Missy Ward and I created Affiliate Summit from scratch back in 2003, and have constantly evolved the company to do our best to make it the most productive and fun conference that it can be for the attendees.
So, it’s more than a little frustrating when I see a constant stream of domains registered in various countries with the Affiliate Summit name in them.
The latest, lazy, unimaginative hacks claim there is nothing wrong, because our brand is a generic name.
A while back, we seemed to have made a good case to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to the contrary, because they granted us a trademark.
But that doesn’t matter much across borders. Apparently, honor and integrity don’t matter, either.
In addition to the shameless folks that try to ride on the brand we built, there are those conferences that don’t rip off our brand, but they lift entire paragraphs and pages of our copy.
As many past attendees and speakers of Affiliate Summit know, there is a new event purporting to be an Affiliate Summit that has been soliciting them for them past week.
Just to be clear, we’ve got nothing to do with these people.
Hopefully, there is no confusion with the real Affiliate Summit and these clones, because we work very hard to deliver on the Affiliate Summit experience.
Just because others take a shortcut and copy our name and/or marketing collateral, that doesn’t mean they have eleven years of history serving the industry that we eat, sleep and breathe.
So, if you don’t see it on our homepage, it’s not us.