The content on this web page has been removed. I strongly recommend that you avoid having anything to do with Tommy Tang's cookbook. The publisher (Martin from NPL Publishing Consultants) is a lunatic. His messages are unnecessarily abrasive and threatening. I would avoid doing business with him like the plague! For example, here is the correspondence:
To Dan 10:48 AM Friday, December 16, 2016
I just recently found your website.
We have a few cookbook titles and would consider some partnership.
Please give me your direct line phone number and contact person so I may arrange a telephone meeting.
Martin Foner, PPGC
To Martin 10:50 AM Friday, December 16, 2016
Can you send me some information about your cookbooks?
To Dan 10:53 AM Friday, December 16, 2016
I would prefer to have a brief telephone conversation first and understand how you do what you do with publishers.
If you will give me your number, I can call you now.
To Dan 11:17 AM Friday, December 16, 2016
Allow me to formally introduce myself.
I am Martin Foner, the owner of ALL of the publishing rights to ALL of Tommy Tang's books, DVDs, and TV series, as well as all distribution rights to the books, DVDs, TV series, and his product lines.
I cannot find in any of our records a contract with your company to permit you to use his book in any way shape or form, let alone have inventory of it, or the permission to reuse it in other forms.
If we do not speak today... my attorneys will contact you.
Your choice... we can do this politely or we can do this impolitely.
I have about 40 minutes now before a meeting. I suggest you provide your contact number so we can resolve this matter informally.
To Martin 12:41 PM Friday, December 16, 2016
We licensed the Tommy Tang book from Square One Publishers, Inc.
To Dan 1:26 PM Friday, December 16, 2016
I am aware of Square One's rights... but they don't have the right to create sub-rights.
Only Tommy has the right to grant sub rights since Doubleday left the picture.
I am hoping this is not your issue but theirs... and so far it sounds that way.
If you would be so kind as to scan & email me a copy of your agreement... I hope I won't have to bother you any further.
If your documents are correct and in order, I will pursue Square One directly for their breach.
I appreciate your prompt replies and your future cooperation in this matter.
To Barbara (Dan's executive assistant) 1:36 PM Friday, December 16, 2016
We licensed the Tommy Tang cookbook from Square One Publishing and have been paying royalties to them in good faith. Please forward these e-mails to them and ask them to contact Martin and work this out. Also, please let them know that we don't appreciate being threatened.
To Anthony @ Square One 6:29 PM Friday, December 16, 2016
I am forwarding the email below to you as directed by Dan Oaks.
Please contact Martin Foner - email@example.com -- and solve the below problems with him.
To Dan from Anthony 2:55 PM Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Hi, Dan! I'm glad to hear back from you. Sorry that I missed you by phone when you tried to call here.
Just to catch it up, I saw in the paperwork that our most recent extension of existing agreement expired and I had the following two thoughts:
* It would be great to send you review copies of the various other cookbook / food-related (w/recipes) titles that we've brought out into the market since that last agreement we signed together; and also
* Maybe this might be a good opportunity for us to remove the book TOMMY TANG'S MODERN THAI CUISINE and see about bringing other of our titles into your recipe database offering. I just remember that you were contacted and hassled a bit by a contact from the Tommy Tang team about having the title available through your system - and we've received continued contact with the same complaints on our end as well . . . so maybe there's a way to make things better by removing the TANG book from our newly signed "extension" document re: recipes from our books, while also looking to expand the reach and variety of recipes that are featured through your means by bringing more of our books aboard.
Please let me know if this is something you would consider - and we need to set it up a time to talk either in email or by phone to work out how we would like to proceed now that the current extension agreement is expired and we are in place to sign a new one.
Hope to hear back from you - thanks again for reaching out to me again after my initial try a few months back.
Action Taken 3:30 PM Wednesday, June 6, 2018
"Add to Cart" button removed from this web page and replaced with message indicating that this cookbook is no longer available for sale. No more Tommy Tang cookbooks were sold and no additional revenue was generated.
To Dan 5:32 PM Tuesday, June 18, 2019
You no longer have any, as in NONE, legal rights to display, profit from, or use material from any product or cookbook of Tommy Tang.
These rights apparently expired in 2018.
Please see the link: https://www.dvo.com/modern-thai-cuisine-cookbook.html
We respectfully request it be removed from your site within 48 hours, that is end of business, Mountain time, Thursday, June 20, 2019.
This should have been done when your license expired.
If you are unable or unwilling to meet your legal obligations, we will invoke any form necessary to demand your compliance, and at your expense.
Martin Foner, President
NPL Publishing Consultants
Representatives for Tommy Tang, brand, trademark, and products.
Action Taken 1:15 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019
The content on this webpage was replaced with the following simple message:
The content on this web page has been removed. I strongly recommend that you avoid having anything to do with Tommy Tang's cookbook. The publisher is a lunatic.
To Martin 5:32 PM Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Note: You should learn how to be more kind Martin. People tend to respond better to kindness.
To Dan 3:35 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019
Kindness extends 60, maybe 90 days after a license has expired.
We are now, if I understand from Square One, at the nine month mark after the license expired, and whether you are earning income or not, Mr Tang's brand still belong to him and the current plans being executed require us to have 100% complete control of the brand and any outlets.
I have been in the publishing industry for 43 years now. Kindness is something when one follows the rules. When they are ignored for extended period, one has to assume the other party is taking advantage.
I have represented many cookbooks over the years and currently and have not come across your company except in this situation. Had I had some prior positive experiences, maybe your comment would carry weight.
I wish you well in your publishing endeavors assuming the site and any reference to Mr Tang's cookbooks have been removed.
Martin Foner, PPGC/NPL
To Dan 3:52 PM Thursday, June 20, 2019
I have gone to the old page.
YOU are the child here and you have 24 hours to remove that comment from your page or I will turn it over to my IP attorneys and will show you what un-kindness in this industry really is.
You will be given the opportunity in court to PROVE that both Square One and Tommy Tang are lunatics.
Libel suit could cost you $50K to defend and another $100K in damages at minimum.
I am being kind to advise you BEFORE the two publishers mentioned above get wind of your childish and illegal actions.
Martin Foner, PPGC/NPL