For the love of God why?

How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented

UPDATE 06/24/2013: NEW BLOG POST HEREhttp://www.aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/even-multibillion-dollar-corporations-should-apologize-when-they-are-wrong/

UPDATE: The video was taken down from youtube, but a reddit user pointed out that it was reposted here. Also, my Turner@aroundtheworldin80jobs.com email is down, so please use turnerbarr [at] gmail (dot) com. So far, the company has not gotten in touch with me since this post went live. Check back frequently, more news coming soon.

My name is Turner Barr, the creator of AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com, a site and web series I’ve poured my blood, sweat, tears, energy and money into for almost 2 years. Recently, I was both astonished and demoralized to find that my entire brand, image and web personality was swiped for use in a marketing campaign by some massive multi-billion dollar a year company, without ever being asked for permission or acknowledged. The video for their marketing campaign was particularly creepy for me, as even my age and personality didn’t escape the level of detail spent on creating this doppelganger (they used a paid actor of course).

This is not a new trend, and it can be seen in other recent cases of corporate insensitivity to the ideas of individuals, such as:

·   Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York, getting his photos swiped by DKNY
·   Sara Rosso, creator of World Nutella Day, getting a cease and desist letter from Ferrero Rocher

Imagine if this was your own idea, your passion project. Imagine if, early in John DiScala’s publishing career, his character Johnny Jet was swiped by some airline company. Or if you’re Michael Tieso of Art of Backpacking and you find out that a backpack company hijacked your blog name and style for their gain. Or if the image, name and brand of iconic fashion blogger Scott Schuman of The Sartorialist was co-opted by some fashion company earlier in his career. Our ideas have value, and corporations should be held to a standard of accountability, responsibility and integrity.

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I haven’t been able to write a new post in over a month while dealing with this — my creative energy has been zapped. I’m no longer even the first thing that comes up when you Google my brand name. I’ve turned down work opportunities and put on hold any future travel job plans to deal with lawyers, long distance phone calls, corporate executives and other such nonsense — all along feeling misled and patronized.  This situation has been extremely confusing for not only myself, but also for participants in company’s marketing campaign who message me thinking that I am am part of the company. With hard work I strived, and almost succeeded, in creating my dream job. I feel like my dream job has been taken from me in order for some company to promise it to others for corporate marketing gain. I have, to date, never been publicly acknowledged, compensated, credited, or apologized to, by this company. If you believe your brand ideas to be valuable and treated as such by everyone, especially corporations, please share this message in order to preserve the integrity of what we’re all doing. I believe this issue is much bigger than me — it’s about our community. Going forward we’re setting a precedent for how corporations view other young, independent online entrepreneurs like me or anyone with an idea to dream big. Holding them accountable is in all of our best interests. Tell the company behind the #80jobs campaign to #makeitright.

Sincerely,

Turner C. Barr
Creator & Founder of Around the World in 80 Jobs

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Turner barr
turnerbarr@gmail.com

Hi, my name is Turner. I travel the world, hustle to find interesting jobs, and write about what happens when you read too many self-help books.

371 Comments
  • Will Peach
    Posted at 11:30h, 20 June

    Don’t give up the fight, passion and hard work will win through. Adecco is running a competition with a closing date. You have the ability to keep this going and build it into one of the web’s biggest work abroad resources. Plenty of ways for you to deliver more value.
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    • Mike from DC
      Posted at 04:55h, 21 June

      Hey Turner, checked in again when I saw my original tweet blow up about Adecco. Really sorry to see it play out this way, I sent some warm wishes to Adecco myself 🙂

      At least everyone knows how classy Adecco is. It’s dominating their page Twitter feed. If anything, you may be getting more publicity as a result. Hijack their campaign to the end!

      And I assume Redditors will be on it soon enough, if not already..

      • Matthew Karsten
        Posted at 08:37h, 23 June

        It’s important that we all keep sharing this story via social media on Monday. I’m sure Adecco is hoping that it will be forgotten about over the weekend and just “go away”.

        We can’t let that happen. We all have the power to turn this around for him by shaming them into making it right!

        • DJ Yabis | Dream Euro Trip
          Posted at 13:16h, 23 June

          AGREE. Resharing again this week considering that they will announce the winners of the competition on Tuesday, June 25. Let’s see what they’ll do.

    • Shannon O'Donnell
      Posted at 15:29h, 21 June

      Support over here Turner and I second Will’s sentiment, this is a long-term business for you and you have the opportunity to leverage this into even more success and growth. So glad to see so much support from the community for your efforts. 🙂

    • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez
      Posted at 13:52h, 22 June

      Scarlet, Is it possible that you help having the copyright of my thesis of master´s degree in industrial engineering, and PhD in business. My thesis are in my Facebook page.

      https://www.facebook.com/notes/adalberto-cervantes-rodriguez/how-did-oracle-steal-my-ideas/484337798305612

    • Adrian Fogge
      Posted at 20:03h, 22 June

      Stuff like this happens all too often, and many times it is a whole lot more than for a marketing campaign.

      I had my company stolen from me, my technology, everything. To top it all off they sued me for a number of things to drive me into debt so I couldn’t fight it. Lost everything, and then they offered to drop their suit with me if I drop my suit against them.

      Bottom line is that in business whomever has the most money wins. They will just out-spend you, change venues to another city, and get an unlimited number of continuances to dick you around until you have nothing left to give your attorneys to keep your side of the fight alive.

      Best thing to do is to hope to generate enough bad publicity that they lose customers or can’t pass due diligence to seek further funding.

  • Matthew Karsten
    Posted at 11:52h, 20 June

    So glad you posted this publicly on your site. These people need to be held accountable for brazenly stealing your idea. Will be sharing this repeatedly, and I know many others will as well.

    Good luck Turner! The travel blogging community is with you. Social justice will prevail.
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  • Carson
    Posted at 12:00h, 20 June

    You have a good thing going here Turner, I enjoy reading your posts when they come out. That’s pretty ridiculous that they actually trademarked the phrase “Around the World in 80 Jobs”. I hope you are able to take their marketing efforts and turn it into a positive to bring more visibility to your site, but more importantly I hope you keep doing what you do and post more great blogs!

    • Angela England
      Posted at 19:42h, 20 June

      Even if they were able to trademark it you would be able to prove first use of the phrase and domain. I am SO sorry you’re going through this – it’s awful and completely shameful.

      • Ryan from Jets Like Taxis
        Posted at 15:28h, 21 June

        Agreed. It completely sucks ass, but he has plenty of proof of first use, and if the money behind them doesn’t get in the way, he has plenty of history to have that trademark yanked.

        • uran idoit
          Posted at 11:01h, 22 June

          if you use this domain and this phraze and don’t trademark or get a copyright… you’re an idiot. they can trademark it and shut you down regardless of how long you have owned

          There is a gentlemen in Ireland who owned a eatery called McDonald’s. He was sued and lost by a company called… McDonald EVEN though he was around for much much longer…

          moral of the story. if you have an idea, protect it. dont cry about it on a long after you realized your F*cked up

          • Legless
            Posted at 18:25h, 22 June

            The only reason trademark laws were written in the first place was so that people like Turner would not have their identity or brand stolen.

            If someone found a legal way to break in to your house and take all your stuff because you didn’t fill out / pay for the right form with some branch of government, it would not be appropriate to call you an idiot. It would be appropriate to point out that the only justification for having a government at all is to prevent this kind of crap, and if it can’t be fixed than both the law and the people who implemented need to be thrown out.

          • cmholm
            Posted at 23:04h, 22 June

            In the US, Turner was automatically granted copyright for his original work, especially once he published it. It’s unfortunate that he didn’t trademark the concept. “Around The World In 80 Jobs” is a unique enough expression that – were this one company against another – Adecco would be SOL. Creating a trademark from someone else’s copyright protected material is a no-no.

            • Kuba
              Posted at 01:35h, 23 June

              Yet another uninformed post, sigh. In the U.S., copyright protection and trademark protection both exist precisely because most things that fall in scope of one of those two laws are not in scope of the other law! That’s why there are two laws, it’d be pointless for something to be protected under both copyright and trademark laws.

              From the horse’s mouth, we learn: Copyright does not protect names, titles, slogans, or short phrases. In some cases, these things may be protected as trademarks. However, copyright protection may be available for logo artwork that contains sufficient authorship. In some circumstances, an artistic logo may also be protected as a trademark.

              Again, a title/name like “Around the World In 80 Jobs” is not subject to copyright protections, it’s as simple as that. It is subject to protection as a trademark when it is used as such, and one doesn’t need to do anything special to benefit from such protection. Registration of a trademark gives you extra benefits, but is not necessary merely to gain protection!

              Common law trademark rights are acquired automatically when a business uses a name or logo in commerce, and are enforceable in state courts. Lanham Act also gives unregistered trademarks protection under Federal Law. A registration makes some things simpler, but to claim that it is absolutely required to benefit from trademark protection is just being clueless, no more, no less.

            • Zoltan
              Posted at 14:15h, 24 June

              As far as i can see the company didn’t rip off any of Turners artwork. Turner did plagiarize Jules Vernes book title… But i guess the twitterverse doesn’t care about classic litarature… If that’s original i gotta get me the 50ShadesOfGreece Domain soon.

              • Brenda
                Posted at 15:40h, 27 June

                So true…

          • Kuba
            Posted at 01:19h, 23 June

            Of course not only you’re not a lawyer, but you naively presume that copyright and trademark laws are the same everywhere. It’s not quite so. In the U.S., copyright and trademark protection exists by default even if you don’t register your trademark or your work. A registered copyright or a registered trademark gives you additional benefits, but it’s defnitely not the case that lack of registration means that all is lost. Heck, it’s FAR from being so. The only idiot here is you, who thinks copyright and trademarks are “almost” the same – it’s you who said one “or” the other.

            In the U.S., you’re only f*cked up if you don’t have enough money for lawyers to defend against big corporations that decide they’ll just steal from you. This has nothing to do with whether you register your trademarks of copyrights. So, stop spewing bullshit, pwetty pwetty please with a cherry on top, will you?

            • Mark
              Posted at 06:15h, 23 June

              Forget lawyers. Even if you win, you’ll be out of pocket. If you lose, you may be out of pocket for Adecco’s expenses. 80 jobs won’t cover it.

              No. This is a social media fight. Twitter has pretty well gone in your favour… get facebook on side. Write media releases and send them to major papers.

          • urine trouble
            Posted at 20:59h, 24 June

            that was completely unhelpful

  • Jasmine
    Posted at 12:02h, 20 June

    Wow this is seriously messed up… tweet this out a few times mentioning the company, rally a few bloggers, and see if they don’t change their tune QUICK.
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    • Sab
      Posted at 12:55h, 20 June

      Turner,

      I’m a big fan of your blog (you know that already) and I feel very sorry, I don’t like to see you suffering. I assume you contacted Adecco, did they ever give a statement towards you? I know it sucks big time, but you have a loyal readership, which you won’t lose because of this. You probably gain even more readers as the participants of this contest will find your website too. And they will realize that your page is so much more real and has a lot more value! You actually show the world that everybody can travel the world in 80 jobs, not only the few winners of a lame contest!! Use your power, Turner!

      I wish you all the best, you deserve it! Keep it up!
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      • erika
        Posted at 07:43h, 22 June

        I read about this on facebook. Want to add something. Why should it bother people in a bad way that a company has used Turners idea for their marketing campaign? It shows one thing: that his idea and content have quality. Of course one can look at the case as someone has stolen his work. But also one can say: it proves that Turners concept works and is worth to copy. He gets a lot of public relations from it and should now use it for his own benefit.

        I want to ask you, Turner: What would you have done if the company would have asked you in the first step for allowance to use your concept in exchange for money? Would you have taken or rejected it? I think the answer to that question helps in order to decide how to react in the present.

        Sincere regards from Germany

        • Meg
          Posted at 08:59h, 22 June

          Do you work for Adecco? He has already explained how the company has damaged his brand. Short-term, there may be an uproar and a bump in publicity, but eventually the public will move on, leaving Turner with nothing, unless the Adecco campaign can be shut down first.

          People are angry because this is yet another instance in a long history of big organizations using and abusing the little people, because most of the time we can’t fight back. Most big companies have no conscience and they’re proud of it. Decisions are made on the basis of profits and not law or ethics, and the public is sick of it.

        • Alfred
          Posted at 12:27h, 22 June

          It should bother people because the ripped off his idea in it’s entirety giving him no credit and then having the gall to trademark it as their own. Perhaps it should not bother people to steal candy from a baby either?

        • Derek
          Posted at 15:10h, 22 June

          …you’re saying only bad ideas should logically be protected? As long as it’s a good idea, it’s alright to steal? Man oh man, I’m in the wrong business…

          The only ‘public relations,’ as you so naively worded it, that Turner gains are from what awareness he is able to raise by drawing off their traffic for himself – you can bet the world they won’t send a single pageview his way.

          Intellectual property, whilst perhaps less tangible than the physical variety, are no less worthy of protection for the hours of time and sweat we put into them.

        • Eric
          Posted at 17:33h, 22 June

          corporate flunky astroturf

        • George
          Posted at 18:19h, 22 June

          Ever heard of a trademark? What Adecco (you?) are doing is ILLEGAL and IMMORAL.

        • Kuba
          Posted at 01:39h, 23 June

          “Why should it bother people in a bad way that a company has used Turners idea for their marketing campaign?”

          Erika, it’s not an idea that they used, they used his trademark. Trademark infringment is illegal under both state and federal laws.

          Car analogy time! Your question is equivalent to asking “Why should it borther people in a bad way that someone is speeding? It shows one thing: they are a good driver!” Yep, it makes just as much sense.

          • Robert
            Posted at 19:30h, 23 June

            But “state and federal law” only cover the US. There is a lot of world where those laws do not apply. Even when people in the US tend to forget about that.

            Also, Adecco has the right to apply for any Trademark they like. Just as you can apply for trademarks like Coca Cola or Nike. Whether or not you get the trademark is another question, but it would have been very stupid for Adecco not to at least try to register the trademark. Blame the incompetent government agencies for the fact that Adecco received the trademark even when there clearly was a website operating under that exact same name.

            While I believe that stealing the whole concept is wrong, the fact is that Adecco could easily have done there marketing campaign under a slightly different slogan without any problem. Working abroad and blogging about it is not that unique 😉 The real problem thus is the fact that Adecco is using the exact same name for their marketing campaign. That conflict should be relatively easy to resolve as this whole hassle around the marketing campaign is not to the benefit of anyone. However, as with most of these issues, the chance of success depends heavily of how people enter the negotiations. The first letter tends to set the stage for the following negotiations and large corporations can be just as pig-headed as individuals. Except that they have the cash to delay the outcome of any legal battle indefinitely.

            So I have to agree with Erika. Figure out what you want to get out of this and focus on achieving that goal.

        • Jenn
          Posted at 05:13h, 23 June

          Meg, in the long run, there may be a positive outcome from all this, who knows. And yes, Adecco is certainly showing that Turner’s work is valuable, just as a jewelry thief shows you that your jewelry is valuable by stealing it in the middle of the night – that’s not much comfort, is it? And it doesn’t change the fact that a corporation is STEALING all of the brand awareness, trust and loyalty that Turner has worked so hard to cultivate – without permission, without admission, without apology, and without financial compensation.

          Plus, if they win this thing, then Turner won’t be able to “use it for his own benefit” since he would have to give up his site, name, branding, etc. and start over from scratch. It’s awful and unfortunate and I hope Turner wins – and in the meantime, I think a lot of us bloggers will be scrambling to ensure that we have legal protections in place to protect our own work.

          Good luck, Turner!!

        • twotravelingtwits
          Posted at 20:57h, 24 June

          Erika, Did you happen to go to college or learn about citing. It is appropriate to cite where or from whom you took an idea, writing, photo, etc… Giving credit to the originator is the honest thing to do. If you were an artist and a major clothing company stole a scene from your painting to use in all of their window displays all over Germany and used it in their catalog campaign in other countries wouldn’t you want to be consulted? Not just for monetary gain, but to make sure that something with your name or brand is not used inappropriately. I ask because the public is not always aware that the originator is not always consulted, but they will most always assume that the originator gave permission and is inline with whatever use is being made of their art, ideas, or whatever the medium is.

  • Flashpackatforty - Craig
    Posted at 12:11h, 20 June

    This really stinks and is just corporate bullying. They don’t even appear to have hidden the rip off of your brand – disgusting behaviour. I hope you take them on and win.
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  • Flora the Explorer
    Posted at 12:17h, 20 June

    This behaviour is unbelievable – but another reason for bloggers to stand up and make it known that we won’t stand for it. I’ll get sharing this on social media, and hopefully others will too. Here’s hoping your creative streak comes back with a bang soon my love 🙂
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  • Gary Arndt
    Posted at 12:19h, 20 June

    In 2010 T-Mobile and Orange in the UK merged to form a new company called Everything Everywhere.

    I checked with my IP lawyer friends and concluded that:

    1) We were in different countries.
    2) We were in different industries.
    3) They had way more money than I did.

    It wasn’t worth pursuing.

    Your case is totally different. They are claiming a trademark on a term you had been using for 2 years.

    I’d contact some attorneys. This is something I bet they’d do on contingency.
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  • Laurel- Capturing la Vita
    Posted at 12:20h, 20 June

    I’m really sorry this happened to you. Will share with others to get the world out.
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  • Jo (The Blond)
    Posted at 12:21h, 20 June

    What?? Can’t these people be punished??
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  • Jaime
    Posted at 12:23h, 20 June

    Wow, I am in shock after reading this. I despise so many big companies for the things they can do to the little people. It’s sad that we really have no control of even what is OURS if a huge corporation claims it as theirs. I’m truly sorry to hear this and hope it turns around soon. Keep the fight because we will help you and as a community are behind you 100%.

    I am curious to know what company did this? I ask so that way maybe we can direct tweets at them and even put them on blast. Also what can we do to prevent this from happening? I would hate for one day my brand which is very personal to be taken from me.
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  • Peter Hemmingsen
    Posted at 12:28h, 20 June

    You had the concept trademarked, right? LLC set up?

    If so, those assholes! I bet they found your site while doing concept research and decided to go ahead with the project anyway.

    Hang tight bud!

    – Pete

    • Dani
      Posted at 20:15h, 20 June

      Doesn’t look like he had that phrase trademarked…..They have it trademarked….

      • Karen
        Posted at 21:52h, 20 June

        You know, that almost makes it worse. Can’t you just envision the meeting that made that happen?

        “Hey, saw this on the internet – let’s totally do this!”
        “Great. Love it. Let’s get the lawyers involved to cover our asses in case he tries to come after us.”

        Jerks.
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      • Trevor
        Posted at 22:04h, 20 June

        Doesn’t matter if they slapped TM on it or if Turner didn’t. Trademarks derive their power from use. Turner’s the one that’s started using the mark first and has been using it continuously, and even without a registration or an attempt at registration, he owns a commonlaw trademark on it.

        • em
          Posted at 14:17h, 21 June

          (TM) means they are claiming its usage as an unregistered trademark; Turner definitely has grounds to go and register the concept under his name after presenting the solid evidence that he’s been using it since at least October 2011. A registered trademark has a (R) appearing after it.

          So, it is devious and underhanded of them to list a (TM) because it creates an appearance of legitimacy but also reveals that they know damned well they couldn’t get it registered.

          Turner, you have my support. Good luck.

        • Anne
          Posted at 17:26h, 21 June

          Absolutely correct. Turner will win with such a strong case.

          • Stephan
            Posted at 22:16h, 22 June

            Trademark Infringement is criminal. In the U.S., a trademark doesn’t need to be registered, just established, in order to be infringed.

            This means jail time for someone(s) at Adecco. Followed with some very fat fines.

            Turner, hope you got some lawyers that can fight these felons. Their whole business model is sickening and parasitic. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

      • Connie
        Posted at 21:44h, 22 June

        “Around the world in 80 jobs” is too general to be a registered trademark. Adecco, failing to win the coveted (R), just slapped a (TM) on the name and apparently assumed they could send their high-priced lawyers to overwhelm a little blogger. Yet another company who doesn’t live up to their expensive-to-produce “code of conduct”.

        • Kuba
          Posted at 01:48h, 23 June

          You say that “Around the world in 80 jobs” is too general to be a registered trademark. LOL, you must have never dealt with trademarks, then, because that’s a nonsensical statement. A trademark is not just the title/slogan, it’s also the area of application – trademarks are very specific, you can’t imply that it’s too general without backing your statement up with an over-broad area of applicability that’s supposedly claimed here.

          Never mind that Adecco did in fact apply for a U.S. registered trademark and were granted one in December 2012, in a rather limited scope of goods and services it applies to. They chose services that don’t quite overlap mr. Turner’s. It appears to be deliberate.

          Why do people just spout completely uninformed, pulled-out-of-thin-air nonsense? How the heck can you claim that “x is too general blah blah” and “Adecco, failing to win blah blah” when it’s just your fantasy? Are you nuts?!

  • Bobbi Lee Hitchon
    Posted at 12:31h, 20 June

    I definitely understand your frustration and to be honest that’s absolutely shitty what’s happened. When you first started describing your situation-I thought maybe it was just chance, but when you started talking about the video relating-that just hits too close to home. I think this has always been a fear with independent publishing and posting things online in an array of ways without having a name that would make people think, “Oh they could sue us if we steal this.” I feel really bad that this has happened to you, because I loooooove and relate to your site so much. It’s such a fantastic concept and I’ll always take your writings way over Adecco. But I know that can only make you feel so much better. We all put our hearts and souls into this and it’s not easy-so it be nice if people were honest and threw us a bone every now and then. Unfortunately, they’re not. Is there anything you can do? Have you written to them and asked about it? I don’t know what proof can come of this, but I think a lot of companies are aware of the power of bloggers and none would want bad press. I really hope there is some solution, but if there’s not I hope you bounce back, because there are people here who appreciate your work.
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  • Jerick
    Posted at 12:31h, 20 June

    I’ve been following your blog for ages and man, this is totally unfair! I work in a creative agency, and honestly, I’ve seen similar concepts like yours often being presented. But it’s not as direct copied as this!

    I’m not sure how it fares with lawyers but you may have a good shot at least with keeping the name and the brand you built as yours!

    Bon courage!

  • Terry
    Posted at 12:42h, 20 June

    Hey man, good news is I would think (from the little I know of trademark law) that you should be able to contest their trademark by showing your original publications and sue the hell out of them.

  • Yamile Yemoonyah
    Posted at 13:04h, 20 June

    Man, this is fucked up! I heard about your case from a fellow DCer and I’m really upset about this. Will share and hope you find a solution!

  • Jess
    Posted at 13:26h, 20 June

    This is really demoralizing – what incentive is there for anyone to work on creative projects if a big company can just come and decide they want it? I’m glad you’re pushing back, but I’m sorry it’s taking so much of your time and energy.

  • Gary Arndt
    Posted at 13:28h, 20 June

    Don’t get depressed over this.

    If you play it right, it could be the best thing that ever happened to you.

    • Sab
      Posted at 15:20h, 20 June

      I actually agree with Gary… I bet you got a lot of extra traffic through this… As much as this brand stealing sucks, there are still some positive side effects. And your blog has so much more to offer then their page. People will see that, too! 🙂
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      • Frank Candamil
        Posted at 18:50h, 20 June

        Agree with Gary.

        Use the same power that made you today—your ingenuity. Corporations have investors, advertisers, and a smorgasbord of people to keep happy. Just remember that what they do can never be exactly what you do.

        As always, work out the legal side of things and move on to making your brand, your product, what you want. Also, this will make great for the book you’ll write one day.

  • Mark Wolf
    Posted at 13:29h, 20 June

    You have my very best wishes. And I hope to see you soon. The best you can do is share and blog and write. Eventually a media company will support your efforts and you may be afforded the opportunity to meet your Goliath face-to-face.

    Don’t give up. You worked too hard and you have too much talent. And you are a great photographer – the last photo on the garbage is priceless !!!!

  • Julian
    Posted at 13:36h, 20 June

    Don’t give up, don’t let them win.
    Best regards.

  • DJ Yabis | Dream Euro Trip
    Posted at 13:53h, 20 June

    DAFUQ. That’s so unfair. I’m sharing this on all my social network. Stay strong.
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  • Kimmy @ AfterGlobe
    Posted at 13:58h, 20 June

    This is terrible. I’m sorry to hear you are going through this. Don’t give up!
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  • Steve
    Posted at 13:58h, 20 June

    Hey Turner – I’m totally with you as I know what hard work you put into building the whole thing up. A unique idea, a passion. At the end of the day you are the real brand behind aroundtheworldin80jobs and not another company with loads of money and marketing agencies as you are real, you are THE character.
    As Gary said it’s maybe not the worst idea to use this situation in a way for your needs and turn the table. There should be a creative solution. Moreover: they might have the money but you have a whole community behind you – real people, not mercenary soldiers.

    Keep it going – we are with you!
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  • Platinumtraveller
    Posted at 14:04h, 20 June

    Hey Turner

    Sorry to hear about this man, thats so wrong and hopefully with the full force of the blogger community behind you, you’ll be able to get a positive result.

    Chin up mate!

    Andrew

  • Normand Boulanger
    Posted at 14:07h, 20 June

    Fight the fight Turner. Let them know that you know. This is quite an awful act from them.

  • Yamile Yemoonyah
    Posted at 14:09h, 20 June

    p.s Is this an American company? If it is, I’d move my domain name and hosting outside the US so they can’t get to it easily.
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  • zof
    Posted at 14:10h, 20 June

    So sorry! Keeping fingers crossed for the fight! I RTed the post and shared it on my blog FB page and personal profile. The word must be spreaded.

  • Roy Marvelous
    Posted at 14:18h, 20 June

    Good luck mate. Fight the good fight!
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  • Vid | Bruised Passports
    Posted at 14:24h, 20 June

    Hey Turner,

    I can imagine your pain – you have done so well in the past 2 years. It is frustrating, but as Gary says, don’t give up the fight. We are all with you. I have seen this shit happening on the web where small travel websites have nicked my posts and pictures to market their products without even informing me, what you have gone through is a different level of “scumbagness” by the company altogether. Hang in there, my friend.
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  • Gigi
    Posted at 14:26h, 20 June

    I’m so sorry to hear this! Shame on them. Shame.

    And I know this probably won’t make you feel better, but when they stole your concept, they didn’t even execute it well. Their paid crappy actor has none of your warmth and is ten times less adorable than you are.

    Hang in there.
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  • Nate
    Posted at 14:30h, 20 June

    Make them pay.

  • Edna
    Posted at 14:34h, 20 June

    Absolutely despicable. Keep your chin up, Turner, you’ve got a huge community supporting you and we’ll make sure Adecco makes it right!
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  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:34h, 20 June

    Not a lawyer, but I would think that a good lawyer would have a case with this. It should be easy to prove that your project came first (when the domain name was bought, when the first post was made, etc.).

    Sorry that you have to go through this, but don’t give up the fight. {{{hugs}}}
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  • Jacoub Bondre
    Posted at 14:40h, 20 June

    Ideocracy in NYC is their Agency of Record. I have seen this a thousand times. The Sr. staff at the agency, and even Adecco are willfully blind, but not necessarily the one to lay the biggest blame on. The AD and CW that “Came up” with the campaign would never tell their bosses they stole an idea.

    I think there is a solution here. if you want drop me an email. I can likely help you get in touch with the right people.

  • Akila
    Posted at 14:44h, 20 June

    So sorry to hear about this but don’t give up the fight! You are in the right on this one. Good luck and we’re all rooting for you!

  • Jenn
    Posted at 14:48h, 20 June

    I am so sorry to hear about what happened. Best of luck to you on this fight!

  • Andy
    Posted at 14:50h, 20 June

    You’re getting a lot of support here so I don’t feel too bad saying: a lot of lessons to learn.
    If they’ve trademarked ur name then more fool u ultimately.
    It’s harsh, really harsh and I do have sympathy. If there’s no legal redress then all you can do is take it as an enormous compliment that adecco think ur concept is good enough for them.

  • Reena @ Wanderplex
    Posted at 15:01h, 20 June

    Wow, I know they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but this really takes the cake! Sorry you’re going through this and I really do hope you come out on top in the end. Best of luck!
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  • Joei
    Posted at 15:10h, 20 June

    That is SO frustrating!! Don’t give up. Give them a good fight!
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  • Ayngelina
    Posted at 15:11h, 20 June

    There is no trademark so the only thing to do is shame them. I just commented on their YouTube site about them ripping you off and will do so on their other social media sites.
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  • Bethaney - Flashpacker Family
    Posted at 15:17h, 20 June

    This is shameful! Giving them the benefit of the doubt, surely they must have googled the term “around the world in 80 jobs” and found your blog before they started the campaign if it was their original idea (which clearly it wasn’t.) Corporate bulling at it’s worst!!!!
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  • Chaa Creek
    Posted at 15:33h, 20 June

    How can they do this to you? This really sucks. Good luck on the fight.

  • Chelle Roberts (BrownGirlsFly)
    Posted at 15:49h, 20 June

    Turner! I am so sorry that this happened to you. I agree with some of the posters above. Imitation is indeed the best form of flattery.

    Now, if only their imitation didn’t jeopardize your own standing on your web searches. They could have even said “in 80 gigs” or “in 80 temps” … I can’t believe they didn’t do a brand search before taking this approach.

    There definitely should be some corporate accountability. I’m sending good thoughts your way. Hoping the lawyers can find a way for you stand / regain your ground!
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  • Christine Gilbert
    Posted at 15:50h, 20 June

    This is insane. And the thing is they have the financial backing so they bank on that. I’m tweeting the hell out of it, I hope everyone gets on their asses about this and makes it a PR disaster for them. They are tweeting things like, “What’s the best way to get your career started?”

    Um, try by not stealing.

  • Adam - Tropical Nomad
    Posted at 15:57h, 20 June

    Hey Turner,
    Well this is a nightmare of a situation for you, but try to look for the positive in it. As Will mentioned, there competition has a sell by date. Your site will be around for years to come.

    On looking at the Adsecco video – 1,318,169 views as of right now. The entire page of comments is not what they wanted and every one mentions you.

    “You just ripped off Turner Barr at aroundtheworldin80jobs (dot com). Shameful stuff!!”
    “Turner Barr had this first”…
    “F*ck you Adsecco”…

    My Facebook, Twitter and G+ all have this story featured by bloggers.

    Keep working on your dream Turner, you will win out in the end..
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  • Jim
    Posted at 15:57h, 20 June

    Wow! What a load of crap! I’ll definitely make sure to share this. They need to be held accountable. You might not need a new job…free money from Adecco.

  • DJ Yabis | Dream Euro Trip
    Posted at 16:08h, 20 June

    True. I checked their Twitter and they’re like:

    “Thank you for featuring us on your best practices page!”

    and I replied:

    “Is stealing ideas a best practice too?”
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  • Alexa Hart
    Posted at 16:20h, 20 June

    Hey Turner,

    Wow, really screwed up. Clearly, there is no integrity with this company. With that being said, I fear that if you didn’t trademark your name, that there may not be much that can be done legally. There are copycats everywhere online. In fact, several people are now copying my own idea.

    I echo what others are saying about sticking this through and getting others to shame Adecco and spread this article. I just wrote a comment on their YouTube channel and Tweeted out to them on Twitter.

    Remember, copying is the best form of flattery. You have a brilliant idea, and you are incredibly smart. It’s YOUR voice and personality that we are all drawn to, and nobody can ever take that away from you. Good luck.
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  • Kellie Netherwood
    Posted at 16:27h, 20 June

    So sorry to hear about this. I really hope you find a way to turn this into a positive outcome – you clearly have a lot of support judging by the comments on this page and I echo the one above about sticking this through. Thanks also for sharing this – I’m sure there are a lot of ‘David v Goliath’ stories out there and as a blogger community we need to make sure they are heard.
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  • Hobo
    Posted at 16:29h, 20 June

    Hang on, but haven’t you ripped off the movie ‘Around the World in 80 days’ ?
    Joking

    Interesting to see how shamefully some of these marketing types operate.

    I wouldn’t have found your story and site if it wasn’t for what Adecco has done, you can easily turn this isn’t a positive. You’re going viral and have more exposure.

  • Lauren, ephemerratic
    Posted at 16:33h, 20 June

    How awful! I hope this gets turned around, and quickly, into something positive. Otherwise, let the heads roll!
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  • 100trains
    Posted at 16:36h, 20 June

    Chin Up Turner. As a few people have already pointed out – this situation might have positive benefits for you in the long run. I’m sure a few more people know about you/your website now – I hadn’t heard of you until I read this.

    They are running a time-limited competition. You are here to stay. You’ll still be here when they are onto the next big thing. But just in case they think of making this an annual event – get a trademark lawyer. They, even if “innocently” are “passing off”. You can prove you were using the “brand” long before they did. And I see they only use TM (even more in your favour).

    I’m not a lawyer though!

    Be positive. This could turn out to be the best.

  • Lane
    Posted at 16:39h, 20 June

    WTF? We’ll spread the word, and good luck.

  • Lane
    Posted at 16:40h, 20 June

    WTF? We’ll spread the word, and good luck!
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  • Dani Blanchette
    Posted at 17:34h, 20 June

    This is totally bunk! We are all behind you and YOUR brand. Are you allowed to write about this for online and print papers? Do news interview about it? Write HuffPost or TNooz? Anything to bring this theft more into light?
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  • lee
    Posted at 17:48h, 20 June

    thime to get this on the international news: lets start with the today show and go from there
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  • Chris
    Posted at 17:48h, 20 June

    Stick with it bro – you’re totally in the right and you have the whole blog community behind you.

    I had some tour company steal some of my images for an ad campaign – it took alot of work but I got recognition and compensation for my work.

    These companies will play the long game hoping you’ll give up – dont.

    The best revenge you can have is to keep going.
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  • Kara Williams
    Posted at 17:53h, 20 June

    I feel for you.

    Did you not trademark your website name when you started the URL two years ago?

    • Dave
      Posted at 18:07h, 20 June

      Kara,

      I discussed trademarks with Mr. Michael Hodson when another blogger used my site’s name in a URL. I even talked to an SATW lawyer to get a feel for my case.

      You really don’t need a trademark, officially, if you’ve been using the name for a period of time. The longer the period, the stronger your case for owning it. Of course filing and making it official helps, but even then, you’re at risk for losing your trademark if you don’t defend it. And hiring lawyers to do that can easily cost thousands.

      The company ripping him off has in-house legal, whereas I doubt he and most indie bloggers/writers can afford to mount a serious defense of their trademark.

      In the end, I came away feeling like there’s no point in applying for a trademark unless you’re willing to defend it, and even then, you could spend a ton of money and still lose.
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  • TammyOnTheMove
    Posted at 18:32h, 20 June

    I am so sorry to hear that. I will definitely share your post! Don’t give up though. You have worked so hard, don’t let these idiots take this away from you!

  • Delia
    Posted at 18:40h, 20 June

    turner-
    i am so sorry this happened to you. it’s already so hard to make a living the way you do, never mind if someone swoops in and basically steals your whole life. keep fighting the good fight, and don’t let them stop you from doing the work you love and writing about it. good luck, and give a shout if there’s anything your fans can do.
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  • Gina M.
    Posted at 18:44h, 20 June

    This is seriously messed up! We are all on your side supporting you and we will continue to spread the word. You WILL win this battle! -G

  • Peter
    Posted at 18:53h, 20 June

    Damn those heartless bastards.

    I posted it up on reddit for you — http://www.reddit.com/r/travel/comments/1grn0y/the_around_the_world_in_80_jobs_blogger_has_had/
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  • Amanda
    Posted at 19:18h, 20 June

    This is lower than low. I’m really sorry, Turner, and I hope this company feels the wrath of the travel blogging community!
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  • Donna Hull
    Posted at 19:20h, 20 June

    I’m so sorry that this has happened to you. Don’t give up! What a bummer.

  • David
    Posted at 19:20h, 20 June

    You can actually suggest an edit for their Facebook page which is classified as a “community page” and you can specify the official page is actually https://www.facebook.com/80worldjobs which is your FB page.
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  • Vanessa (@Turnipseeds)
    Posted at 19:27h, 20 June

    I’m sorry this happened to you and I hope you feel the support of the entire blogger community behind you.

    I’m not sure what the legal status is right now, but if you need financial support in this battle I think it’s a worthwhile fight, one I will help with if I can personally, and one I will help organize if needbe.

    If you are close to a university, it might be worth checking if their law department does casework with the senior students. It might be a less expensive option for legal assistance.

  • Amanda Halm
    Posted at 19:29h, 20 June

    Wow. That’s so shitty and frustrating :(.

  • Mel @ Trailing After God
    Posted at 19:36h, 20 June

    So so wrong. I’m so sorry for what you are going through and praying for your situation to work out in YOUR favor. What a horrible thing to do to someone.

  • Vanessa (@Turnipseeds)
    Posted at 19:43h, 20 June

    Update! Drew Curtis from Fark.com is aware of the case and is going to make some noise.

  • Mark From 423
    Posted at 19:51h, 20 June

    Just used the contact section of the firm in question to tell them that I thought they were petty thieves and should be ashamed of themselves.

  • Helen
    Posted at 19:56h, 20 June

    Hi Turner,

    This is shocking to hear and I really hope you stick it to the man and take these bastards down! They shouldn’t be able to do this, surely. As a fellow blogger I would be absolutely gutted if some plagiarised or ripped off my work in any way, it’s so personal to me and I put a lot of myself into every post. Your website is 100% you and no one should be able to take that away from you.

    Good luck with everything, we are all on your side.
    H
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  • Raul Felix
    Posted at 20:06h, 20 June

    This is bull shit in the highest degree. Remember though, they may have a contest, but they don’t have your personality and creative talents. Destroy them and wreck their world with whatever legal channels you can.

  • Ian Robinson
    Posted at 20:11h, 20 June

    Holy Crap! This is not good. How about Kickstarting a legal fund? What on earth? There’s gotta be a way to fight this!

    I’ve got a podcast and I’d love to have you on. Please feel free to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help @independentian or facebook.com/independentian

  • Erin Bender (Travel With Bender)
    Posted at 20:18h, 20 June

    As a fellow blogger I am shocked at this, it’s so terrible, I’m so sorry. I’ve tweeted and commented on their facebook. Can’t you claim “prior art” seems pretty clear cut to me. 🙁
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  • Caz Makepeace
    Posted at 20:24h, 20 June

    Gosh, so sorry to hear about this. This is awful. Cannot believe that people do stuff like this. We’ll do our best to spread the word about this company and what they have done. I hope it turns out really well for you. This could be a blessing in disguise

  • Nikole Gipps
    Posted at 20:32h, 20 June

    I’m so sorry this has happened to you. I agree with the people above who said keep with it, as their contest is much shorter than the amount of work you have put into it … and hopefully this post will spread some awareness, and someone will help you with the legal side!

  • Anna
    Posted at 20:33h, 20 June

    Hi Turner,
    What a frustratingly horrible situation. Hopefully Adecco will end their cowardice soon and right their wrongs. Shame on them. You are so creative and you have a beautiful travel page. I hope that you keep your chin up and never stop following your dreams. I’ve got your back.

    -Anna

    PS: I’ll be making noise on Twitter, Facebook, their website, and wherever else I can think of.
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  • Alex
    Posted at 20:42h, 20 June

    This is not nice, particularly the passing off aspect. Adecco or the agency should know better.

  • Melina Tomson
    Posted at 20:46h, 20 June

    If you look up their trademark at the USPTO.gov, they applied for the trademark in April 2013. You need to contest it. There is a period after an application in which people who feel they have rights to those words can contest it. The TM after the phrase means they are attempting to trademark it. An ® after the phrase means it is officially theirs and registered.

    It isn’t theirs yet, unless you choose to do nothing and let them have it. An IP attorney can help you contest it.

    Good luck. 🙂

  • illana
    Posted at 20:50h, 20 June

    This is just disgusting. Just here to support you. Also… you may want to report their Facebook content as intellectual property theft. https://www.facebook.com/legal/copyright.php.

    There are a lot of us out there who sit firmly in your corner.
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  • Dreamlining Bec
    Posted at 20:53h, 20 June

    SHAME SHAME SHAME on Adecco Recruitment. You have got to be kidding!!!!!! Good luck in taking them down. I have shared everywhere too. Hopefully the message will get across. Best of luck.
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  • janet
    Posted at 21:00h, 20 June

    dude, they trademarked your name!? i guess they thought it was up for grabs since it wasn’t trademarked? :/ either way, messed up and they should pay. hope you find a solution!

  • Jenneil Parks
    Posted at 21:07h, 20 June

    Posting in solidarity!! Spread the word wherever you can, Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, etc… Good luck Turner.
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  • Captain and Clark
    Posted at 21:17h, 20 June

    This is awful! As the comments for evidence, the travel blogging community has your back. Keep up the fight. We’re pulling for you.
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  • Cacinda Maloney
    Posted at 21:21h, 20 June

    This is pretty shocking that it could occur. Makes each of us worry about our own Brand that we create. Good Luck and keep us posted on the latest.
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  • Carrie
    Posted at 21:52h, 20 June

    Hi Turner,

    I am so sorry that this has happened to you. That is really, really awful. I agree with Gary’s comment though. There must be some way to turn this to your advantage. You’ve got the blogging community behind you. I hope you’ll let us know how we can help, other than just sharing your story and getting the word out there.

    Carrie
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  • Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    Posted at 21:53h, 20 June

    When you told us about this a while back I was kinda hoping things would turn out well in the end. I have no words; but for what it’s worth, you have our support!
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  • Samuel Jeffery
    Posted at 21:58h, 20 June

    Keep your head up Turner. They simply aren’t going to get away with it if we make enough noise.
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  • nate
    Posted at 22:00h, 20 June

    You should get a lawyer fast. There are some boutique firms that specialize in work for “creatives”; you could probably also cut a great deal with a large pitbull firm. Maybe someone on your blog or from reddit will step in.

    It really does look like they’ve ripped off your personal “look and feel” with their actor , so a lawyer might have some good fun.

    They applied for a trademark on your name under 2 classes; you can file an opposition with the USPTO, but can’t do so until they’re further along in the process (annoying, i know).

    In any event, get a lawyer and sue them. Don’t settle where they admit no fault — make them throw their marketing team under a bus.

  • Aaron @ Aaron's Worldwide Adventures
    Posted at 22:18h, 20 June

    Yes, it sucks, especially that they trademarked the name!!! But look on the bright side? In a sense, this is free publicity for you! And how is that a bad thing?
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  • Robert Schrader
    Posted at 22:44h, 20 June

    And they had the nerve to use a ™ symbol next to your brand on their site. Unbelievable!
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  • Victoria
    Posted at 23:15h, 20 June

    Hey Turner, So sorry to hear this. It’s so incredibly outrageous and unfair. What utter bastards. I’l do my best to spread the word. It seems like it’s creating quite the storm!
    And don’t worry too much. I’m sure you’re blog will continue to be successful regardless.
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  • Melanie Murrish
    Posted at 23:18h, 20 June

    Everything happens for a reason…….this too, shall pass…….and yeah, I’ve posted on facebook and twitter, and you tube, and Adecco’s site and I am calmly awaiting their response. I found your blog through their rip off tactics, so thanks Adecco! 😉

  • Stuart P Turner
    Posted at 00:15h, 21 June

    Hey Turner,

    I just stumbled across this on Twitter and I’m only really echoing the comments above but (a) this toitally sucks and smacks of lazy marketing by massively uncreative indivuduals and more importantly (b) I really hope this doesn’t kill your project, because it’s inspiring to see people not only forging their lives in the way they want, but putting time into sharing it with everyone else.

    Keep the faith brother, shills like this always get their comuppance eventually.

    spt

  • Megan
    Posted at 00:39h, 21 June

    Do. Not. Give. Up. Let the blogging community get the word out. Find a lawyer to at least write a letter informing them that you aren’t backing down. Contest, niggle and annoy them at every turn…letter from a lawyer, contest the TM, report them on Facebook. We’re behind you.
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  • Madaboutravel
    Posted at 00:42h, 21 June

    Wow Turner… This sucks! I am astonished at how could they think they could do this and think they’d get away with it. Be strong and fight for your dreams. You’ll make them regret the day they thought about stealing your dream.

    Big hugs from Barcelona
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  • Ingrid
    Posted at 00:45h, 21 June

    I just googled as you suggested and placed this email contact with Adecco:

    I just became acquainted with ‘your’ recent trademark ‘around the World in 80 jobs’ . How can you blatantly steal and trademark something that has been used by another person for more than 2 years? I would have thought more from a global Employment Agency like Adecco. I will be sharing the knowledge I have with friends, family and fans of my own personal blog to ensure this is fundamentally bouycotted and shared.
    I challenge you to get in touch with the originator of the idea and MAKE IT RIGHT – http://aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/how-i-got-fired-from-the-job-i-invented

    Good luck!! Assomeone above said you should be able to contest this as you existed before them – know anyone who is a lawyer? You may find someone will sort this pro bono for you and for the publicity?

    Ciao

  • Isabel @alphamom
    Posted at 01:00h, 21 June

    i’m not a lawyer, but I also think that one can prove that they knowing infringement (even though you may not have trademarked it yet) then you can seek punitive damages. You can do a forensic analysis (EASY) of your web traffic. I’m sure Adecco uses a T1 line so their name will show up as having visited your website on Google Analytics (their IP identity won’t be masked by a ISP).

    You indicate you have a lawyer already, so I’m sure you know to keep any correspondence that from others who are confused and wondering whether you are working with Adecco. That shows “confusion in the marketplace” which is a basic standard used for determining infringement.

    Don’t let it go. Even if this was done on behalf of Adecco by an agency, they aren’t off the hook. Totally unacceptable.

    Again, you clearly have first use and I would look for damages.
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    • Kuba
      Posted at 01:56h, 23 June

      First of all, a T1 line is rather inadequate if you are a media-centric business. I’d say that for general browsing use, a T1 line is a slow anachronism, nothing to brag about. A decent 4G cellphone internet connection will be 5-10x faster, for crying out loud. And where on Earth did you come up with an idea that “IP identity” is “masked” by ISPs? It’s not masked, it’s simply part of a customer record, and businesses generally don’t give out their customer records without having pretty damn good reasons to do so. It doesn’t matter whether you are a commercial or a business customer, it doesn’t matter whether you are on a T1 line or a DSL.

      It’s not like everyone who has a fast business connection to the Internet owns their own IP range so that whois gives you their (or their proxy’s) information directly.

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  • Kristjan Logason
    Posted at 01:25h, 21 June

    This is totally unacceptable

    Folks spread the word Tweet, fb pin and what ever this is not only bad for those with good ideas this is corporate bully-ism and bad creative judgement from ad agency

  • Fiona Maclean
    Posted at 01:36h, 21 June

    Appalling! I saw this competition and thought about having a go!!!! but I’d never seen your blog.

    Really Appalling!

  • TravMonkey
    Posted at 02:20h, 21 June

    Hi Turner,

    This is really really poor form from the company involved, I’m not quite sure how they thought it’d go unnoticed.

    There’s nothing worse than someone stealing your creative ideas without any originality or even acknowledgement.

    Good luck with getting justice.

    Sure it’ll have a decent ending.
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  • Dan - This World Rocks
    Posted at 02:31h, 21 June

    This is incredible. I’ve heard of things like this happening before, but never have I seen an agency/company do it with such arrogance. I’m glad this is going viral!

    Dan
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  • Sam @ Travellingking.com
    Posted at 02:34h, 21 June

    Keep your head up Turner! Don’t like “the man” get you down. You have an amazing blog – keep on fighting! We are all behind you!
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  • Mike From Maine
    Posted at 02:43h, 21 June

    I’m really sorry to hear about this. I’ve shared on all my social sites. I hope that those assholes hear that they can’t steal ideas like this!
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  • Jennifer Avventura
    Posted at 02:44h, 21 June

    Thank you for making your story public. You’ve been brazenly ripped off and should be compensated. I’ve shared your story on the social media sites. Don’t give up the fight!
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  • Dustin
    Posted at 02:54h, 21 June

    As awful as this is (and has been for the past few months already), it’s really great to see so many people coming together to help.
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  • Runaway Brit
    Posted at 02:58h, 21 June

    Everything has already been said in the comments above, but just wanted to say that I’ll be adding my voice on social media, and spreading the word. They shouldn’t get away with this.

    Hope you get some compensation. Stay positive!
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  • Tom @ Waegook Tom
    Posted at 03:00h, 21 June

    The blogging community have your back, and I don’t think Adecco’s campaign is that successful, anyway. They’ve bought FB followers from the looks of it – 100k+, and they’re getting 10 or under comments per post…of course that’s not including the ones that people have been commenting on telling them to #makeitright.

    I know it sucks, but try to keep doing what you were doing before. Plus, think of all the publicity!
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  • Stacie
    Posted at 03:01h, 21 June

    This is shameful and a blatant copy. You should be able to get the trademark as you can prove first use but still…what a rude thing to do.

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  • Becki | BackpackerBecki
    Posted at 03:14h, 21 June

    Keep fighting and stay strong! You have the whole blogging community behind you… and much better stories and brand exposure than a short-lived rip-off campaign. Good luck!
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  • Linda @EcoTraveller
    Posted at 03:45h, 21 June

    What a nightmare! What’s so spooky about it is them using someone that looks like you. They weren’t even trying to cover it up. Guess they don’t realise the power of the travel blogger community! Will spread the word.

    I have something a little similar going on, but left it as the company – Eco Traveller – just seems to have so much money I think it would be pointless chasing it up. This gives me a bit of hope.

    Good luck!

  • Ron
    Posted at 03:53h, 21 June

    Dude…this blows! But you are an epic writer…and we have this thing called social media today.

    In case you never heard of it…it’s a game changer. It enables David’s (like you) to take on (and defeat) goliath’s like…I won’t even dignify the scumbags by saying their name.

    So get out your Mac…and go f..k them up! Karma (and negative PR) is a b…h!

  • acd
    Posted at 04:04h, 21 June

    Check out this organization and see if they can help https://www.eff.org/

  • Raymond @ Man On The Lam
    Posted at 04:04h, 21 June

    Who’d have thought one of Adecco’s 80 jobs involved putting someone over a barrel. Assholes!
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  • TashaB
    Posted at 04:05h, 21 June

    OMG! That’s such appalling behaviour! I will definately be adding my voice to your social media campaign! Right vs might once again! Good luck with this. There are many of us who care about your success!
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  • Jonny Blair
    Posted at 04:23h, 21 June

    Turner – I love your site and your outlook on life. You have created something amzing with Around the World in 80 Jobs. Yo have my full support and I hope you can get though this. Don’t let the ba$tard$ grind you down. Fight fight fight. Chin up and good luck. Jonny
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  • Rui
    Posted at 04:28h, 21 June

    this is outrageous. Social media has your back

  • Gardpaou
    Posted at 04:31h, 21 June

    Don’t give up!

    And you know what? Some good might come out of all this : I didn’t know your blog before, so even if it’s a hard blow to get, you might just end up winning the battle AND get more followers!

    Anyways, good luck and SCREW ADDECO!

  • Rui
    Posted at 04:39h, 21 June

    Dude the dominoes have started to fall….don’t turn in to them though! Milk them! Milk them HARD! Make it a PR nightmare for these shits.

  • Kimi
    Posted at 05:00h, 21 June

    Hi there,

    I read your story and think that you may get some traction under competition law. If you have had your trademark and trade name registered, this should also help. Will show this to a fried of mine in IP and tech law.

  • John Pedroza
    Posted at 05:44h, 21 June

    Actually I had never heard of you or Adecco until some other travel bloggers started talking about you. I will be watching your progress. I hope you keep up the fight and I am happy to have found another travel blog.
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  • Will Thoms
    Posted at 05:47h, 21 June

    You’ve got so much support, Turner! You’ll get through this! Let’s kick up a fuss, everyone!
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  • Candice
    Posted at 05:56h, 21 June

    Reading this really upsets me. My website has been tormented by big companies too, but not to this extreme!
    They could at least come up with their own creative ideas as ‘marketing experts’ after all!
    I wish you all the best, and I hope you beat them at this unfair game!
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  • Turner
    Posted at 13:53h, 21 June

    test.

  • Jason
    Posted at 13:54h, 21 June

    This is truly appalling. I actually found your site recently as I was doing research for my travel based web project and was absolutely loving your writing and concept. This pisses me off! No way will this company get away with this. We are on your side brother. Hope to see you at WDS and let me know if there is anything we can do. Sign a petition? Write our congress? Name it!

  • RTWgirl
    Posted at 13:56h, 21 June

    I’m so so sorry. This is horrible yet not astonishing. Typical corporate bullshit once again.

    We’re all behind you!!!

  • Turner
    Posted at 13:57h, 21 June

    testing.

  • Ariel
    Posted at 13:58h, 21 June

    Say whaaa! …some people.
    But hey, keep your head up, and throw it back in their face by coming out on top!
    We’re cheering for you! 🙂

  • Larissa
    Posted at 14:18h, 21 June

    Big hug, TB. I have a good feeling that you’re going to come out on top and I will be there to spray some champagne in your face when you do. You’ve worked so hard for this which clearly you have hundreds of people to back you up on and don’t you even think about giving up on the dream.

    You’re one of the more talented and entertaining ones in the industry and I am proud of you for sticking this battle out because it needs to be fought. Hang in there, we are all behind you <3

  • dmar
    Posted at 14:23h, 21 June

    How is what happened to “World Nutella Day” similar to yours and the other case? A simple trademark protect with a cease & desist?

  • delos
    Posted at 14:25h, 21 June

    So what are you doing to fight this? Nothing? Shame on you then I guess. If you aren’t battling you have no right to complain.

    If you don’t have the desire to fight for what is yours than people should take it from you.

    • Dave
      Posted at 15:09h, 21 June

      He is clearly doing something by appealing to his audience to bring attention to the situation via social media, and it’s working.

      Unfortunately, it can easily cost thousands of dollars to hire a lawyer and seriously go at a company this big. Tens of thousands. Most bloggers don’t have that kind of money laying around.

      I think he’s doing the right thing, I’d do the same. It’s basically a David v Goliath.

  • Joanne
    Posted at 14:52h, 21 June

    Hi Turner, everyone who knows about this is rooting for you. Don’t give up man. You’ve got a lot of new readers because of this. Best of luck, love and support from Toronto, Canada. Tell us what you need and we’ll make it happen, alright?

  • Lisa @chickybus
    Posted at 15:00h, 21 June

    So sorry to hear that this happened to you. How awful. I’m really glad that you wrote this and wish you the best of luck. You have a lot of support from the travel community and we’ll do whatever we can to help you. I’ll be on the lookout for your tweets and will RT them whenever I can.

    Best of luck–hope you nail them!

  • Veronica
    Posted at 15:11h, 21 June

    I cannot believe this happened to you. That is just insane that a person or team of people could think this was a perfectly legitimate thing to do and steal your name and likeness. Trademarks are not cheap and you have to get one in every country you want to protect yourself in. As on online business this can be too expensive to do when you have readers all over the world. Best of luck in your endeavours. I hope you can sue them for massive damages as you were using the name far before they trademarked the name.

  • Gemma W.
    Posted at 15:22h, 21 June

    I saw this being shared on Facebook and I sincerely hope you get justice for this. I will tweet this out for you. Best of luck.

  • Nik Muhammad
    Posted at 15:25h, 21 June

    Damn that Adecco..Be strong bro! God bless ya!

  • Ryan from Jets Like Taxis
    Posted at 15:34h, 21 June

    I just tried to watch their video after seeing the comments. It has now been made private on YouTube. Woops!

    Best of luck, man. F*ck those fools.

  • Mattson
    Posted at 15:38h, 21 June

    Just sent my opinion to the company via their contact form.
    Assholes.

  • Vero4travel
    Posted at 15:53h, 21 June

    Wow! that is the most stupid thing that I have seen in my life. How is it possible? Why they do that?

    I did an internship in Adecco because was obligatory for the degree. They did not pay me in 4 months!!!! and now they copy this kind of things.

    I desire you the best!. If I can help you please let me know.

    Vero4travel
    Jesús

  • Patrick
    Posted at 16:37h, 21 June

    What a crappy situation you’re in…I’m pulling for you!

  • Dave S
    Posted at 17:05h, 21 June

    Give’em hell Turner. For every creative person 1000 “brokers” will materialize–lawyers in tow. If you stop what you do they win. The internet is a great leveling field and corporations do not more power than individuals. They are getting desperate.

  • Anne
    Posted at 17:23h, 21 June

    Hi Turner, as a blogger myself, I feel enraged by your plight. I just wrote a letter to Adecco. I hope social media does its job and pops the lid of these terrible injustices. I wish you luck in your fight. Below is my letter… thought I’d share so you know what I said:

    Shame on you, Adecco! How could you rob Turner Barr of his all his blood, sweat and tears! Your company is nothing more than a bunch of pirates. If another company swooped in, one that was bigger than you, one that had more money, and pulled the rug under all your hard work and claimed it as their own, you would certainly feel the sting of injustice… but because you are the big guy, somehow you feel vindicated in a bully kind of way, I suppose. You’ve not given any credit to Mr. Barr… no acknowledgement, no money. That’s blatant identity theft. And you should be persecuted. You put a TM beside Around The World in 80 Jobs and it’s not even your brand to trademark. These types of shenanigans will end up destroying the fabric of your own brand. People aren’t stupid. They will see you for what you are: blood sucking vampires. Social media is a powerful awareness tool and it will surely crush you… maybe not overnight, but your integrity has been compromised, and why the hell would anyone want to be associated with a company who endorses such betrayal. Hmm, you have a slogan that says ‘Can we coach you into a job?’… the answer is ‘well, we can definitely coach you in the sleaziest, underhanded way on how to steal a job’. Does you HR department know what you’re doing? Does your legal department know what you are doing? What is your vision exactly? Your logo’s tag line is ‘better work, better life.’ As long as you’re not Turner Barr, eh? You are HURTING another human being. Think about it. You are screwing with someone’s life. Way to go… happy, now?

  • Robert
    Posted at 17:31h, 21 June

    Saw this on a friend’s blog and FB comments. Definitely not cool….Theft and plagiarism seems to the code of conduct for too many corporations today. Have you thought of taking this to Change.org? I’ve seen a lot of bad situations turn around because of the power of numbers.

  • Butterfly Jewel
    Posted at 17:50h, 21 June

    So sorry to hear what happened! Didn’t even think about something like that happening. However, I hope it works out in your favor!

  • Prescott Computer
    Posted at 18:27h, 21 June

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  • Jane
    Posted at 18:32h, 21 June

    Hey Turner, so sorry to hear about what has happened to you, but the good news is the blogging communities are rallying behind you in support. We look forward to your future updates on how this saga plays out, and please don’t ever give up!

  • Vic
    Posted at 19:04h, 21 June

    You’ve got too much good will from the active online community to lose this.

    And for fuck’s sake stop feeling sorry for yourself!

  • carolina
    Posted at 19:06h, 21 June

    Sorry 🙁

  • Andrés V
    Posted at 19:25h, 21 June

    You have the support of Hispanic community bloggers. We spread your post! Good luck!!

  • Eric Floresca
    Posted at 19:59h, 21 June

    Man you’ve done something most of us can only hope to do or fail in its pursuit. You have a great audience and they’ve follow you because of who you are not the company you worked for. I guess I can’t say much but maybe this is an opportunity for you to find a new space to tackle, a new focus or to show them exactly what you have built.

  • Fly Brother
    Posted at 20:02h, 21 June

    Keep your head up, my dude. Paz e bem!

  • Lesley Dewar
    Posted at 20:07h, 21 June

    Turner: you have a very good case under trademark law based on usage to get his own trademark registered and have their application knocked out.

    But, having had my slogan and concept stolen by BT, after twelve months work and being devastated by their actions, I understand how you feel so low and unable to get back into action.

    It’s totally demoralising when your IP is ripped off by a corporate and you feel powerless to right them.

    My business (The Rollover Shop) was the first in Australia to start consolidating small super funds for individuals.

    Tag line: Changing jobs? Don’t leave your super behind!
    Sound familiar? 🙂

    Go get them! I am sharing your story with a patent attorney friend of mine in the US.

  • Victoria
    Posted at 20:57h, 21 June

    Go to http://www.Change.org and post a petition. In addition to the worldwide attention you have already gained a petition there will galvanize people to come together in one place internationally to object to what they are doing.

    In Florida when the Treyvon Martin case was taken to Change.org it garnered over a million signatures.

  • Brenna
    Posted at 22:13h, 21 June

    Wow, this is terrible. I’m really sorry to hear that this happened to you, but as all the comments above suggest, you have the full support of the blogging community. I’m sending good vibes your way and fucking awful vibes their way.

  • Alana - Paper Planes
    Posted at 22:59h, 21 June

    What a mess…definitely think you’ll be able to use it to your advantage though at some point – good luck!

  • Angela
    Posted at 23:07h, 21 June

    This is corporate greed at its best, there is something very wrong in our society if this is allowed to happen.

  • Rob Jenkins
    Posted at 23:19h, 21 June

    Hang in there, we are all pulling for you! I hope you have some legal recourse in the future. My guess is that if you get lots of media attention, they will purchase the idea rather than be shown to be such a ‘evil corporation’ stereotype. It is clear they know where it comes from as they hired a lookalike of sorts.

  • Julie
    Posted at 23:21h, 21 June

    Blog writers represent!

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  • Natasha
    Posted at 00:36h, 22 June

    You have every right to feel violated as such. To now expend your energy over such unnecessary shit is heartbreaking to hear. But you have reason to stand your ground and show these manipulators that justice will be served. Yes your creative energy is zapped. But guess what – many are now watching and gaining positive insight from your strength to stand up and set an example. This is a twist to your blogging life but one that will set a major example and bring shame to this company !

  • Kate ho
    Posted at 00:40h, 22 June

    Just echoing everyone’s sentiment – don’t give up!

  • Jon Brooke
    Posted at 00:56h, 22 June

    This is standard practice for so called marketing “creatives” who never have a creative thought in their lives, but rely on stealing the ideas of others. You’ve got the internet on your side, so give ’em a bloody nose!

  • Brendon @ Nerd Travels
    Posted at 01:46h, 22 June

    This is so terrible :(. The community is behind you. I hope things work out for you

  • @LoredanaMonte
    Posted at 02:46h, 22 June

    Hey, this is really annoying! But on the up side, I wouldn’t have heard about you if I didn’t read about this story.. and I’m sure many other people stumble across your blog just because of this. I’m definitely going to become an enthusiastic reader of your blog from now on as what I’ve read so far really impressed me! 🙂

  • Viajeropedia
    Posted at 02:52h, 22 June

    Incredible!! :S

  • Jake Axeminster
    Posted at 03:31h, 22 June

    Until reading this blog, which shocked me to the core, I had never heard of you.

    I have now.

    I hope you get your project back, with suitable compensation.

    And when you do, I, as well as others, will be joining your audience.

  • mo
    Posted at 03:50h, 22 June

    Hi,

    You have all our support.

    I am going through something very similar, again, a multi-billion $ company.

    damn! reach out anytime if there is something we can do about it..

  • Michela @RockyTravel Blog
    Posted at 05:25h, 22 June

    Hi Turner, I am very sorry to read abou what happened, which is outrageously unfair. Fortunately facts evidence will help win over them so as to restore your brand and image the soonest. And I agree with the ones here saying “it may be a blessing in disguise”. When the legal saga will be over great opportunities may open up for you. So, keep fighting! We from the blogger community are all supporting you!

  • Michael
    Posted at 05:46h, 22 June

    Hang in there! Keep working on what has made your brand a success. You will win out in the end because you have “right” on your side. I never heard of you before this and now I have because of all this brouhah. You will survive.

  • Lisa
    Posted at 05:54h, 22 June

    If you want to take any good away from this, I only found out about you because of this story and I will now be following your blogs.

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  • Victoria @ My Daily Cuppa
    Posted at 07:15h, 22 June

    How disgusting that some individual thought they could get away with presenting the company with an idea that that stole from you. How that person, that department, that whole company thought that they would get away with it in this day and age of Twitter, Facebook, Google+ is beyond me.

    Good luck, I hope that they come grovelling with apologies etc.

  • GoYvon
    Posted at 07:23h, 22 June

    Oh man, I don’t know what to say other than that it sucks!

    Like many other people who have left a reponse; I also only found out about you because of all this happening and will be on your side. As well as following you.

    Keep your head up!

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  • Maria @CrashingRed
    Posted at 07:44h, 22 June

    Right now you need all support you can get. Don’t disappear. Post updates on how you go with the case, keep us informed. You’re absolutely right, It’s not just you it’s a much bigger thing.

    I had my images, content and ideas “borrowed” without asking so many times. Once one brand used my images for their site front page, another send me their media kit with my photos in it – they used my work (my face! and my style) for their advertising without even asking me or apologizing when I found out and emailed them asking to take it down…

    So, you’re not alone, Turner. You have to win this fight for us, for all bloggers out there. We’re with you!

  • Anon
    Posted at 07:52h, 22 June

    Hi Tuner, this post is on inbound.org. I’m sure the seo community can collectively help you, we hate this kind of shit 😉

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  • Sean McGuire
    Posted at 08:26h, 22 June

    Get a good lawyer dude! I recently had something a little like this happen, except it was a tshirt design I created 20 years ago was appropriated by a much larger company. I haven’t really pursued suing them myself, but I think you should. fight back and don’t let them sap your will- easier said than done I know, but just post about how they ripped you off if nothing else.

  • Sean
    Posted at 08:28h, 22 June

    Make them pay one way or another!!!!!

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  • Nicola Charlton
    Posted at 09:55h, 22 June

    Hi Turner. I also just got into reading this through a post on Facebook and will use the poor amount of clout I do have to continue spreading the word. I am not a travel blogger but I am a blogger in other fields and I am astounded how this can happen so blatantly. Pay no attention to the people that are saying you should have trademarked it first or that you should stop feeling sorry for yourself. No one can possibly know how devastating it is to have your work stolen like this or how futile it can feel to continue. That said I really do think you should continue as other have said. So many of us that had never heard of you are rallying round to support. Do what they are suggesting, put it on Change.org, start a kickstart campaign and see how much money you can raise from all of us to help you fight this, I would contribute for sure!
    One other thing you may take from this has been touched on, but it might be a new direction you can look into. I’m not saying instead of this but as well. David v Goliath dot com anyone! Get another blog going, monetized etc, following what has happened to you, what you go up against and what the end result is. I am sure that almost everyone who has taken the time to comment on this will be support you and you could set up a progress that protect all us “little guys and girls” who are trying to get by and run afoul of such dirty tactics.
    Keep positive, its a trial by fire, but anything that is molded by fire will always come out stronger! Much love Nici xxx

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    Posted at 10:21h, 22 June
  • Kris Emery
    Posted at 10:47h, 22 June

    This is appalling. So sorry to hear about what’s happened to you. Yet more proof of how uncreative the corporate world is. Adecco, a multi-billion company, can’t RECRUIT anyone good enough to come up with their own marketing ideas. Says a lot.

  • Jonathan Hinshaw
    Posted at 10:51h, 22 June

    I came across your video and while I should have been shocked, I wasn’t. It’s like we’ve come to expect big corporations to just come in and act like this. What I found interesting was my own reaction. It was like “another corp stealing ideas.” – which when you think about it, that’s just wrong. I guess we’ve been trained that they have all the money, all the connections, but none of the ideas. So, they steal them – and we(the viewers) just look the other way while we enjoy our new TV shows.

    I’ll share, post, tweet and send this to everyone I know. It’s wrong. I mean, no 2 ways about it, it just sucks. But what sucks most of all is that it wasn’t shocking which says something about this culture of ours.

  • uran idoit
    Posted at 10:56h, 22 June

    you dont own ideas…. you own copy rights and trademarks though!

    • Niki
      Posted at 14:59h, 22 June

      Absolutely correct. I wonder if it’s possible to TM a catch phrase that was clearly taken from “Around the World in 80 days.” The book of the same title was by Jules Verne and the movie was released by Disney.

  • Andy
    Posted at 10:59h, 22 June

    That is totally messed up Turner. I just read into this story a bit and it is disgusting. I cannot believe that someone would completely steal something like this especially a blog, when a blogger pours thousands of hours of hard work creating an image. There is not even a chance of this being a mistake as they likely searched the title before creating the event. I sincerely hope that you are able to resolve this situation.

    Andy from Backpacking Diplomacy

  • Camels & Chocolate
    Posted at 11:38h, 22 June

    Well, look on the bright side: You just gained a whole lot of new followers who found you through this debacle (myself included), and I have a strong feeling things are going to work out in your favor.

    • Matt
      Posted at 14:34h, 22 June

      Ditto, a friend posted about this shamefulness on Facebook. I’m now getting ready to release some social media justice! This crap will not stand.

  • Will
    Posted at 12:05h, 22 June

    Just sent them an e-mail telling them how unhappy I am with this blatant theft.Hope this works out well in the end for you, because it sure isn’t going to for adecco.

  • Shawn Carpenter
    Posted at 12:07h, 22 June

    Take names, kick ass and be a bigger man than this faceless corporation could ever be. Find a loophole and use their marketing people for exposure. Create your own corporate contact list off of their backs and when you need funding for your own project open your newly found contact list and profit from their thievery!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 12:24h, 22 June

    Everything happens for a reason! Hang on in there, this may just turn out to be the best thing to happen to you! Support from Ireland… and a job if you come this way! 😀

  • Liza
    Posted at 13:12h, 22 June

    Don’t let this bring you down. You, YOU have obviously have created something of value that people have grown to admire and flatter you with imitation. Keep creating what makes you happy. Your fans love and appreciate you!

  • Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez
    Posted at 13:51h, 22 June

    Scarlet, Is it possible that you help having the copyright of my thesis of master´s degree in industrial engineering, and PhD in business. My thesis are in my Facebook page.

    https://www.facebook.com/notes/adalberto-cervantes-rodriguez/how-did-oracle-steal-my-ideas/484337798305612

  • Niki
    Posted at 14:55h, 22 June

    Was just curious if you had compensated the family of Jules Verne or the Walt Disney Corp. for either the book or the film entitled, “Around the World in 80 Days,” since the catch phrase, concept and blog title associated with the “job” you invented are all a direct rip off of intellectual property that you did not create. Good for you for having a passion and putting work into it, but be careful about the pot calling the kettle black.

    • Jim
      Posted at 17:35h, 22 June

      Once the author of a book as been dead for 70 years his work is considered in the public domain. Since Jules Verne died in 1905, Turner could post the whole book on his site if he wanted to.

      Even if it wasn’t in public domain, parodies are allowed by law. That’s why someone like Weird Al can basically copy other people’s songs.

      • Jack Waldron
        Posted at 09:07h, 23 June

        Sorry Jim, but you don;t know what you’re talking about. Copyright validity is a lot more complex than 70 years after the dearth of the author. The date of copyright is part of the equation, if it was published before 1923, it’s public domain. In the US. Maybe. Because international agreements may alter that. However, Jules Verne’s story was copyrighted in the 19th century. It’s long out of copyright.

        Furthermore, the rest of your legal reasoning is likewise flawed. Yes parodies are allowed, but I saw nothing on this site making the use of this term a parody. Parody has a legal definition, and I see nothing making a parody of Around the World in 80 Days here. He’s made a literary allusion to the title of the book, which would be protected anyway.

        Lastly, since Turner can show prior use nationwide and the infringer here of his common law trademark has a registered, but contestable trademark, Turner should have no trouble making them stop using his mark. But it will take time and expense in a court. Whereas had he registered this as a mark in 2011, the PTO would have enforced it for him. He would have had presumption of validity, rather than having to prove prior use.

        I’m not certain the suggestion to apply for a state mark at this juncture is warranted. I am not a lawyer and not Turner’s lawyer. Turner however should ask his attorney whether it would be wise to register a state mark now.

        Sorry to hear about your problems Turner, good luck in beating this trademark troll. Still they have a right to steal and use your idea. Ideas aren’t protected or protectable in the US.

    • Rob
      Posted at 17:43h, 22 June

      Bzzt. His creation is a derivative work. But Adecco derived nothing, created nothing. They stole the whole thing.

  • David @ HitTheRoad.ca
    Posted at 15:27h, 22 June

    When you look back on this, you might find that it’s the best thing that could have happened to you! I will be checking your Alexa score with great curiosity!

    David @

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  • Jeff Ferguson
    Posted at 15:33h, 22 June

    Sorry to hear about the high jacking… However, it does appear you didn’t take the usual precautions to protect yourself. You’ll probably get it back, but you kind of handed it right to the bastards.

    Plus, it’s no wonder you’re not ranking first for your own name… Besides a collection of SEO issues, you’re linking to the other site!! Take that down first, then lets talk about how to fix the rest (pro bono).

    Jeff @ Fang Digital

  • Turner Barr, Adecco & Legally Covering Your Ass | the middle finger project
    Posted at 15:53h, 22 June

    […] Turner Barr is a blogger who runs a site called Around the World in 80 Jobs. […]

  • holly
    Posted at 16:10h, 22 June

    Turner,
    Wow, just that. Wow.

    I’ll be standing and dropping by to see how this progresses –

    Both Thumbs Up to YOU!

    Holly

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | Exotic Travel
    Posted at 16:57h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses a emanate and raises a concerning fact that, among other things, a actor in […]

  • Anita
    Posted at 17:34h, 22 June

    I’ve found your site because of this story and that’s a good thing (for me at least!) you have a lot of support. Ash Ambirge at TMF has let her whole mailing list know that this has happened to you. I reckon Adecco used a creative agency for this who got lazy and stole your stuff. Amazing how these big companies still don’t realise just how powerful the Internet backlash can be. I will never go into an adecco agency again.

  • david tiberio
    Posted at 17:39h, 22 June

    This company filed a trademark and it was approved in the US in April of 2013. But you have a first use date going back to 2011, you can easily invalidate their trademark filing, but it will probably cost you some money.

    Save yourself some money and file a state trademark, it will cost you $30 or so, and you can get your first use date on paper. Some states only charge $15.

    Word Mark AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 JOBS
    Goods and Services IC 035. US 100 101 102. G & S: Employment agency services; consulting in personnel management; selection, recruitment and placement of temporary and permanent personnel; carrying out (psychological) attitude and behavior tests for placement and for personnel evaluations; providing young people with their first jobs and job trainings
    IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Providing workshops and personalized seminars (also online), in the field of techniques for persons looking for work, networking, career management, business management and manager coaching; running training programs in the fields of techniques for persons looking for work; organizing online games and competitions in the field of career planning

    Standard Characters Claimed
    Mark Drawing Code (4) STANDARD CHARACTER MARK
    Serial Number 85899485
    Filing Date April 9, 2013
    Current Basis 1B;44D;44E
    Original Filing Basis 1B;44D;44E
    Owner (APPLICANT) Adecco S.A. JOINT STOCK COMPANY SWITZERLAND Route de Bonmont 31 Cheserex SWITZERLAND 1275
    Attorney of Record Paul A. McLean
    Priority Date December 21, 2012
    Type of Mark SERVICE MARK
    Register PRINCIPAL
    Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

  • Magu Bee
    Posted at 17:57h, 22 June

    Hi Turner,

    I join the ranks of your supporters and will further spread the link with my contacts.

    Keep strong in your faith for what’s yours and know that you’re getting new fans by the hour. You will come stronger out of it, because you have an ever-stronger community behind you.

    Sending you loads of energy from Poland,
    Magda

  • Did A Multi-Billion Dollar Company Steal This Travel Blogger’s Brand?jirigrohmann.eu | jirigrohmann.eu
    Posted at 18:00h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Simon Frost
    Posted at 18:26h, 22 June

    You’ll at least get a small smile when you see what the Twitter feed on their site is saying…

  • anotherfool
    Posted at 18:47h, 22 June

    another citizen and fool in USA.
    1.)ALWAYS PRESENT a petition or something simple to do. Even fools and those
    who do NOT fully agree with you will help you out.

    2.)sometimes you have to post the PHONE NUMBER (cell phone?) or whatever of
    the CEO OR THE PRESIDENT and KEEP REMINDING HIM. remember the president
    or head has a lot of ‘alleged girlfriends, cronies – errr common presidents as in
    CRONY CAPITALISM, reading trash magazines… etc on his mind.

    3.)THE KNG OF THE JUNGLE IS NOT THE LION. It is the skunk. Your stink and
    your firepower and legal lawsuits are LAUGHED AT. But make sure that the
    delicious odor remains.

    4.)simple and easy. ask STEVEN KING, novelist, other famous comic book writers.
    even the guy who wrote AMERICAN AIRLINES BREAKS GUITARS. ask them
    to include a one page naming the NAME OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE ORG.

    5.)about intellectual property and even you personal resemblance – the org comes
    from a country that can LAUGH AT THE LAW. For example, China is communist.
    THEY ARE PROUD about COMMUNISM. they still have plenty of nuclear bombs.
    the CEO could legally change his name. his company. send him money to
    foundations like the BILL GATES FOUNDATION.

    YOU GET NOTHING.

    6.)any further attempts are met by the PATENT TROLLS looking at your friends and
    family via the social networks like LINKED IN which has had major security breaches.
    Still think you will win?

    7.)The SKUNK has no fangs. NO armor. whatever it is, the stink must rise about the
    NORMAL STINK and normal corruption and even alleged SERIAL KILLERS in the USA
    like IRISH MAFIA Whitey Bulger.

    8.)Actually in theory Whitey Bulger played both sides. He was a ‘double agent’ or
    maybe TRIPLE AGENT…. ..

    9.)think of WalMart. the founder was famous for spending a lot of time in the
    competitor stores. WHERE CAN I CUT PRICES AND REALLY HURT THEM?
    He is not interested in ‘really winning’ nor should you be. It is only in the
    complete wearing down of the ‘opposition.’
    maybe there is environmental permits. Maybe there is some BRIBERY alleged in
    Walmart’s Case. Maybe you have a friend near Brussels, Belgium and can easily
    file a petition or lawsuit….

    The purpose is NOT personal. Look at Tesla versus Edison. Tesla died with major
    probjems and penniless.

    Even small innovation should be CRUSHED. The public parks are filled with
    DOG SHIIT at OCCUPY WALL STREET in NYC. Few folks use them and the
    water fountains are turned off in the SUMMER??? What the F? when people really
    need the water to survive.

    Show up with a sign (in the land of the free and home of the brave – THE GREAT USA)
    and plenty of cameras, drones, police and even plain clothes (consultants) – allegedly
    AGITATORS or encouragers for people to do FOOLISH THINGS show up.

    I believe the BIG CORP does not need it and you are not a threat. But as in
    sci fi star trek – RESISTANCE IS FUTILE or is it????

    PPS. the United Airlines – oh we forgot to stock toilet paper for a LONG 10 hour flight.
    ah what a shame, WTF?? no scissors so I cannot cut up by jacker for strips of cloth…

    wipe hands on the seat in front??? PLEASE FLY THE NO TOILETS AIRLINES!!!!!!!

    I am sorry, i do not know. IS THIS AGAINST THE GENEVA CONVENTION and various
    international treaties? Do prisoners in Guantanamo (especially those already
    declared innocent) do they get toilet paper?

  • Kris
    Posted at 18:54h, 22 June

    Hate corporations that do such things. I did notice that they trademarked the ‘Around the world in 80 jobs’ title. You should seriously go after them for that. It wouldn’t be hard to show your blog/site existed before they did that.

  • Nigel
    Posted at 18:58h, 22 June

    No worries bro, you just hit slashdot. The intertubes will help flesh this out for you.

    Notwithstanding first use in commerce, what the they did was quite lame.

    Nigel

    • jonesy
      Posted at 20:56h, 22 June

      Like Nigel, came here via Slashdot to let you know the story’s on it.

      Abhor the circumstance, but glad to find your site. Thanks.

      Fight ’em, dude, however you can. Looks like you have a lot of people on your side now.

  • fromslashdot
    Posted at 19:15h, 22 June

    Don’t feel too down, this seems terrible now but it could actually work out well for you in the long run.

    Your blog just got a metric f-ton of publicity, fully deserved, thanks to the criminal actions of Adecco. Your articles are very funny and well-written – you have a huge new audience! Now is not the time to sit around worrying – bust out a bunch more articles about this saga. And sue them. This is an open-and-shut case – plenty of lawyers would be willing to represent you pro bono, because it’s so obvious you are in the right.

  • Jordan Dick
    Posted at 19:18h, 22 June

    One very concrete way that we can help Turner is to link to his website, using the his keywords in the linking text “Around The World in 80 jobs.”

  • Mike
    Posted at 19:22h, 22 June

    Yeah almost as bad as dockers trademarking the word ugg or ugg boots. Another sneaky American Corporation without a moral conscience.

  • Laff
    Posted at 19:42h, 22 June

    Give me a break. “Job you invented.”

    You had a generic idea, and someone else used the same generic idea. Boo fucking hoo.

    Grow the fuck up.

  • Jonny Blair
    Posted at 19:52h, 22 June

    I’m fully behind you Turner – how outrageous that a company could do this to you. I’ve just put your interview up on my site to raise some more awareness for you. Hope you can get it sorted and screw this company over. Good luck, safe travels. Jonny

  • Did A Multi-Billion Dollar Company Steal This Travel Blogger’s Brand? | inzerceprofit.cz
    Posted at 20:17h, 22 June

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  • has2k1
    Posted at 20:23h, 22 June

    I don’t know how much effect this will have, but it sure will not hurt.
    Make the link to the Adecco website a nofollow

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | nalad.cz
    Posted at 20:29h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • William
    Posted at 21:55h, 22 June

    Mr. Barr, I’ve read several comments on here recommending the kind of law firm you should retain, but from what I can tell no one has yet suggested anything like the Electronic Frontier Foundation. They might represent you at or near pro bono. Best of luck in your battle against Adecco!

    • William Cornelius
      Posted at 15:48h, 23 June

      He is beyond right. You should definitely pursue that avenue. They are likely familiar with the situation by now — it’s kinda sorta all over the web at this point.

  • ashok pai
    Posted at 22:00h, 22 June

    the twitter stream on adecco’s site looks hilarious! your story has been tweeted around, and adecco is outed on their own site 😛 i just wonder who are those one hundred thousand people who liked them on facebook!

    screw adecco!

  • Did A Multi-Billion Dollar Company Steal This Travel Blogger’s Brand? | iqblog.cz
    Posted at 22:21h, 22 June

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  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | iqblog.cz
    Posted at 22:21h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Adecco steelt en bedriegt | Corporate branding | Recruitment Matters - Alles over online recruitment
    Posted at 22:34h, 22 June

    […] naar aanleiding van een blog posting van Turner Barr, waarin hij zijn onmacht, verbijstering en frustratie onder meer als volgt […]

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | Snaggens News
    Posted at 23:19h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | playall.cz
    Posted at 23:33h, 22 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Christine |GRRRL TRAVELER
    Posted at 23:33h, 22 June

    Adecco bastards! You’d think a corporation like that would have the money to hire genius thinkers rather than xerox another person’s idea. Hang in there and fight it. We’re all rooting for you.

    Will repost this to spread the word.

  • Joseph Le Brech
    Posted at 00:18h, 23 June

    Hey Turney, I hope you sue them and get a million dollars or more from them 🙂

    they you can go around the world giving people jobs 😛

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | Travel
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    Posted at 01:11h, 23 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Did A Multi-Billion Dollar Company Steal This Travel Blogger’s Brand? | urlx.cz
    Posted at 01:12h, 23 June

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  • Did A Multi-Billion Dollar Company Steal This Travel Blogger’s Brand? | 123tourism.com
    Posted at 02:27h, 23 June

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  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | 123tourism.com
    Posted at 02:28h, 23 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | carstop.eu
    Posted at 02:49h, 23 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Connor
    Posted at 02:56h, 23 June

    Good luck with the fight man. If Adecco just held their hands up, admitted the mistake and redirected traffic from their competition page to your’s they would retain a shred of credibility. Pity some jackass high up in the company has a little too much testosterone and probably believes this is a fight they can win – all the while irreversibility damaging the company’s reputation. Probably the sort of jackass that high-fives himself in the mirror every morning and wears wrap-around sun glasses while driving his black BMW – hoping people will think he’s important. No mate – you’re just dick! #makeitright

  • Paul
    Posted at 03:13h, 23 June

    What a, for lack of a better word, shit situation you’ve had to put up with due to actions out side of your control. I hope that you can sort out what you need to and that it all gets back on track for you. It’s times like this that we have to believe in karma.

  • Mark Fischer/Flickr | GT Trends, We're Going Places
    Posted at 03:26h, 23 June

    […] importantly, here is a post where Turner addresses the issue and raises the concerning fact that, amongst other things, the […]

  • Laura @Travelocafe
    Posted at 04:38h, 23 June

    Don’t give up the fight! I hope you have a good lawyer. Bleed them dry.

  • Company swipes the identity and concept of AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com for marketing campaign - Aditya Seshadri
    Posted at 05:21h, 23 June

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  • Matt Ryan
    Posted at 06:22h, 23 June

    Now’s the time to start a Kickstarter campaign and channel that support!

  • Jason Nunnelley
    Posted at 07:38h, 23 June

    We’re not friends, no dog in this fight. [But], I did a quick whois on your domain (cause, you know that’s simple/cheap due diligence when considering a brand) and you seem to have registered the domain in 2011. You [should] have trademarked it officially (suggestion for the future). Whether you did or didn’t, there’s obvious pre-existing branding and Addeco just stomped all over what appears to be to be a pre-existing internet (global) brand.

    I’m very disappointed that they’ve still not reached out to you, and are telling their followers on Twitter and Facebook that they “worked to resolve this and to create a mutually beneficial solution.”

    I’m curious how they did that without talking to you. Have you failed to update your readers on news regarding an offer to resolve?

  • George F Bartan
    Posted at 08:06h, 23 June

    I have posted a question regarding this situation in the Adecco Romanian Facebook page.This situation is unacceptable and should be corrected immediately. Keep up the good work ,Turner.

    I have a 13 years old boy who plans to travel for a few years after graduating whatever school he will attend and your blog is a great source of inspiration for him.

  • WeCanFundThis
    Posted at 09:12h, 23 June

    Lets start a CrowdSoucing Acount to fund a legal team

  • An Entrepreneur's Trademarking Nightmare - Boost Interactive Media
    Posted at 09:13h, 23 June

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  • Olga@The European Mama
    Posted at 10:31h, 23 June

    I just read this and can’t stop thinking about you. I shared it on my FB page and twitter. This is just so ridiculous I can’t even begin to say how angry I am right now. This sounds like a nightmare!Luckily, this seems to be a contest so it has a closing date… but it doesn’t make it OK for them to steal your ideas! I hope this will turn out well for you. I’ll be sharing this so that everybody knows about this situation… keep us posted!

  • JMB
    Posted at 12:10h, 23 June

    If you search http://www.wipo.int/romarin/ for “Around the world in 80 jobs” you can find Adecco’s Swiss application for TM status. It appears objections can be filed until July 23rd. I believe owning a domain name is reason enough for getting someone else’s application rejected.

  • parenting advice
    Posted at 12:45h, 23 June

    It’s hard to find educated people in this particular topic, but you seem like you know what you’re
    talking about! Thanks

  • Verbatim
    Posted at 14:14h, 23 June

    Probably some low functionary at the company stole your idea and took it as his or her own, without telling his/her superiors. The superiors probably said, “Hey, John/Jane, this is an awesome idea. Run with it……”

  • William Cornelius
    Posted at 15:44h, 23 June

    I had never heard of you or your project until today. I am here because the perversion committed against you by Adecco is so extreme and egregious that it’s spreading\trending like wildfire. I just wanted to let you know that as a fellow innocent citizen, I stand by you. I am not much for twitter, but I will be shortly joining the ranks of those giving this company a stern lesson in morality, via email. I do not expect them to give a damn and that will be their undoing. They have not made a single intelligent PR move since they started this whole mess. Their name is being dragged through the mud and it’s only starting. I know they must employ a number of people and I feel bad for those who may have not known what was going on, but pretty quickly, no one is going to want to do business with this slime ball company. Best of luck, I will be watching.

  • Midori, Wikimedia Commons | Exotic Travel
    Posted at 17:15h, 23 June

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  • NBcik
    Posted at 17:38h, 23 June

    Maybe you should enter the competion…

  • Jeff Travels
    Posted at 18:35h, 23 June

    Dude that is crazy.Looks like everyone (at least here) has got your back!

  • Henry
    Posted at 18:46h, 23 June

    Hi – 100% OUT OF ORDER. I really hope you get something out of this. The people that made that video likely have done zero with their life and frankly they are hating on you.

    Keep fightin bro.

  • Reinhard Schu
    Posted at 19:26h, 23 June

    It is funny how the same people who advocate a free-for-all pirating of movies etc now moan when the same happens the other way round. It seems they want one law for companies and another for individuals.

    There is no protection of “ideas” in the law and there is no such thing as “stealing ideas”. And that is a good thing, as otherwise innovation, competition and progress would be completely stifled. Anyone can use anyone else’s idea and if they make a better product out of it then so be it. It is preposterous for Turner to claim that he somehow has a monopoly on his idea.

    What the law does protect is brand identity. So if Turner Barr has put is sweat, blood and work into this project as he says, then he should have protected himself by getting a trademark. Not doing so was plain stupid and now he is paying the price.

  • Jorx
    Posted at 20:05h, 23 June

    this is pathetic of a company to do such! Hopefully this makes it big. And surely- how can they trademark their name when yours was up for so much longer… you must be able to sue them! this is pathetic.

  • Adecco swiped my brand for global marketing campaign: travel blogger | inzerceprofit.cz
    Posted at 21:06h, 23 June

    […] has written an angry blog post titled ‘how I got fired from the job I invented’ and called on supporters to spread the message through social media using the hashtags #80jobs and […]

  • Adecco swiped my brand for global marketing campaign: travel blogger | nalad.cz
    Posted at 21:08h, 23 June

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  • Reinhard Schu
    Posted at 21:45h, 23 June

    Turner Barr writes: “f you believe your brand ideas to be valuable and treated as such by everyone, especially corporations, please share this message in order to preserve the integrity of what we’re all doing.”

    No Turner – if you your brand ideas to be valuable you go and register a TRADEMARK. You failed to do that. It:s your own fault. Do not blame others for your own failings. What Adecco are doing may be sharp business practice or considered “unethical”, but it is YOUR fault, Turner, that you failed to protect your brand.

    • Erwan
      Posted at 02:08h, 24 June

      Your are wrong. Just one concept “Common law trademark rights” which apply in the USA.

      • Reinhard Schu
        Posted at 07:51h, 24 June

        I never said he has no protection. Sure, he may have unregistered trademark rights, but these are much harder to prove and enforce. The bottom line is, if this website was his sweat blood and livelihood, as Turner says, he should have registered a trademark. It is dumb not to do so.

      • Tim Brownson
        Posted at 09:06h, 24 June

        Erwan, I’ve no idea if he’s wrong being a Brit living in the US and not knowing much about trademark law, but I am pretty sure he’s a dick.

        I’d rather be wrong than a dick.

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    Posted at 21:55h, 23 June

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  • Around the World in 80 TradeMarks – Register a Trade Mark and Business Name is Crucial in the Business World Today – Sweeny Legal | Sweeny Legal Virtual IP Lawyers Brandsworth Licensing
    Posted at 00:40h, 24 June

    […] “I’m no longer even the first thing that comes up when you Google my brand name,” Barr wrote on his website. […]

  • Barnes Tagg
    Posted at 01:43h, 24 June

    Create a parody of their website and format and call it “Around the world in 80 robs”

    Use it to highlight corporate mis-appropriation of ideas, themes and copyright materials.

  • “Around the World in 80 Jobs” Founder Gets His Idea Stolen From Multi-Billion Dollar HR Firm | The Daily Showcase
    Posted at 02:39h, 24 June

    […] travel blogger did odd jobs that ranged from teaching English to farming rice. Seriously. Until Barr realized that a multi-national billion dollar company named Adecco has stolen his idea, slapped a trademark […]

  • Too much information - Papierkorb - Lesezeichen vom 22. Juni 2013
    Posted at 04:18h, 24 June

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    Posted at 04:30h, 24 June

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  • Joe Cool
    Posted at 05:29h, 24 June

    Odd you don’t mention that Adecco tried to make things right by you and you refused…

    • Chris
      Posted at 14:18h, 24 June

      Nice… Money whores… Nothing original about this low life.

    • Tyrhone
      Posted at 23:25h, 26 June

      Hi Joe, I smell a rat here, was wondering what you knew about the situation? I just wrote a post about it myself because it irks me to see all these people jumping on the bandwagon

  • Daniel Z.
    Posted at 05:55h, 24 June

    Hi. I worked for 2 years at those soul eaters Adecco. It doesn’t surprise me that they are still being jerks. Sue them, ruing their campaign, get as much publicity on this as you could they have done far worse stuff to their employees and deserve every bit of it.

    Give em` hell!

  • Social media reputation management: getting it right and getting it wrong « Katie Moffat – PR & Online Communications Consultant
    Posted at 07:09h, 24 June

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  • Blog - How Adecco made one travel blogger 'unemployed'
    Posted at 08:48h, 24 June

    […] 80 Jobs’ idea suddenly ‘belonged’ to a multi-national company. On Friday, Turner blogged about how his creative energy has been ‘zapped’ since he discovered Adecco&#8217…. And the story has been picked up by the likes of travel news websites, Skift and Matador Network. […]

  • kevin
    Posted at 09:47h, 24 June

    I think this totally blows. They could have created a social media campaign without having to rip you off. I totally support your movement. Also, I created a meme for everyone to use. If they wish. instagram.com/itsheavykev or if you are on twitter or instagram look up the hash tags #adecco or #80jobs l

  • An Outrageous Story, and Two (Quick) Calls to Action » Brave New Biz
    Posted at 09:56h, 24 June

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  • Jcarlton
    Posted at 10:20h, 24 June

    It used to be that contracting and temp hire was a good way to work. The agencies at least understood that the people that were working for them were people. Now, it’s outsourced calls, rewriting talent resumes and they can’t even come up with their on advertising campaign or pay for a good idea.

  • Something Good | A Thousand Shades of Gray
    Posted at 10:32h, 24 June

    […] How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented from Turner Barr. Idea theft, intellectual property robbery at its […]

  • gypsy
    Posted at 10:36h, 24 June

    try to find a lawyer to take it on contingency, if you win it’s worth big bucks if they made $$$ off you. Your statements about being unable to write and passing up opportunities is why, if you can, do as you would if the problem didn’t exist. Stop worrying. A copy cat will stick out next to the real thing. They can’t hurt you unless they can distract you from doing your best. sounds like they are .. so don’t let em! just be You and try to keep at it.
    If they are making money off of you a smart lawyer will know how to get a hunk of it 😉

  • How is Adecco so indefensibly bad at PR? | roniweiss.com
    Posted at 10:53h, 24 June

    […] going to go into backstory when he has it on his site, but in short, Barr had being doing the 80 Jobs thing for years when Adecco decided to take his […]

  • Crisis management #crisispr: qualche riflessione sulla vicenda #Adecco #waytowork #80days | Sitting Duck
    Posted at 10:58h, 24 June

    […] storia di questa vicenda la racconta Turner Barr in questo post sul suo blog e in questo video su YouTube. Turner è un travel blogger che gira il mondo provando […]

  • AUDIOMIND
    Posted at 11:55h, 24 June

    Have you been able to find out what marketers at Adecco were responsible for this sabotage?

  • Pompeii- The secrets of a generation lost | The World of Cupcakes
    Posted at 12:20h, 24 June

    […] hard work and ingenuity it has become acceptable in our world to use it.I thought by sharing this with you, it would be my little way of helping out. Thanks so much for […]

  • florent
    Posted at 12:23h, 24 June

    Hi Turner,
    I posted a message on Adecco France’s page (i’m french) and re-posted it on my page,with a link to your blog.Here it is if you’re interested :
    “avec Adecco votre comportement professionnel est recompensé”

    Il faut croire que non malheureusement.Le groupe a annoncé un gross profit de 821 millions sur le 1er trimestre 2013 et se permet de plagier déliberement le blog d’un jeune americain ,Turner Barr, en “piquant” son nom de site,son idée et en poussant le vice en faisant une video de promotion de leur campagne avec un acteur qui lui ressemble !
    Une société qui promouvoit l’emploi des jeunes en detruit un qui lutte pour monter son propre projet et s’auto financer…ironique non ?
    Je n’espere pas une réponse a ce message et je me doute qu’il sera effacé sans precedent pour eviter la mauvaise publicité,mais la lutte contre cette campagne est loin d’etre finie et les degats de votre campagne aroundtheworldin80jobs seront plus consequents que les bénefices,vous vous etes tiré une balle dans le pied avec ce plagiat.

    (message posté sur leur site francais : https://www.facebook.com/adecco.france?fref=ts

    le site de Turner : http://www.aroundtheworldin80jobs.com/how-i-got-fired-from-the-job-i-invented/

    I hope they’ll realise soon that they’re shooting themselves in the foot with tha joke of a campaign and that you’ll see justice done soon,keep up the good work man
    (I’m Flo Cheick Deux on FB)

  • Even Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations Should Apologize When They Are Wrong: An Open Letter to Adecco to #makeitright - Around the World in 80 Jobs
    Posted at 13:45h, 24 June

    […] know that I am not in open negotiations with Adecco. They have not reached out to me since my last post highlighting this important issue went public last Thursday.  Second, I do not support or endorse any of the deeply negative or […]

  • Around the World in 80 Jobs: Turner Barr vs. Adecco • Expert Vagabond
    Posted at 13:57h, 24 June

    […] visit Turner’s blog to leave a comment with your support, and share his post with everyone you […]

  • digital nomad community
    Posted at 14:34h, 24 June

    That’s bad man, our community is behind you., let us know if there is anything we can do, hopefully it works out in the end and you come out on top after a lot of publicity

  • Linda
    Posted at 14:41h, 24 June

    So sorry to read this. Everything seems to have already been said by folk who know far more than I about the legalities of this, so I just wanted to lend my support (will be passing on of course) and say, “Never give up the good fight!”

  • Nomadic Texan – David vs Goliath: Adecco Style
    Posted at 16:19h, 24 June

    […] Turner’s theme, wanted no part of admitting their fault or even negotiating at any level. How I Got Fired From The Job I Invented  was written seeking the large corporation’s admission of fault and a fair and legitimate […]

  • Steve
    Posted at 17:05h, 24 June

    Word is spreading. As a one-man struggling business I’ve pointed out on my Facebook page that marching against the 1% is a lie if we don’t walk the walk as well, and have appealed to my readers to post opinions on Addeco’s page faster than they can delete them. “This guy is one of us” I say “and he needs our help.” It’s an epic fight with a lot of pain and frustration involved. But don’t give up!! When the word get around enough that their $$ are being affected, they WILL cave. Godspeed.

  • Adecco swiped my brand for global marketing campaign: travel blogger | Travel
    Posted at 18:57h, 24 June

    […] has written an angry blog post titled “how I got fired from the job I invented” and called on supporters to spread the message through social media using the hashtags #80jobs and […]

  • Simon Royle
    Posted at 19:36h, 24 June

    People Adecco are on LinkedIn; be sure to drop by there and leave comments regarding their actions. This type of behavior must not be tolerated. With massive public pressure from right-minded people we can stop this flagrant abuse of individualism.
    Keep up the fight Turner – a few more days of massive Web Justice and they’ll fold.

  • twotravelingtwits
    Posted at 20:42h, 24 June

    Do not let those thieves off the hook if you can keep from it. Feel free to send me anything you want posted, or ask me to write something. I am in limbo right now in Ohio and I am bored. I gave it a blog, short but sweet, because I do not like posting without permission. I kind of felt like I had it watching the video. Let us know how it goes if you can.

  • I’m baaaack! | Bumblings Of Miss Button
    Posted at 22:28h, 24 June

    […] scandal and how the hijacked an identity, brand and job of a hardworking blogger (see original post here and check out one of the articles about what you can do about […]

  • you don't need a writer | Content for Do-GoodersContent for Do-Gooders
    Posted at 23:15h, 24 June

    […] all, stories – be they universal stories, unique stories, sad stories, or hilarious stories – change the […]

  • Adecco stole my personality - Ad campaign rips off travel blogger | TechEye
    Posted at 04:54h, 25 June

    […] itself in the middle of a Reddit war after Turner Barr, the creator of AroundtheWorldin80Jobs.com, told the world that the firm had stolen his brand, image and web personality for use in a marketing […]

  • roland farmer
    Posted at 07:44h, 25 June

    the world is already a diluted copy of what it used to be. Man up!

  • edc marketing complaints
    Posted at 08:28h, 25 June

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  • Ales
    Posted at 09:59h, 25 June

    From Spain, we are with you, don’t give up

  • dimitri visser
    Posted at 12:36h, 25 June

    Turner, don’t give up the fight! We will make this a PR nightmare for them!

  • Clayton
    Posted at 14:06h, 25 June

    That’s horrible to hear. I wish you the best and you have all my support. Theft of any kind and on such a massive scale as this is completely horrible.

    • Eoin
      Posted at 15:21h, 25 June

      Awful, whats going on for this poor young man,
      wising you be very best with it, and with all of your future endeaveours

  • vikram
    Posted at 17:44h, 25 June

    dont give up the fight, big ass corporate are known for throwing their weight and being inhuman while still being managed by humans.

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    Posted at 22:45h, 25 June

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  • Adecco zegt niets en doet niets | Corporate branding | Recruitment Matters - Alles over online recruitment
    Posted at 23:12h, 25 June

    […] that you were looking for “common ground,” even though you haven’t contacted me once since I posted to my blog on Thursday. But if it’s true, I suggest the […]

  • Accepting Responsibility | Backpacking Diplomacy
    Posted at 00:07h, 26 June

    […] title. One that he put many hours of blood, sweat, and tears into. As Turner put it, he, “got fired from the job he invented.” He has even recently sent an open letter to the company indicating his terms, but they have […]

  • Did A Corporation Steal This Blogger’s Identity? | FFBlogs
    Posted at 11:55h, 26 June

    […] see that this whole process is taking a serious emotional and professional toll. In a post titled “How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented,” he says, “my creative energy has been zapped,” and, “I feel like my dream job has […]

  • How to "Make it Right" in a 2.0 World - Around the World in 80 Jobs
    Posted at 16:55h, 26 June

    […] those of you who have been following the story of my brand being used by a multi-billion dollar corporation, I want to fill you in on the latest news. On Monday I posted an open letter to Adecco stating […]

  • winner@HONEYIJUSTWON.COM -
    Posted at 19:56h, 26 June

    […] in his name since 2011, and who now has Adecco claiming trademark on that name. In his post, “How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented,” Turner Barr […]

  • Around the world in 80 jobs, or “The Bandwagon” | Travel, Work and Muck About
    Posted at 08:41h, 27 June

    […] this whole thing with the blog around the world in 80 jobs and the company Adecco really grates my cheese. I can’t stand when people see a story and jump on […]

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  • Noah @ Somewhere Or Bust
    Posted at 14:35h, 27 June

    This is some BS. Right now it feels like you’re in a hole, but try to treat reclaiming your stolen identity as one of those 80 jobs. It’ll give you some juice for this tough battle and it will definitely keep this community interested. I’m sure you’ll get your justice and you’ll be able to use this to your advantage in some way or another down the road, even if you can’t see it now. Good luck, man.

  • Entrepreneur Gets Goliath to Back Down--and Pay $50K - Advanced Computer Learning Company
    Posted at 20:06h, 27 June

    […] hit. It came in the form of a multi-billion dollar global staffing company called Adecco. Adecco created a marketing campaign by the same name and even trademarked the name. (According to U.S. Patent and Trademark office records, Adecco filed […]

  • Travel Bloggers of the Month: June “Blogger Battle” Edition | The HostelBookers Blog
    Posted at 01:00h, 28 June

    […] Turner’s first shot: How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented […]

  • RedRiot 2013 [Stage] |
    Posted at 12:55h, 28 June

    […] Turner Barr is a blogger who runs a site called Around the World in 80 Jobs. […]

  • How I Got Fired from the Job I Invented - txhoudini dot com
    Posted at 06:01h, 01 July

    […] Full story […]

  • Travis Jamison
    Posted at 04:23h, 02 July

    This support has been nothing short of amazing!

  • Adecco apologizes after accusations it co-opted an online brand « Celebrity Blok
    Posted at 10:55h, 03 July

    […] Barr writes in a recent blog post: […]

  • The Blogpacker Review #9 | The Working Traveller
    Posted at 23:11h, 03 July

    […] If you don’t know the background to this story, Adecco, the large multi-national employment agency, recently launched a marketing campaign aiming to help young people prepare themselves to enter the workforce and achieve their ambitions. So far, so good, and it might have stayed that way had they not thwarted the ambitions of Turner Barr, who for the past two years has been building his brand Around the World in 80 Jobs. […]

  • Last Minute Travel Deals 24/7 | Catching up with Turner Barr
    Posted at 22:04h, 04 July

    […] work and to stop using my strain, I wrote a blog post on my site that went viral and spurred to […]

  • Solidarité 2.0 |
    Posted at 11:02h, 21 July

    […] me souviens être restée perplexe en visionnant la première vidéo le jour de sa diffusion, le 20 juin dernier (surtout que le blogueur y allait fort côté mise en […]

  • Solidarité 2.0 | Taxi-brousse
    Posted at 11:13h, 21 July

    […] me souviens être restée perplexe en visionnant la première vidéo le jour de sa diffusion, le 20 juin dernier. Il faut dire que le blogueur y allait fort côté […]