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Association of Professional Piercers, Inc.
Office of the President
The Association of Professional Piercers is the world’s foremost organization dedicated to educating piercers, healthcare workers and the general public about safe and ethical body piercing. Within this nonprofit group, our members come together to share the information and inspiration which drives our industry’s improvement. We are committed to keeping the name of the APP synonymous with excellence. In order to do so, we must ensure that the name and logo are used only by those who share our priorities and our commitment.
It has been brought to the attention of the APP Board of Directors that you and/or your company have been using the APP name and/or members’ logo without permission. This usage is wrongful and illegal and misrepresents your membership in our organization.* Our legitimate membership has worked extremely hard, giving countless hours to become members in good standing. They have met every guideline for membership outlined in the registration form enclosed in this letter. Whether or not you have also done so, you are not currently a member and do not have the right to continue misleading your clients and the public.
We as a board would like to invite you to join our organization and legitimize your claim to membership. Once you have demonstrated your agreement and compliance with our standards, you will be welcome to use the APP name and members’ logo in connection with your own. You will have access to the newest, most comprehensive information available to body piercers today, and you will have the opportunity to shape future industry policy and practices. Should you choose to become a member in an organization you clearly admire, please send a completed application packet to our secretary within the next 14 days for an expedited return.
In the interim, the APP requires that you immediately cease and desist all use of the APP name and/or members’ logo until your application has been received and processed, and you have been notified of your membership approval. Applicants who are not approved will refrain from APP name and/or members’ logo use until such approval is granted, if ever.
You have a choice to make:
You can fill out the application packet and, on receipt of approval, become a registered APP member with all the privileges that entails.
You can immediately and permanently stop all claim to APP association, support or membership and all use of the APP name and/or members’ logo. You must withdraw all advertising, print or otherwise, which includes references to the APP, and you must not use the APP name or logo in your shop or on the phone in any way, intentional or otherwise, which may mislead others to falsely make such an association. The APP will not be held responsible for any expense you may incur in this process.
We are providing you 14 days from the date of this letter to contact our organization with your response and intended action. If we have not heard from you within this time period, we will be forced to take action to preserve our rights.
These include but are not limited to the following actions:
- Your State Attorney General and/or appropriate law enforcement and government authorities will be notified of our grievance.
- A press release will be sent to all newspapers in your area stating that you are not a member of our organization.
- Media with whom you advertise will be informed that your advertising includes false and litigious claims and must be pulled. Again, the APP will bear no responsibility for financial losses you may incur.
- You and your company will be listed with sanction on the APP website in the “Impostors” section.
After 60 days, if you have still not complied with our request, we will be forced to take legal action.
We sincerely hope that your use of our name and/or logo was a simple mistake. We welcome the opportunity to evaluate your establishment for membership and look forward to receiving your registration packet within the next 14 days.
Remember, even if you do not choose to apply for membership, we must hear from you within 14 days to avoid serious consequences to your business and professional reputation. We look forward to resolving this problem with you.
Jeffrey Saunders, APP President
cc: Michael M. Hernandez, Esq.
*Please refer to the enclosed guidelines for acceptable logo usage.