To whom this may concern,
Hiking with Shawn, LLC is considered a media and entertainment company. This Illinois State registered and nationally trademarked company operates as a media and entertainment company with a majority of its products offered for free. Some services and products do require payment. For example, our guided hiking service requires a payment. Our merchandise requires payment. Ours website advertisements require payment. Watching our videos do not require payment. The items we require payment on are either permitted for commercial use on National Forest/State public land or are property of the brand. For example, the merch is of Hiking with Shawn which is a federally protected national trademark of Hiking with Shawn, LLC.
Videos films on…
- National Forest land – are not monetized or used in a commercial form. These videos are provided free without advertisements added to them.
- Illinois State Land – are not monetized or used in a commercial form. These videos are provided free without advertisements added to them.
- Missouri Land managed by Missouri Department of Conservation – are not monetized or used in a commercial form. These videos are provided free without advertisements added to them.
- National Park Service – are monetized as low impact filming projects per their regulations.
- Private property – are monetized as commercial use permits are not required.
National Forest, Illinois State Managed Land and Missouri Department of Conservation fees for commercial use permitting are made for large companies with significant budgets and not small businesses. Their current rules completely discriminate against small businesses which is why we cannot monetize. The current rate they require are simple unfair for the little guy and that is sad and does not cater to an equality degree that they claim to be for.
While Hiking with Shawn support public land management agencies, we realize that their policies are outdated and are discriminating against poorer people and small business and we urge them to update these policies to modern times.
PLEASE SUPPORT HIKING WITH SHAWN!
Alrighty folks, I hope you have enjoyed this content. I provide it for free and it takes a while to create. If you would be so kind enough to support my efforts, you can do so by sharing this post with others, especially on social media. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel to see my latest videos, shorts and live streams. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok for unique content that you will only find on those pages. You might also join my Southern Illinois Hiking & Outdoor Resources Group on Facebook, too!
You can also support me by becoming a Patreon Supporter for as little as $3/month and you can cancel anytime (no contracts or catches). Patreons get access to extra features, exclusive articles, sticker packs, gifts and more. Consider buying official Hiking with Shawn Merchandise as another way to support me. I spend a lot of money on Hiking with Shawn and because of extremely high public land permit fees, I make very little money in return so everything helps.
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