For those that have been following us since we started, you know that we were the first to associate the name OFFGRID with SURVIVAL. In fact, we have been using this name since 2007, and have had millions of people hit our website, hundreds of thousands of people following us on Social Media, and have worked tirelessly to help people become better prepared for the very real dangers that are out there.
In the process of growing my site, I have encountered a number of people and businesses who have attempted to steal my articles, use my name for their own financial benefit, and even use my name to fraudulently push their crappy products, but never have I seen such a blatant example of abuse and theft as I have been fighting against for the last year.
Over the last year or so, I became aware of a large Corporate Magazine Conglomerate who puts out a number of niche magazines, pretending to be part of those communities. Unfortunately, this company thinks that it’s not only alright to pretend they are a part of those communities — to market their juvenile articles and products — but they also think it’s alright to outright steal our name and deceive their readers into thinking their magazine has something to do with my website.
TEN: The Enthusiast Network, the large corporate magazine conglomerate who runs magazines like RECOIL Magazine, a magazine that pretends to be part of the gun community despite trashing the second amendment on numerous occasions, decided to use our name OFFGRID to put out a crappy survival magazine.
OFFGRID Magazine: A Scam on their Readers
OFFGRID Magazine is not our magazine, it is a magazine put out by people attempting to deceive you into thinking they are something they are not; it is a magazine run by people that have no real experience with survival or preparedness.
In their introductory issues, this company even went so far as to use a person with a gas mask (something that we have been using as part of our logo since the beginning) next to the OFFGRID logo, to in my opinion, deceive the readers into thinking that the magazine was associated with my site. In fact, over the last year, hundreds of people at industry trade shows have told me they believed that the magazine was put out by my site. Many even subscribed to the magazine saying that they subscribed believing it was associated with my site.
Currently, we are in a legal battle with this company, who is attempting to use their high-powered lawyers to muscle us out of the business. I am attempting to secure my OFFGRID Survival trademark, (something that is legally mine, since I have been using the name and logo in commerce since 2007, giving me common law trademark rights). I am attempting to dispute TEN Enthusiast Networks attempt to fraudulently deceive readers and steal my name.
The company is arguing that they had no idea who I was – which if true still doesn’t give them the right to use my trademark – but there is no way that’s possible since a simple Google search of the Name OFFGRID or the Term Survival would have shown us in the top 1-3 positions for at least the last 5 years. In an attempt to get around the fact that they are using my Trademark, recent versions of the magazine now have started using RECOIL as part of the name — RECOIL OFFGRID. This was their attempt to get around the trademark laws, and still use the goodwill that I have generated to sell their shitty magazine.
This company and companies like it attempt to take the hard work of others to sell their bogus products. These people are not the people their readers think they are. In fact, RECOIL the so-called parent magazine of the fraudulent rip-off OFFGRID Magazine has even shown their outright disdain for the second amendment, despite pretending to be a gun magazine.
Recoil Magazine Doesn’t Support Second Amendment
Back in 2012, their editor Jerry Tsai got into trouble with the gun community after writing about how certain firearms should never be sold to civilians, because certain types of guns had no “sporting application”. I guess this guy doesn’t realize the second amendment wasn’t written to protect “sporting applications”. JACKASS!
Listen, this really isn’t a shocker. The company is run by people who all come from very liberal anti-gun backgrounds, people who come from anti-gun companies like Disney, Universal Studios, and NBC. And as for the people who write for these magazines, I’ve met many of these people at industry events over the years; most of them are complete frauds. They write about guns, survival, self-defense, and preparedness but none of them have an actual clue what they are talking about.
They are writers, most of who come from very liberal news backgrounds, that are attempting to make you think they are part of your community. Many actually hate the people they are writing for; it’s a job for them, and just like many of the frauds in survival T.V. these people are just playing a part.
They gather their information from press releases and industry trade shows, but none of them actually live the lifestyle. In fact, many of these people have never fired a gun, never had any actual survival experience or preparedness training, but every month they write articles pretending to be experts – they are not! The are bullshit artists. People pushing the latest zombie craze crap or the latest trend to sell their shitty magazines.