Saturday, December 21, 2002

Bobbi the Russian Bride? Bitch Fest!

Wow! I can't believe I didn't mention in my livejournal what has been going on with my photos. Here is an update. As you all know, I have had many problems with people stealing my images in the past. Well it has definitely gotten out of hand! For starters, someone used my photo in an ad which was published in the LA or OC Weekly for some in-call escort service. Then this company stole my photo right out of Muscular Development magazine and published me in an ad for a penis enlargement pill without my permission. The ad has been published in MAJOR magazines (FHM, Maxim, Muscle & Fitness, and Flex). I contacted the photographer and he absolutely did not license the images to them. Can you say lawsuit?! LMAO! Here's an excerpt from one of the ads, "How Do You Measure Up? Do You Have Enough To Satisfy Her... Or Do You Fall Short? If You Think "You're The Man"... Think Again! Imagine you're on a date with this beautiful woman... She wants you to take her home for a night of hot, passionate sex. Now this could be the most exciting night of both your lives, or it could be the most embarrassing. When she unbuttons your slacks and grasps for your erect penis for the first time, what will she think? Will you have enough to satisfy her?" ROFLOL! It makes me laugh but at the same time it pisses me off. I try to accept and turn down jobs as I see fit but I didn't have the choice in this matter, nor did I get paid! Even if they had tried to hire me for this job, I wouldn't have done it. I don't need the money and I try to keep my image clean. I don't want my face associated with B.S. garbage like this. Plus, what makes it even worse is that they published the ad in 2 fitness magazines, which just so happens to be my industry. I now have a brilliant Harvard educated lawyer involved. Cease and Desist letters have gone out to the magazines that published the ad, the manufacturer of this product, and the publishers of similar magazines which could unknowingly publish the ad in the future. If you have seen this ad published anywhere else that I did not mention, please let me know. It could help me with my case. God! What a pain in the ass dealing with all this stuff is but I have never been the type to sit around and let people get away with this sort of thing! They are definitely barking up the wrong tree! I am extremely concerned that the use of my photograph in this advertisement could affect my reputation within the fitness industry and amongst my fans. Yes, I actually give a fuck, and yes, I will find out and take action. Let that be a lesson to anyone else that wants to try and use my photos in an ad without my permission! What sucks is that the damage is already done, the ad has already been published 4 times. At least the editors of these magazines now know that I did not give my permission.

Now that the penis enlargement case is being worked on I have a new bone to pick with the owners of a mail-order Russian bride agency. They are using my headshot in the navigation menu of their website. I hate to break it to you but I am not a mail-order bride from Russia! Ummmm no dude! I live in the U.S. and believe it or not, my fans probably won't sign up for your service now because they recognized me and think you are scam artists using fake pictures. Try again! I swear, this shit never ends! Grrrr! I fear that this one may be tough since they are based in Spain but I am going to try my best. I could always employ the lil trick that I pulled with that lame LoveMyCarpet website! I will have to wait and see with this one. I sent out a copyright infringement / cease and desist letter but I haven't heard anything back yet. I will give them some time but for the meantime, I am hotlinking the photo that they have of me on their site here so that I can check their progress.

Anyway, til next time... Love you guys! Thanks again to all of you for being so diligent and letting me know these things. I have the best fans/friends in the whole wide world! *Kisses*

Much Love,
Bobbi B.