And, no, that’s not an euphemism.
I know I’m only catching the tail end of the copyright issue which has arisen in relation to posting images on blogs, but, redundant or not, I feel the need to pull my soapbox out.
Side note: No doubt this will come as a total shock to those who know me and think me the shy, retiring type. My apologies for shattering the pedestal.
What’s stirred me from my usual lazyarseness has been the extreme reactions to the news bloggers may be in breach of copyright. Some seem to have issued a ‘c’mon, I dare you to sue me, motherfuckers’ and others have offered a thousand apologies, not to mention their first-born, while rushing to delete every single picture they have posted over the last who-knows-how-many-years they’ve had a blog.
Look, I’m not a lawyer – as I’ve no doubt will be pointed out by all those who don’t agree with what I’ve written here – and am not providing any kind of legal advice on this matter.
This post is based on the experiences I’ve had dealing with copyright and intellectual property in my working life. Yeah, experience doesn’t make me an expert. I know that. The damned soapbox is screaming at me though, and since I’ve got enough voices in my head…
Kris’ Copyright and Intellectual Property Reality Checklist
1. It exists. Get over it.
2. It’s very bloody important it exists. Apparently. Or maybe there’s another reason for all those pesky laws, policies, international agreements, etc, etc.
3. Considering a lot of reading blogs are all about anti-piracy and plagiarism, the fact some people appear to have been unaware of this potential infringement is absolutely astounding to the point of ridiculousness (ie, you’re a clueless idiot).
4. Unfortunately for you ignorance is not bliss. Unless you’re living in the US and who the fuck knows how the legal system works over there. Law and Order can only explain so much.
5. So, yeah, it can be the scary monster which, despite you thinking it was hiding under the bed waiting to get you, is going to take you to court for a gazillion dollars for keeping it against its will.
6. BUT it can also be the Beast who dresses up like a Regency hero, reads books with you and twirls you around a ballroom while a teapot sings. I’ve heard this happens so it must be true.
7. Just as you’ve got a responsibility for being a twat so to do the owners and administrators of the intellectual property. A responsibility that is, not the being a twat thing.
8. In other words, they’ve got to tell you when you’re being a dickhead before they paint a target on you.
9. Unless of course you’re making big bucks associated with the infringement of copyright stuff. If that’s the case, you’re totally screwed. Good luck with that.
10. Now for fuck’s sake go and put a disclaimer on your site saying your psychic powers are not fully developed yet so someone actually needs to tell you if you’re on your way to the Big House at which point you’ll politely thank them for putting you on the path of righteousness and delete your ways.