Bye-bye TFN…MarinFreecycle is now affiliated with

Great news!

MarinFreecycle is proud to now be affiliated with FreecycleForever and the work they have done to promote freecycling through a Creative Commons-ShareAlike platform. This is the group that was founded by ground-floor freecyclers who removed themselves from The Freecycle Network (TFN) in 2003-2004 after “TFN intimidated or deleted thousands of freecycling groups by convincing Yahoo it had trademark rights to the word “freecycle”. Which TFN did not have!

As many of you know, there was a dust-up recently between myself and TFN after I posted a tip-jar here at my blog. Since I’ve operated MarinFreecycle independently of TFN from its inception July 2004, their telling me to resign was non-binding. In a recent Admin to the group I sent links to the recent court case that TFN lost with FreecycleSunnyvale when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said that TFN had not exercised control or management over FreecycleSunnyvale. In our group’s case, that applies as well, as it does I’m sure with hundreds and perhaps thousands of other freecycle groups, who may not even realize it yet, and if TFN has their way, they would not share the full truth of what it means. (It has seemed to me for a very long time, that TFN has mainly been interested in collecting people from all over the globe in order to boast of their numbers, use them for advertising purposes, and also to use them to vote in various web fundraising contests sponsored by corporations like Pepsico, of which I’ve chosen to not post on MarinFreecycle.)

As of this past weekend, TFN removed the link from their aggregate site to us. So that those who try to find us through them can only post at their website. There’s no cause for concern yet. Our membership of 6600+ is strong, and we still have new members signing up. And there are wonderful resources we can tap into! You can spread the word with your friends, neighbors, and co-workers, and I’ll do my part in reaching out to alliances developed over the years.

Let me end this entry with how it started — introducing you to Please bookmark their url and when you have a moment check out their website. You can also find them on Facebook at And you can now find our own MarinFreecycle page on Facebook too:

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    • Tom – the cat
    • February 28th, 2011

    Hi Nicole,
    Good news, indeed.
    And good riddance!
    Thank you

      • Nicole-admin
      • February 28th, 2011

      🙂 Thank you Tom — for your support and suggestions.

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