For 7 years Planet Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin\'s unofficial fan club, has been a NO PROFIT / NO ADVERTISING all volunteer website that has supported the band in many ways including sponsoring charity events. As a result of the upcoming reunion and severe restraint on ticket sales, a couple of members wanted to make some "consolation shirts" for a few fans that could not attend the reunion concert. No one made profit except the screen printer who has no affiliation with Planet Zeppelin, and he put in MANY hours on this project while making a VERY paltry amount as the shirts were sold at near cost. The screens were destroyed right after the last of the 85 pre-ordered t-shirts were printed and no more were ever intended to be printed, nor will they. Nevertheless, lawyers for the Bravado Group, the company that handles the bands merchandising, have threatened to sue Planet Zeppelin over the shirts.
I run Planet Zeppelin and have NEVER profited from the site, in fact my wife and I have funded the site out of pocket for years. I was not very involved in the t-shirt project as my wife was going through chemo again for a rare form of cancer and both my parents were hospitalized at the time all of this was going on. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with me to see that Planet Zeppelin serves the band well and in hindsight I wish I had taken a greater roll in this as I did with our club shirts to ensure that copyrights were complied with. The copyright violation with these consolation shirts is simply that the shirts had the name \"Led Zeppelin\" on them.
We are asking the fans for a signature saying you support giving Planet Zeppelin and the screen printer a break (who did this as a favor to the two PZ members). We never intended to harm the band in any way or wrongly profit from their name, and have certainly learned a lesson from all of this. Thank you so much for your time, Zep on!
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