Bill Schmalfeldt has caused himself and the rest of Team Kimberlin more trouble than he’s worth by his inept handling of issues dealing with intellectual property, especially copyrights. His use of head shots of me in pornographic images attracted the attention of the copyright holders and resulted in the loss of at least one of his websites for a terms of service violation. He also produced smutty images using pictures of my family as was noted in this post about Some Copyright Information from a couple of years ago today.
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Late Thursday night, a friend sent me a link to a picture of my late wife that had been posted on Schmalfeldt’s FatManPodcast website. In a comment in the caption Schmalfeldt posted with the picture, he claims the image was used under the Fair Use doctrine and that “Hoge can suck my frittatas!” I’m not the copyright holder. The copyright for that portrait of my wife belongs to the professional photographer who took the picture. If the photographer discovers Schmalfeldt’s appropriation of his work and takes action, he’ll do it on his own. For now, having that picture up on Schmalfeldt’s website highlights two things: 1.) his general ineptitude at image manipulation and 2.) his meanness.
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About the same time, the Cabin Boy™ screwed up and used material from Hogewash! in a post at
Breitbart Unmasked Bunny Billy Boy Unread. The resulting DMCA notice forced BU to move its hosting offshore rather than provide a address for service of process.
Incompetent is as incompetent does.