In early 2000, Byrd Billings copyrighted all the names of his children. Once copyrighted, he apparently claimed copyright infringements any time the government used those names. The Pensacola News Journal describes this as “one unexplained blemish” on Billings’ reputation and they refer to it as a “bizarre scheme.” See latest update 8-10-09.
The documents, obtained from the Escambia County Clerk of Court and the Florida Department of Children and Families, reference “genocide acts,” maritime law and “corporate fictions.” He signed one purported affidavit “Byrd Billings, Agent, Attorney in Fact, With the Autograph, Non-Domestic.”
DCF attorney Katie George said every time the agency addressed a letter to Billings that included his children’s names, he would reply with an invoice demanding millions of dollars in copyright infringement.
Generally, he demanded silver coins or federal reserve notes of equal value. After nearly two years, Billings began addressing invoices to DCF employees at their homes, and a DCF lawyer sent Billings a sharply worded letter warning him that legal action against him was a possibility.
In the PNJ article, it only took the government sending a letter and using the name of a child for Billings to make monetary demands. The Billings (Melanie pictured above) reportedly received $1,000 monthly in child care aid from the government. I would have to assume that paperwork would fly between the government and the Billings referencing these children. “Bizarre” indeed.
A final letter from legal Council to Byrd Billings in 2005 stopped the Billings demands.
Ashley Markham, a Billings daughter, said her father had mentioned copyrighting the children’s names but intended it only to protect their privacy.
Another arrest has been with possible links to the Billings’ murders. Henry Cab Tice owned Byrd Billings $10,000 and Billings had filed a complaint against Tice in May 2008 for grand theft.
See Henry Cab Tice is Byrd Billings Arrested Debtor: Tice Billings Mexican Mafia?
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