I just received a legal notice from the big bad bully Autism Speaks because I designed a t-shirt that says “Autism Speaks Can Go Away.” It appears Autism Speaks is now using legal threats to shut up Autistic people that disagree with there stance on Autism.
Many people know Autism Speaks threatned the parents of an Autistic Child for creating a website that poked fun at the organization Autism Speaks, an organization she does like either. Well it appears they are not done threatening Autistic People who stand up against them as an organization. To the left is the T-shirt in question that prompted a legal threat from Autism Speaks.
So my question is if your Autistic and you try and use the resources you have in hand to speak out against an organization that spews hatred and negativity about Autistic people, claiming to represent them what are you to do? Autism Speaks does not speak for me, I can speak for myself. But apparently I am not allowed to say that!
Did you know that Autism Speaks does not have one person with Autism employed or in a leadership role of the organization? Not one person with Autism contributes to the decision making of Autism Speaks at all. So what are the Autistic Peoples course of action when they disagree with Autism Speaks? Bellow is a transcript of what I received from Zazzle.com, the place that manufactures everything in the AspieWeb Store.
Support (Nancy) – 06/18/2008 09:39 AM
Thank you for your interest in Zazzle.com, and thank you for publishing products on Zazzle. Unfortunately, it appears that your product, “Autism Speaks Can Go Away”, is in violation of Zazzle’s Copyright policies. Specifically, your product contains a copyright protected design of Autism Speaks Inc.
We will be removing this product from the Zazzle galleries shortly.
A detailed description of Zazzle’s content policies is available at: http://zazzle.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/zazzle.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=143
If you are the owner or producer of this content, or otherwise feel that our actions are incorrect, please let us know at email@example.com. If it has been removed you may repost your product, provided it abides by Zazzle’s content policy, and we’ll make sure it is not removed again!
We are always trying to improve our process. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Content Management Team
Incident Reference #080618-000271
So far I have not yet replied to the email, do you think I should stand up to this, or should I back down?