Use of The DashHow to spread the love and kindness legally.
Can I Use The Dash?
The Dash Poem, written by Linda Ellis in 1996 (the “Poem”), is copyrighted material owned by Southwestern Inspire Kindness, Inc. (“Inspire Kindness”). The Poem is protected by U.S. copyright law. It may not be printed or distributed in any form without written permission from Inspire Kindness.
We understand that the Poem is impactful and special. We are committed to protecting and sharing the message of the Poem and making a difference in the lives of others. We offer a license to use the Poem in certain circumstances. You should always contact us before you plan to use the Poem in order to obtain our permission. You can reach us by phone at 630-547-2635 or by e-mail at Contact@InspireKindness.com. Be advised that we take copyright infringement seriously and will aggressively exercise our legal rights in the pursuit of violators.
Can I use the poem?
Before we can answer that question, you will need to contact us and describe how you intend to use the Poem. If we choose to grant you permission, you will be required to use the following accreditation with the Poem: By Linda Ellis, Copyright © Inspire Kindness, 1996, thedashpoem.com.
Can I print the Poem in a funeral program?
Distributing written copies of the Poem at a funeral is not permitted unless the funeral home is licensed by Inspire Kindness to do so. For more information on becoming a licensed funeral home partner please contact Inspire Kindness by phone at 630-547-2635 or by e-mail at Contact@InspireKindness.com.
Can I read the poem at my event?
Reciting the Poem (with author attribution) is permitted. Be advised that you may not print the poem, and you may not distribute any copy of the Poem without our prior, express, and written permission. If you choose to read the Poem out loud, you must acknowledge the identity of the author by stating something like: “The Dash, by Linda Ellis.”
Can I make and distribute copies or share the Poem online?
- Corporations – Under no circumstances can anyone representing a business reproduce or share the Poem for commercial purposes without a written agreement with Inspire Kindness. This includes distributing in print or digital form via magazines, newspapers, corporate newsletters, training programs, non-personal blogs, for-profit educational programs, textbooks, publications and more. Licenses for these uses are available. For more information, contact Inspire Kindness by phone at 630-547-2635 or by e-mail at Contact@InspireKindness.com.
- Registered charity or place of worship – It is possible to obtain a royalty-free limited license to reproduce or to display the Poem for a specific purpose, in a specific place, for a specific period of time, but only after you have contacted Inspire Kindness and described your intended use of the Poem, and only after Inspire Kindness has responded to your request and authorized your requested use. For more information, contact Inspire Kindness by phone at 630-547-2635 or by e-mail at Contact@InspireKindness.com.
- Individual – Individuals may want to the Poem with friends and family, including in e-mails, blogs, social media, and personal letters. It is possible for an individual to obtain a royalty-free limited license to reproduce the Poem, but only after contacting Inspire Kindness and describing the intended use of the Poem, and only after Inspire Kindness has responded to the request and authorized the requested use. For more information, contact Inspire Kindness by phone at 630-547-2635 or by e-mail at Contact@InspireKindness.com. The following written accreditation MUST be included with the poem: By Linda Ellis, Copyright © Inspire Kindness 1996, thedashpoem.com.
Inspire Kindness reserves the right to withdraw or withhold permission to any entity that has previously utilized or intends to utilize the Poem.
We trust you understand the importance of respecting our copyright rights. We work hard to ensure that the Poem retains its original form and message in order that it may continue to touch each person in a positive way.