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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Aug 2017 9:28    Onderwerp: ‘Poppy Truck’ sparks threat of legal action...... Reageer met quote

‘Poppy Truck’ sparks threat of legal action by Royal British Legion

The Royal British Legion has been accused of “bullying” after threatening a lorrydriver whose “Poppy Truck” has gained a national following and earned thousands for the charity, with legal action. Christine Langham spent £15,000 doing up her DAF truck which is decorated with First and Second World War images, as well as scenes of wild poppies, and draped with a Union Jack.

Since last September she has appeared at a number of Royal British Legion events, as well as Poppy Appeal launches in East Kirkby and Boston Market in Lincolnshire, using the truck as a crowd puller, with donations going into RBL buckets. Earlier this year she trademarked “Poppy Truck and Team Poppy” to prevent “unscrupulous” businesses taking advantage. Then out of the blue last week the Legion contacted her asking her to give up her trademark because it would “potentially damage” its brand, and threatening action if she does not. The RBL said it “would take formal action to oppose your trademark if we cannot amicably agree for its withdrawal.” On Sunday she was banned from appearing at a Poppies on the Prom event at Mablethorpe.

Mrs Langham, from Sunk Island in Holderness, intends fighting her corner: “I’m just there as a support vehicle, there to raise the profile, so it generates more funding. “People come over and have a look at the truck as it’s big and bold, then they go and make a donation. I’ve done this as a way of saying thanks to all those who died. It is all out of my own pocket. "It seems like bullying, because the truck is getting very popular." The RBL also contacted Ben Lord, managing director of Speedbird Promotions, which is making scale models of the truck, suggesting he put production on hold, because of the potential legal ramifications of the case. But Mr Lord said legal action would “effectively see publicly-raised money being used in nonsensical legal action against an individual who has a track record of transparently benefitting not just the RBL but other forces-related charities.” He intends to go ahead with production and honour his pledge to make a contribution from each model sold to this year’s Poppy Appeal. He added: “We firmly believe there is a huge opportunity for the RBL and the Poppy Truck to work together positively to the benefit of what remembrance stands for and would remind everyone concerned that this is where our focus, efforts and donations are best spent rather than lining the pockets of lawyers in unnecessary quarrelling.” On the Intellectual Property Office website there are hundreds of registered trademarks containing the word Poppy - including Poppy Delevingne, Poppy Travel, and From Up On Poppy Hill. Only a handful are held by the Royal British Legion. Followers of The Poppy Truck on Facebook have also been staunchly in support. Some have appealed to the RBL to rethink. Craig Todd said: “The truck is a symbol that gets people talking about a topic that should never be forgotten as those who have died for us should never be forgotten. The RBL should be utterly ashamed of themselves for what they are doing.” A spokesman for The Royal British Legion said with regards to charitable activities the word “Poppy” is “exclusively associated with the RBL as a registered charity supporting the Armed Forces .” He added: “If people donate to organisations using the word “Poppy”, they need to have confidence that the money is going directly to a registered charity.” The RBL had not been made aware of Mrs Langham’s registration earlier in the year. He said: “We would be concerned if the public were misled into believing that a trade mark owner not operating under the remit of the RBL was in some way formally connected with it. "We are always grateful for people raising money on our behalf, however we must operate within legal guidelines and uphold our responsibilities to our beneficiaries and the general public."

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/poppy-truck-sparks-threat-of-legal-action-by-royal-british-legion-1-8704441
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BerichtGeplaatst: 18 Aug 2017 15:59    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Help protect The Poppy Truck and Trademark against Organisations that use bully tactics.

We want better Anti-Bullying Laws, and/or better laws to safeguard Trademark and Intellectual Property. The Poppy Truck was Trademark protected on Feb 2017, and was unopposed. Now 6 Months later, the Royal British Legion are using bully boy tactics to try and make The Poppy Truck owner relinquish her Trademark rights on The Poppy Truck.
Not only are the RBL doing this, they are also bullying event organisers to stop The Poppy Truck from attending events, causing a backlash from supporters, (Poppy on the prom, Mablethorpe, 13th Aug 2017). So we need better laws or safeguarding measures, to stop behaviour like this from happening in the future, and allow The Poppy Truck to be used to it`s full potential, as it was set up as a thank you to those who serve, and those who have served, by the owner, and the owner gives up her time for free to do this, and takes The Poppy Truck Nationwide to various events and shows, all of which is being placed at risk due to the RBL`s greed.
So we need your support, if you believe in what the owner does with The Poppy Truck, and the joy it can spread, then please support this cause, and SIGN and SHARE this petition.

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BerichtGeplaatst: 19 Aug 2017 18:44    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

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BerichtGeplaatst: 20 Aug 2017 9:50    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

'Poppy Truck' will 'get support of every lorrydriver in the country'

An ex soldier has urged the owner of the Poppy Truck to stick it out in her battle with the Royal British Legion. Steve Brown spent £5,000 doing up his van on similar lines to those that have got truckdriver Christine Langham in hot water with the Royal British Legion.

The RBL has threatened Mrs Langham, who has been using her Poppy Truck to help raise money for the Legion, with legal action, unless she relinquishes her trademark. Mr Brown, who was in the Royal Army Medical Corps for 30 years, including in the Falklands, Kosovo and Desert Storm, as well as three tours in Afghanistan, said he was approached by a member of the RBL at a show, who "wasn't happy and threatened me (with action)." Mr Brown, who now takes people on battlefield tours, told him to "go ahead" but has not heard anything since. He said: "It is absolutely crazy. I'm not collecting money - I'm just doing it to thank everybody from the past.

"I know what this lady does and every penny goes to the Legion and some of that money goes to taking the old guys to the battlefields. "I have a friend who has a Lest We Forget truck and he hasn't got a problem and he takes it to shows all the time." Mr Brown said the longer the RBL continued to put pressure on Mrs Langham the more it would damage their reputation. He added: "I think she will get hundreds of thousands of people supporting her - certainly the backing of every English truck and coachdriver.

"The Legion should be praising her for what she is doing, for raising funding and awareness." Mrs Langham said she felt heartened by the massive support she has had on social media. An online petition has gained over 1,000 signatures in just a day. She said: "The RBL has to listen to the public who keep them in donations." A spokesman for The Royal British Legion said on Monday: "In regards to charitable activities the word “Poppy” is exclusively associated with The Royal British Legion as a registered charity supporting the Armed Forces community, and we have a duty to ensure that the public has a clear understanding of where their donations are going. "If people donate to organisations using the word “Poppy”, they need to have confidence that the money is going directly to a registered charity. ‘We would not agree to other organisations registering the phrase “Team Poppy and The Poppy Truck” as a trade mark, and we didn’t oppose the registration earlier this year as we were not made aware of it. "We would be concerned if the public were misled into believing that a trade mark owner not operating under the remit of The Royal British Legion was in some way formally connected with it. ‘We are always grateful for people raising money on our behalf, however we must operate within legal guidelines and uphold our responsibilities to our beneficiaries and the general public."

http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/poppy-truck-will-get-support-of-every-lorrydriver-in-the-country-1-8705641
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BerichtGeplaatst: 28 Aug 2017 15:09    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Het blijft maar duren

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/royal-british-legion-threatens-charity-11067598
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BerichtGeplaatst: 15 Feb 2018 9:11    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote

Oplossing gevonden

Poppy Truck in the clear after owner strikes deal with Royal British Legion

https://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/poppy-truck-in-the-clear-after-owner-strikes-deal-with-royal-british-legion-1-9017143
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