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CWG Magazine / Idea theft

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CWG Magazine (a.k.a. Chicks With Guns Magazine / / / have taken the ideas of former writers (AFTER they've left the magazine) and begun using those ideas to advance their own business, or to ensure that those former writers cannot use them. For instance, they have purchased domain names that were the ideas of these writers to ensure the writers cannot get a hold of them, even in instances where the concept (the title of a webshow, for example) were the ideas of those writers after they no longer worked for CWG Magazine. Editor-in-chief Jim Markunas has stolen property from a former employee, begun domain-squatting in an attempt to cut off the development of ideas that were never a part of CWG Magazine, and otherwise used underhanded means to damage the professional lives of his former employees.

Please do not deal with or support this company, because if you do, you are supporting someone who is a liar, a thief, and a cheat.

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  • Tb
      16th of Feb, 2010
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    To clarify the above:

    I have two reports to make about CWG Magazine: (1) In December of 2009, editor in chief Jim Markunas told me in a private conversation that he personally entered the email addresses of anyone who applied for a writing position with the magazine through Craigslist as a subscriber to the magazine. This is a spam tactic to bolster a subscriber list, and as I have learned through Constant Contact, is a potentially punishable offense.

    (2) On Feb 15, 2010, at 5pm, myself and two former employees of CWG Magazine discussed registering a domain. Checking through, the domain name in question was available. However, one of the email addresses used went to an email address mistakenly. By approx. 6:30pm, I went to register the domain in question, to find that it was taken. The report showed that it was registered to Jim Markunas of CWG Magazine.

    Jim contacted me later and explained that he did not register the domain, which suggests identity theft. However, the ONLY reported issue with the identity theft so far is the registration of this one domain in question, and I feel that is strongly suspect.

    Do not support CWG Magazine or Jim Markunas, because he has admitted to using underhanded tactics to bolster his magazine's subscriber numbers, and until new evidence is brought forward, I do not believe that he is suffering identity theft, but is in fact domain squatting.

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