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You Can’t Disparage Skreened When Wearing Skreened Shirts. The Lawyers Tell You So.

We use the Ohio-based shop Skreened for printing our sweat-free shirts, but I’ve got to say this part of their User Agreement, applying to everyone using their website, is almost completely assholic:

PUBLIC REPUTATION

You acknowledge and agree that you will not use any product ordered from the Site in a way that would be [...]

Americans Elect makes first communication with Irregular Times: a Takedown Notice

I am happy to say that today, after nearly a year of trying, I finally got someone at Americans Elect to communicate with me.

I’m sorry to say that the content of the communication was a takedown notice.

Last night, I reported on Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine’s contention on his question-and-answer website [...]

Americans Elect begins Delegate Signup with Limits to Political Discourse

Americans Elect, the corporation with a goal of electing its own presidential ticket in 2012, opened up its website americanselect.com yesterday to allow Americans to register as “delegates” who will cast votes in an online nominating election next year.

Earlier this year, Americans Elect insisted that “The Delegates—and the rest of the American people—are the [...]

With New Terms, CafePress Seizes Effective Ownership of Designers’ Content

Today, an American corporation dominated by Sequoia Capital seized effective ownership rights over millions of images, but you won’t hear a peep about it.

CafePress is a print-on-demand corporation that works by building relationships with people in two ways. The first is familiar: CafePress sells products, including t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers. The second relationship [...]

Is CafePress Opening Shops and Selling Items Without Asking You? Find Out.

Without asking, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress has opened a shop on Irregular Times’ account and started selling items with our pictures on them. First, let me show you what’s happened, with screen captures for purposes of documentation. Then, let me explain why I’m upset about it.

CafePress administration opens a mystery shop on Irregular Times’ [...]

No Sign of Any Dip in CafePress Marketplace Additions

When bumper sticker, button and t-shirt corporation CafePress announced back in April that come June 1 it’d hike prices to customers and cut payments to designers, designers expressed great fury. A number of designers said they’d boycott CafePress and simply stop uploading designs to be sold as a way of punishing the corporation. But measurements [...]

AmericanPresident2012: Internet Democracy, Revocable, Revisable, Ish

Unity08 may be dead, but the tribute band is coming.

AmericanPresident2012 is a website that will, according to its “Mission Statement”:

The purpose of AmericanPresident2012.com is to bring back to the American people the vision that was The United States Of America. We are motivated to identify what is broken in our political system [...]

CafePress Announces Big Price Hikes for Buyers, Big Commission Cuts for Sellers

CafePress may try to dress up today’s announcement with a barrel full of hand waving, a slapdash cloudiness of vocabulary and a few other mixed metaphors’ worth of dazzling PR-speak, but what their news release all boils down to is this:

1. Come June 1, the print-on-demand corporation CafePress will increase the prices shoppers pay [...]