On January 20th, Charles E. Butler, author of The Romance of Dracula received a terrible surprise when he went to update his Dracula fan page on Facebook.
This is what he received via email and posted on his Facebook wall:
You may have noticed that you’re no longer an admin of one of the Facebook Pages you used to manage. The Page was claimed by someone who proved that they’re authorized to represent it.
The Facebook Team
He then went to visit the website and it was under another admin that he found later was Univerisal Studios, the owner of the orginal Dracula movies.
But, does this mean we can’t ahve fan pages for movies, television shows, etc? Well, technically no. When reviewing the policies if these movies, books, characters are not public domain technically fans can’t post pages on Facebook for them.
But, why would anyone do this? This is free advertising for the company.
Charles had this to say about what he has done this far:
Without any prior warning my page just vanished. I have contacted Universal through their Facebook page and I have sent numerous emails to various media, The Huffington Post, The Independent, Channel 5 News, Look North@the BBC, The Guardian. David J Skal advised me to contact Susan King in LA, but as of yet, I have heard nothing from no one. My page has become as elusive as Dracula himself. I have dispatched five emails to Facebook that all seem to be falling on deaf ears. It is just disgraceful. If they can do this to one man, what can they do to everyone else.
Charles has always been a huge Dracula fan. He has participated in theatrical productions, blogs, reviews and even written his book reviewing all of the Dracula movies in The Romance of Dracula. He used his Dracula fan page to show his favorite literature and movie character some love.
But, since Dracula, the book is public domain and not the movies can Universal Studios really do this?
Well, he is trying to find out what he can do but fans of Charles have created a petition for people to sign here.
What do you think about this?
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