And surely if there was going to be a true official ďcharmed book of shadowsĒ Spelling TV would have picked a company better than their books, like Charmed Shadows (where Iím getting mine) or even Tallpoppy. But most obviously they would have got Dan to do one. They are making out that anyone selling a Charmed book is copying them, who would want to do that? I emailed them to see what they were saying. And she said she will get all charmed books removed from eBay, and gave me the impression she might be attack sites soon. What right do they have to do this? Itís not as if they were the first replica seller. Or even as if they are the best (or actually any good). What they going to do next, copyright pages and tell all the page sellers they are not allowed to sell then any more? And try and put all Charmed sellers out of business, so nobody has a choice but to go to them.

Iím sorry I know itís a long rant, but things like this really BEEP! BEEP!! BEEP!!! But this could potentially affect anyone selling Charmed stuff. I had someone pinch an idea of mine once, then copyrighted it, telling me I could no longer do it. this very much backfired for the person who did it to me. But I hate to see it happen to good genuine people, like the other sellers I have spoken to. Does anyone know the law on this? Surely they canít copyright something that was not theirs in the first place. So if there was any dispute, they would loose. Does anyone know?
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