By Paul Pannone
Interest in online pirating of wedding dresses and a rising number of eWedNewz readers supplying information to this newZ source scourer stories and pertinent information, realizing US companies lose hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The problem of widespread pirating and possible solutions of how it can be stopped opens new front for debate and difference of opinion, almost daily.
Sources outside the dress business want to know why someone wouldn’t join the ABPIA?
eWedNewz coverage of the story reaching outside the borders of the wedding business has attracted sympathizers that say they’re impressed with the efforts of the ABPIA and its creator, Steve Lang. The recent court battle win and seizing of funds by PayPal broke down the barrier of the microcosm world of wedding dresses, propelling the newZ into general searches resulting in a greater awareness of the problems US manufacturers face.
Eilenberg and other members of the WWC are drawn into the discussions. Some members of the WWC say they’re trying to set aside personal opinions of the approach and people directing the war against pirating. Personalities aside, thinkers in the Cooler admit the advances by Chinese pirates were left unattended. Quietly some told eWedNewz, if not for Steve Lang, piracy would eventually bring the industry to its knees.
“We must look at the bigger picture and understand what is going on outside our boarders to be able to come up with a solution to fix what’s inside our boarders,” according to Jim Duhe, another member of the Cooler.
Duhe and Eilenberg are respected members of their respective industries. Both give their private thoughts on many subjects. Today Eilenberg asked us on Twitter if we saw this. According to RT.com China has joined the fight against their own people. The topic and coverage of the story raises several questions of the validity and authenticity of the information. In discussions some sources we spoke to asked if we noticed the website has “Russian origins”.
The website is dismissed by several sources and posts we discovered calling the source a mouthpiece for the Kremlin. If this is true, what purpose does running such a story serve?
“This is the problem we all face with information obtained on the Internet; it’s suspect because there are no standards to make certain the information is vetted, credible or true,” says Jim Duhe.
In a related story the transparent information supplied by the ABPIA is attacked by sources that say there are better solutions than the approach and path of the organization. Growing frustration at ABPIA and its founder, Steve Lang, came under scrutiny by one reply to eWedNewz coverage;
“It’s hard to believe there is any question a $100 membership to this organization would cause business owners to doubt the value, and that such an investment would truly assist them in supporting pricing that would contribute to improvements in their ability to provide benefits. What’s scary is that small business owners question a $100 investment that eliminates unfair – and direct – and illegal – competition and then actually ask “how it helps them pay for health insurance”. If any of my businesses actually HAD such an opportunity I’d be writing checks instead of this post,” according to Local Mobile/Big events.
Tough questions being posed to Steve Lang by this newZ source was cause for further frustration. Lang’s motives are under attack by sources who say they don’t personally like him but fall silent when asked about his latest accomplishments.
“Why don’t these people contact me directly? What are they hiding? Anyone in this industry can join. We have over 300 members, more than IBMA ever had or ever will have. My goal is 1000 members. We will get there. The more people discussing what we do and seeing the results, the better.
We have been getting the PayPal cash receipts frozen and that will also fill our coffers. People are silly not to join. Try herding cats. When you ask people for money, they get alligator arms….too short to reach for the check. If we ever ran out of money, I would fund it myself. I do not intend to run short
Oh, by the way, no legal bills have been paid yet or billed despite the antagonists that continue to project what this will cost us. The law firm I am using I used for over 20 years. They are solid friends to this firm. They would never hurt us in any way, I can assure you. I wish the assholes throwing stones would get educated before blindly attacking us,” said Steve Lang, addressing the members of the Wedding Water Cooler.
Lang was grilled by other members of the Cooler, including Samantha Goldberg. Goldberg told eWedNewz there is a resistance to joining the ABPIA but does not know the clear reason.
eWedNewz continues our investigation and coverage of why the wedding industry won’t embrace the organization and cough up $100 dollar membership fee.
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