In the autumn of 2015, Bill Schmalfeldt published a book titled Confessions of an Internet Troll. It was a Frankenstein creation stitched together with material stolen mostly from the anonymous blogger Paul Krindler. One of the characters in the book was Bill Parvocampus. Six years ago today, I published a post In Re Bill Parvocampus.
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There’s a rumor afoot on the Interwebz that I created or have some other connection to a character called “Bill Parvocampus.” I have no recollection of that character prior to its appearance in the past few days, but, just in case I’m mistaken, I hereby place any rights I may have to that character or stories, articles, or posts containing that character into the Public Domain. Who knows? Someone might actually do something creative with the character.
Note that this does not apply to the Willy Parvocampus character who has appeared in Blogsmoke; Blognet; or Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign episodes.
UPDATE—This release of rights include the trademark and/or service mark rights to the character name.
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The book was clearly an attempt to provoke Paul Krendler into a copyright action which would require him to reveal his identity in order to enforce. It was also a marvelous example of Team Kimberlin’s inattention to detail.
You see, Schmalfeldt also ripped off some material from this blog.
Gentle Reader, I’ll bet you can guess which blogger filed the copyright complaints which doomed Schmalfeldt’s plan.