Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


One of the more amusing things about watching Team Kimberlin is the harebrained schemes they come up with. A particular favorite of mine was one of Bill Schmalfeldt’s attempts to get the anonymous blogger “Paul Krendler” to sue him for copyright infringement. It appears that he thought that by plagiarizing some of Krendler’s work and copyrighting it, he would be able to get Krendler to begin legal action which would require Krendler to give his true name and address for service of process. However, Schmalfeldt also included work from the blog in his book, so I was able to go after him, and Paul Krendler was able to sit on the sidelines and laugh.

This post On Copyrights from five years ago today tells a bit of the story that shows that Schmalfeldt’s own tale proved that he wasn’t entitled to a copyright in the first place—or that the whole thing was a lie—or both.

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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.

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Nothing proceeded as the Cabin Boy™ had hallucinated.

Team Kimberlin Post of the Day


This episode of Your Truly, Johnny Atsign first ran four years ago today. It was part of a larger group of posts that day. Scroll down.

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Johnny Atsign Logo 2ANNOUNCER: From Westminster, it’s time for—

SOUND: Skype phone rings once.

JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) Good evening, Johnny.

JOHNNY: Hello! What’s up?

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) Have you been following The Grouch’s Twitter feed this weekend?

JOHNNY: No, I’ve took the weekend off again. And didn’t you ask me that question last week?

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) Uh, huh, I did. He’s having another copyright meltdown.

JOHNNY: What now?

RULE 5 GIRL: (Telephone Filter) It’s about the book he wrote that he said he didn’t write.

MUSIC: Theme up and under.

ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …

JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign!

MUSIC: Theme up to music out. Continue reading