Carlton Hobbs - 12th August 2016
On the 29th July I launched this website for my father,your brother,2 days later I emailed you the following.
I have just set this website up in honour of my dad who I miss more than you could ever know. Losing him has left a very large hole in my life. I have literally been to hell and back over the past few years with illnesses and horrendous depression. That said I have come through the other side and putting this website together has been a huge help in the healing process.
If you have any photos,articles etc you could give me to post it would be very much appreciated.
Five days later I was absolutely shocked and horrified to receive a copy of a 10 page letter sent to my host provider from your solicitors,Mishcon de Reya,claiming that you own the copyright to 3 of the photos I posted and demanded for them to be taken down. To add insult to injury you also claim to own the copyright on the type face to the art work of my fathers own company banner. Mishcon have even accused me of putting this website together as a hate campaign. That it has been reported to the police as it is a form of harassment,although I have since been to the police and been advised this is a lie,no such complaint has been made. Mishcon have even threatened that I could go to prison. What is your problem? Do you hate my father that much even though he is no longer here? What harm is this website doing to you? If nothing else I expect the name of photographer and artist with invoices backing up your claim. I am deeply hurt by your vicious actions,it is incredibly upsetting. Surely threatening me like this achieves nothing, but bad feeling. I would like nothing more than a reconciliation between us and am available to meet you anytime.
On a positive note this website has had over 5,000 visits in under it's first 2 weeks and has had a huge amount of positive feedback and support.
I am also pleased to see the moon painting you purchased through me is in your private collection.
I wrote the above letter to Carly last night.
When I woke up this morning I found one of our beloved rescue dogs had died in her sleep. My family and I are devastated, it really puts things in perspective. We rescued Sheba from some travellers seven years ago who had abused her. She was covered in tar and riddled with fleas and terrified to even come into our home,it was clear she had been beaten and made to live outside. She became a wonderful,loving,happy,loyal dog and was fiercely protective of our family. She will be greatly missed. My father also rescued and loved dogs. I'd like to take this opportunity to ask people who are able to either give rescue dogs new homes, or at least give donations to dog charities.
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