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Dervaes Institute FAQ


Mr. Bill:
TSP Forum used to have an entire board dedicated to the Dervaes family and their project to grow huge amounts of food on tiny urban acreage.  Unfortunately, the Dervaes Institute has lost the support of Jack and a large number of people in the modern survivalist community.  Here's why:

(Copied from on 2/17/11)

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To Whom It May Concern:

This notice is to inform you of important matters regarding the published works and/or brand names of Jules Dervaes and Dervaes Institute. We are extremely supportive of members of our online communities; fans of our websites, writings and photographs; and others who help to spread information regarding sustainable living. However, we must also guard against the unauthorized use or exploitation of our intellectual property for commercial gain. From the beginning, our work published online and in other media has been copyrighted and trademarked. We have now secured registered trademarks for certain unique names and images. ...

We realize that your use of Dervaes published words and/or trademarks may have been inadvertent. We are generally able to resolve any such uses without involving our legal counsel. This would require that you update your websites and articles to properly cite our works. ...

...Dervaes Institute owns numerous trademarks which should be properly acknowledged if used. These protected names and images include the following registered trademarks:

* Also, THE TEN ELEMENTS OF URBAN HOMSTEADING copyright has been filed with the Library of Congress.
If your use of one of these phrases is not to specifically identify products or services from the Dervaes Institute, then it would be proper to use generic terms to replace the registered trademark you are using. For example, when discussing general homesteading or other people’s projects, they should be referred to using terms such as ‘modern homesteading,’ ‘urban sustainability projects,’ or similar descriptions.

When using a phrase listed above to refer to the work of the Dervaes Institute, proper trademark usage should include the proper trademark notice [®], use the protected phrase in all capital letters, and note in close proximity that the term is a protected trademark of Dervaes Institute. ...
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So, yeah, we're not too impressed with this crap.  Their dedicated board is gone.  And we've made a minor correction to the spelling of their name. ;)

Please see the following two threads for further discussion:

For the trademark controversy and legal issues: Urban Homesteading trademarked, Dervaes Family gets Death Threats

For more on the good work they were doing before they got distracted by ® and $: The Dervaes Institute and URBAN HOMESTEADING® [merged topics]


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