Weekday Post #73: Copyright Infringement
I got an email from an I Hate Star Wars Club member in Florida today. He sent me this message and photo of his office at work.
Dear William Shatner’s #1 Fan. This is the first time I’ve written to you although I’ve been reading the blog for months. I loved the picture you made in celebration of your 100th post so I took the honor of spicing it up a little with some cool text and I made it my desktop wallpaper at work. Check it out! Peace out. Jeremiah Gunther in Tallahassee. Proud member of the I Hate Star Wars Club.
This is my reply, which I am posting for the entire world to see:
Hi Jeremiah. Thanks for the note and the photo. Hey, I have a question for you. Have you ever heard of intellectual property? No? How about copyright? Haven’t heard of that either, hmmm? Let me spell it out for you: I made that image from a picture of my hand and a fireball image that I found on the internet and therefore I own all copy and distribution rights to it. By simply downloading it, you have violated the terms of service of the I Hate Star Wars Club. By altering it with that stupid text and publishing it to your desktop you have earned yourself the title of honorary Star Wars goon. See you in court, punk.
William Shatner’s #1 Fan
Let this be a warning to everyone reading this blog. Every word, image, and comment on this blog is copyright 2006 to William Shatner’s #1 Fan! You may not use anything from this site without my express written permission! Consider yourselves warned.