SYCUAN BAND OF KUMEYAAY KUMEYAAY NATION, Cody Martinez. RE: The 11th anniversary date of my Sycuan Positively outrageous service pdf copyright infringement complaint.
The Sycuan Tribal Council’s first offer to buy nonexclusive “full rights” to my 30,000 Sycuan-related still photographs to settle my complaint in 2008 failed under Chairman Daniel J. 125,000 payment without explanation and refused to return my letters or resolve the serious problems to my life that Sycuan Casino and Resort employees and contractors created through their alleged grossly negligent handling and illegitimate use and anonymous digital storage and release of my intellectual property. What’s it like to work for the Sycuan Indians? How does Sycuan treat its employees, contractors and guests when they have a complaint, including age discrimination and unfair termination?
Read my honest insider testimonial about my personal experiences working for Sycuan over a 20-year period as a professional independent photojournalist, producer and consultant. Golden Tickets of tribal sovereignty and unfair advantage to ignore me and my legacy out of existence, or their wealth to exploit the legal system to silence me altogether. But did you know, this is the Sycuan way? And how Sycuan allegedly destroyed my business and good reputation when I complained about their casino managers’ unprofessional behavior. Sycuan employees’ blatant plagiarism of my original map artwork was outrageous because they digitally erased my copyright legal notices, branding and consultant credits from both of their illegal print runs.
Further, they plagiarized their unauthorized reproductions of my original work by adding Sycuan’s logo and distinct graphical branding to make it their own despite the Sycuan manager’s personal written assurance in my licensing agreement that included only “one-time use” of my Map in a “Sycuan TV commercial. Sycuan’s tribal leadership’s swift retaliation to my grievance in 2007, the untruths against my good name on the Sycuan Indian Reservation and unfair terminations from my Sycuan projects ultimately destroyed my good reputation in the tribal community, my career, and poisoned my massive professional legacy. I quit working on Kumeyaay. But the unresolved Sycuan conflict and stigma on my name is preventing me from even giving it away free and finding peace.
SYCUAN’S NEW SETTLEMENT OFFER JAN. 2015 requesting he take a “fair review of the facts and timely closure” of my 2007 complaint against Sycuan Casino and Resort managers. The young chairman even invited me to a meeting on the Sycuan Indian Reservation with his entire tribal council in December 2015 that seemed positive and on track. I was caught off guard by his subsequent lowball price and ambiguous terms to settle my ongoing copyright dispute against Sycuan Casino and Resort. 125,000″ payment for my “copyrights” and all “materials. I asked Chairman Martinez to be specific about the “materials” he was requesting. 2016 final letter specified his offer includes my “entire collection” of “images related” to his Kumeyaay “tribe and its members.
That absolutely floored me, inasmuch for his broken written promise to me to engage in “actual negotiations” with his tribal council. Why is Sycuan’s last-second inclusion of my massive Kumeyaay. Sycuan band members and the California Indian tribal community? Chairman Martinez’s one-sided deal required me to transfer my sole, exclusive rights, copyrights, to my personal unrelated Kumeyaay. 250-gigabyte digital photographic collection, to Sycuan before he would settle the problems his employees created. There are light-years between these two take-it-or-leave-it Sycuan offers.
Sycuan material so my Kumeyaay. ZERO contractual obligation to preserve or credit my work or make it available to students and researchers. I would retain ZERO rights to my Sycuan and Kumeyaay. Sycuan and Kumeyaay collections to take an unfair, non-negotiable RAW DEAL to settle Sycuan employees’ documented patterns of gross negligence that ultimately destroyed my career and professional legacy.
He dictated both price and terms. He refused to negotiate his price or his terms. His terms were ambiguous, incomplete and thereby legally unenforceable. He refused to even discuss his terms beyond his last letter that he used to tack on his disclaimers and further confuse his terms to include Kumeyaay. He refused to supply me with a contract to review his offer in its detailed entirety, yet he required me to counter his price under his grossly ambiguous terms. In his last letter, he promised me “actual negotiations” with his council and even warned me he would “remain silent” if I didn’t comply with his instructions. Is Sycuan an organization of thieves operating under the colors of Tribal Sovereignty and Unfair Advantage?
2015-2016 series of unedited settlement correspondence letters in this download PDF. It contains PDF copies of both my 2009 blogs, my complete series of 2015-2016 settlement letters, and my sycuanbandofthieves website. NOW is my time to finish my business with Sycuan. As a 60-year-old man looking to retire and enjoy life, I need to get my affairs in order and close this sad chapter of my life. It was my pleasure and honor to serve you and the communities around the world. Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Nation, the Sycuan Tribal Government, the Sycuan Casino and Resort, the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming, the Sycuan Fire Department, the Willow Glen and Sycuan Golf Resort in El Cajon, CA, or Sycuan’s off-reservation U. Grant Hotel in downtown Gaslamp Quarter of San Diego, or any other of countless Sycuan community and commercial enterprises that I may not know about or list.