The following correspondence originally took place through email…
From: Rayn <email@example.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 07, 2011 10:39 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org; Subject: Trademark
Rayn, Female Producer here. I want to first say I respect what you’re doin’
in this music business. Keep doin’ your thing! However with that said, you
are using a trademarked name owned by me. I wanted to drop a message to
ask you to refrain from using the name “Rayn”. I know it can be a touchy
subject when you’ve become attached to a name but I’m contacting everyone
who is using my name before sending legal cease and desist orders. Feel
free to contact me through email at LetItRayn@gmail.com or here. Thanks
From: Rayn <Rayn@acidrayn.com> Sent: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 12:39 AM To: email@example.com; LetItRayn@gmail.com; Subject: Fw: Trademark
Hi, Latoya. Rayn Kleipe, here. Sorry for the delay! It’s been a busy week. I’ll start by thanking you for your respect. I will definitely keep doin’ my thing – though music isn’t business for me: it’s personal! With that said, I will not be able to comply with your request that I refrain from using my birth name. Simply put, I have owned it for 31 years – long before you registered it as a trademark – and, I have no intention of stopping now. I truly hope you can appreciate my position, and drop this non-issue. Good day.
“State-Sponsored Torture: Just Another Form of Terrorism” (Artwork by Rayn, and originally located here)
Sara: This makes me sick but sends a message that everyone needs to hear!
Rayn: Sickening, indeed. I started making this when Bush was in office, but didn’t finish until Obama was in. I wasn’t sure if I should put it up, at first, as I had a small twinkle of “hope” that things would “change.” However, I decided that, if anything, the timing was fine because this piece might inspire people to push our new president to investigate, prosecute and cease all abuses occurring at Guantanamo Bay’s Camp X-Ray, as opposed to the “under rug swept” mentality that might perpetuate these war crimes in future possible war scenarios.
Sadly, Obama did very little to change the situation, and later, began actively involving himself in the cover-up, by refusing to authorize the release of many more photos of abuse that were discovered after the original scandal broke headlines.