On Copyrights

I was rereading Confessions of an Undercover Internet Troll, and noticed something interesting about how the blog described in the book got started. The character known as Hoggy hired the author to write the blog, offering to pay him with a cut of money raised via Hoggy’s tip jar. If that’s true, then all of the TMZ blog posts contained in the book should be work-for-hire and, therefore, should belong to Hoggy.

Hmmmmm.

UPDATE—After my conversation with CreateSpace this morning, this is what searching for the Cabin Boy’s™ book turned up on Amazon at 12:15 ET this afternoon.Amazon_Confessions_20151124

Hmmmmm.

80 thoughts on “On Copyrights


  1. “I was rereading Confessions of an Undercover Internet Troll…” Your commitment to the cause is admirable. Be aware that certain reading projects can actually reduce your mental acuity over time, just as some material makes you smarter.
    Take frequent breaks. Don’t leave anything on the stove. Try performing quantum mechanics stuff in between sessions, as a diagnostic tool.


    • Also remember: Stove = HOT. I hear people who need to name-label their clothes consistently forget this.


  2. Bill is being a tough guy on Twitter. He’s being fluffed by Wee Willy Ferguson of course. Bill seems to be bragging that even if our Gracious Host wins a breach of contact suit he won’t get any money and will be punished by Stolen Valor Bill Schmalfeldt filing a harassment suit against him.

    1. How self unaware do you have to be that one of your best legal defenses is “I have been such an utter failure all my life that I don’t have a pot to piss in so no one will ever collect a dime from me?”

    2. According to Acme Law it’s now OK to file suit for harassment because you lost a breach of contract suit. Boy I’ll bet there are plenty of actual lawyers that would be stunned by this development


    • The Schmalfeldt Supreme Court has really been rejuvenated by its move to Wisconsin. No end of new and Amazing Tales legal interpretations are being issued lately.


  3. Be careful of going down the rabbit hole, WJJH. I’d follow the example of RSM – come up for air frequently, and find life-affirming things that have nothing to do with leftist cesspools.


  4. This is what happens when Bill tries to understand legal concepts while drinking Johnny Walker Red. It just doesn’t work.


  5. I’m sure Cabin Boy will claim the agreement gives him all rights. And that he will be able to produce a contract to that effect.


  6. It ought to be work for hire, but not necessarily. (Copyright is a bit of a fixation for me.) You see, if…

    Nah. Why bother educating the troll?


  7. New Mexico, Maryland… What’s the difference?? Seems Blob is even more geographically challenged than we thought…

    Blobbo should look at Exercise 9 about “malicious, reckless, willful or fraudulent” breaches that justify punitive damages (at least in NM courts).


    • Probably not.

      I suspect that he may be wondering if his cunning plan might not have been quite such a stroke of genius as it seemed when first proposed.


    • Don’t think so, today’s Logins shows an update at 21:41 UTC, which would be 3:41 PM CST..

      Blind drunk is more likely since the first reported login was at 15:41 UTC and six hours can cover a lot of JWR.

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