So, browsing around on Google’s new “Products” section, I found this little guy:
The original link is here but I don’t expect it to stick around.
What’s going on is a nice store is selling copies of the BBS Documentary. And by “copies”, I mean “copies” like you get with a couple of DVD-ROM burners and a half an hour. I can’t imagine this person is buying copies from me and then selling them at a markup. I CAN imagine he’s selling them at a markup, whatever they are; his webpage claims the “list price” is $70, which is news to me, and that you’re getting it at a bargain for $49. Meanwhile, my site sells them at $40 and you can get an autograph besides.
The description on the page is a direct copy and paste from the Wikipedia entry about my BBS Documentary, including the “” reference tag which doesn’t work on his page. Of course.
Can I “do” something about this? Well, basically what I’m doing now, which is making fun of this corncob for duping unsuspecting folks that they might get a professionally printed package when it’s obvious they’re going to get three DVD-R dual-layer disks and a pat on the ass. The Creative Commons license I put them under makes what he’s doing not only “legal” but encouraged. The whole point of Creative Commons is that I don’t get a say in this sort of stuff, and I can’t spontaneously change my mind about how I released it before, just because something “new” comes to me later, like a sense of regret or capitalism.
I am reminded of my time at Psygnosis when we would get a strange tech support call for a game not officially out yet. What we’d have on the phone would be someone who bought, as in went into a store and bought, a tarted-up copy of a demo program we’d put out on a magazine or online service or whatever. You’d have the 3-level demo out there to get attention, and people would take that demo, put it into an amazingly nice-looking sleeve, and sell it for $10. Now, naturally it would say “This is a demo” on it, but it would be buried in the graphics and wonder and kissy-kissy on the back of the sleeve, so some people would think they were getting a bargain. And then it would stop working, and we’d get a call.
Of course, I could be wrong, and am besmirching one of the finest videogame establishments in Wyoming, by implying they’re duping DVD-ROMs when in fact they’re merely selling it at a 25% markup. If so, I’m sorry, assholes.
Update: This entry was titled Stealy McStealerson and the Stealing Stealfaces, but my little joke fell on clever ears, who pointed out that even jokingly using the term “steal” with Creative Commons implies I don’t understand it, which I assure you I do. I have since made it more accurate (but less funny). Thanks to everyone concerned about my mental state.
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