“The economy is so bad,
you need a good dose
of Maxine!”~ Greg Johnson
We had re-posted on our website an email that has circulated the globe many times over and found its way into the email inboxes of millions. The email contained a dozen Maxine cartoons and quotes about the economy.
However, we removed them from our site because, as it turns out, those cartoons were fake. While the images were Maxine, the captions attributed to her were not hers.
Copyright Notice. We were contacted by Hallmark regarding the Maxine images and quotes about the economy on our site — probably because our site was the #1 search result out of 197,000 on a search for that topic. Below are excerpts from the notice of clarification we received from the legal department at Hallmark.
“The images that you had on your site, and many of those circulated on the Internet and in emails, are not legitimate Maxine cartoons. Rather, they use an image of our Maxine character together with editorial content that does not originate from Hallmark. While we have great respect for the opinions of others and their right to share those opinions, we cannot allow Maxine to be used as the voice of those opinions.”
“Therefore, when we find sentiments used in Maxine cartoons that did not originate with us and should not be attributed to our well-known Maxine character, we request the removal of the Maxine images. As I’m sure you can understand, widespread infringement on the Internet is difficult to adequately police…”