If I set up a factory and started producing cars that looked just like Volkswagen Beetles from the early 1960’s and called them Molkswagen Teetles, would that be legally okay? I would certainly hope not. Why then do people like Nick Simmons regularly copy the work of real artists, put their own name on it, and try to make a profit?
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A couple of days ago, in our Memeingful blog, I wrote an article called — “Stealing Janna Sweenie” — that dealt with an un-named seller on an un-named commercial website that was using Janna’s good name and American Sign Language products to sell really ugly postcards and other knickknacks and trinkets.
Today, I am ready to reveal the rest of the story and to publicly identify CafePress.com as the commercial website involved.
Do you own your own good name? Or can someone take your name, your expertise in the field, and use it to sell t-shirts and postcards without your approval or knowledge? My beloved wife Janna Sweenie and I write American Sign Language books together. One of our bestsellers is “Hand Jive” — and that’s where this torrid story begins and ends.
There are rumors stinking up New Jersey that Stevens Institute of Technology has a crook for a president.
Comedian Chris Rock is having a Bad Hair Day. His new movie, “Good Hair” is twisting in the wind under the accusation that he stole the idea for his movie from another movie.
It never gets old catching Copyright infringers and yesterday was no exception. There is a sheer disgust and yet also a shared, Panopticonic, delight in catching another website red-handed copying and pasting and re-publishing your writing without your permission.