Tuesday, June 12, 2012

If at first you don't succeed

Try, try Satan.

Update: Cafepress.com just emailed us and reinstated the image.  At least they responded.  So you can buy this t-shirt again if you want it.  It's only $11.99 + shipping.  And it's available in your favorite color, as long as it's white.

Cafepress.com just sent us a message that this image violates their policies, though they declined to say which one.  We thought this would make a good T-shirt, so we posted it a few days ago.  It probably got flagged for copyright because one of their under-educated and over-vigilant employees thought it sounded familiar but didn't bother to investigate why.  Here's our reply to their message:

From: Satanic Missionary Society
Subject: Alleged Content Policy violation

Hello, this image has been incorrectly flagged as violating the content policy. I created all the visual content, and the poem on which the text is based was published in 1840 and has long since passed into the public domain. It is the poem "Try, try again," which can be found in the 1840 teachers manual by T. H. Palmer.

Here is the google books link to the source:

Thomas H. Palmer lived from 1792-1861, meaning that none of his work could possibly remain under copyright in any country.

If this image has been flagged for another reason, please send the details.  Otherwise, please remove the violation flag.  Thank you.

On Tuesday, June 12, 2012, CafePress Content Usage Policy wrote:

Dear Content Owner,

You can view all the images which have been pended by clicking on the following URL (or copying and pasting this URL into your browser):  http://www.cafepress.com/cp/members/login.aspx?goto=/cp/members/imagebasket/image_basket.aspx?f=pending

Images Pended: 68679461

Thank you for using CafePress!

We recently learned that your CafePress account contains material which may not be in compliance with our policies. Specifically, designing, manufacturing, marketing and/or selling products that may infringe the rights of a third party, including, copyrights (e.g.,an image of a television cartoon character), trademarks (e.g., the logo of a company),"rights in gross" (e.g., the exclusive right of the U.S. Olympic Committee to use the "Olympic Rings"), and rights of privacy and publicity (e.g., a photo of a celebrity) are prohibited. Accordingly, we have set the content that we believe to be questionable to "pending status" which disables said content from being displayed in your shop or purchased. You may review the content set to pending status by logging into your CafePress account and clicking on the "Media Basket" link. The content set to pending status will be highlighted red.

Please note that any current orders associated with pended content are subject to cancellation. Please contact our Customer Support Team at 1-877-809-1659 for more information regarding the status of any orders within the next 24-48 hours.

Please visit our Content Usage Policy (CUP) for additional information regarding the type of content you may use with the CafePress service.

We apologize for any inconvenience that the removal of your content may have caused you. Please let us know if we can be of further assistance.


Content Usage Team

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