The Cabin Boy™ is promoting a new book on Amazon. You can buy the Kindle Edition by clicking here. However, I strongly encourage you not to waste your money!
Here’s a couple of interesting factoids about the book.
As of close of business today, it isn’t listed in the database of copyrighted works at copyright.gov.
As of close of business today, no copyright registration has ever been issued by the U. S. Copyright Office to anyone named “Parvocampus.”
But let’s pretend for the sake of the discussion that the registration has been filed and will get into the database eventually. That won’t change the likelihood that the copyright is unenforceable because it is fraudulent. Much of the material in the book is clearly the work of an earlier author and is used without permission. If the holder attempts to enforce his “rights,” he may quickly find that he has run afoul of 17 U.S.C. § 506(e). Of course, that statute only provides for a fine and no jail time.
Thus, if I wish to use any of “Paul Krendler’s” material, I’ll get permission from him. If “Anonymous” or “Parvocampus” were to try to interfere, I’ll refer his false application to the feds and let them sort him out.
UPDATE—Well, it seems that the Cabin Boy™ and a couple of his buddies feel like they’ve scored some sort of major trolling victory. They’re certainly having a good time feeding off of the comments to this post.
Let them have their good time. And let “Anonymous” try to enforce his copyright on plagiarized (that is to say, stolen) material. Proving that “Anonymous” did not post the original material to Thinking Man’s Zombie is a trivial exercise. If the potential civil and criminal liabilities steming from the fraudulent copyright registration don’t keep a lid on things, “Anonymous” will deserve what he gets.
Meanwhile, let the Cabin Boy™ and his buddies have their laughs—and continue to make fools of themselves in the process.
UPDATE 2—Almost all of the stolen material in Confessions of an Undercover Internet Troll was originally published so long before “Anonymous” filed the copyright registration that the benefits of registration are unenforceable. Here’s what 17 U.S.C. § 408(f)(4) says:
Effect of untimely application.—An action under this chapter for infringement of a work preregistered under this subsection, in a case in which the infringement commenced no later than 2 months after the first publication of the work, shall be dismissed if the items described in paragraph (3) are not submitted to the Copyright Office in proper form within the earlier of—
(A) 3 months after the first publication of the work; or
(B) 1 month after the copyright owner has learned of the infringement.