Sad news, loyal readers! You remember that gallery of photos from ZombieCon ’07 that I posted, yesterday? The supposed copyright owner of some of those images from ZombieCon has, um, requested(?) that I take down those images, and I have appropriately complied. Here’s the content of their official Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice, crafted by the very finest of intellectual property attorneys:
you’re an idiot.
it was all in good humour.
you should just come along next time if you think you could have made it so much better.
oh no wait, that’s right.
it’s by invite only and i guess us “hipsters” are too cool to extend a welcome to the likes of you.
and since you want to see everything so seriously, Sir Humourless, take down our photos before you are sued for copyright infringement, you giant stick-in-the-mud.
Oh, where to start. First, obviously I have misjudged at least this one participant in ZombieCon. As demonstrated by the (double!) use of “humour,” this person is clearly not a hipster, but rather a pretentious English person. Or perhaps merely an American who has taken on the pretentious affects of an English person? Well, then. Since you failed to properly identify yourself, pretentious pseudo-English person, I’ll address you as “Madonna.”
Madonna, I hope that once you’ve let go of your Righteously Indignant Rage, you see the irony in your handsomely-crafted letter. If not, I can only assume that whoever taught you the high art of sarcasm neglected to introduce you to the nuanced concept of ‘tongue in cheek.’ Otherwise, you might have recognized the tone of my post on ZombieCon not as a “serious” attack, but as satire. Did you really think I was put off by all of the un-zombie-like behavior? Oh my, Madonna. Talk about humourless!
By the by, Madonna… unlike several of the other blogs that cited ZombieCon, I used low-rez versions of the pictures and linked back to the original owners’ pages on Flickr. (I thought you pseudo-Brits appreciated manners…?) But good luck with your lawsuit. (Giggle.) I’m sure I should expect to be served any day now. I’ll be waiting patiently by the door with my complete lack of urge to act like a pretentious English person with a poor sense humor.
But let’s forget for a second about the richness of life you fail to enjoy thanks to your unfortunate obsession with missing the point. Let’s think about what you’ve done for your friends at ZombieCon. A gathering of people doing something creative and genuinely in the spirit of fun has been tarnished by some uptight, petty toolbox with a lack of self-awareness. Yes, Madonna, I mean you. I’m sure your comrades must be proud to have you as a representative. (That was sarcasm, Madonna. I threw that in there just for you.)
On the other hand, you have inspired the subject of my next post: Self-Sabotaging Moves in Otherwise Cool Geek Events. The glass remains half-full!
*** UPDATE ***: I went through the exercise of asking the originators of the photos in question for permission to use those images. (Which I damn well should have done in the first place.) And, guess what? Gamma Blog, Justin and Gail, and lucidia were super-cool about agreeing to let me use the pics. So… the original post is back up, and Madonna is now officially-certified as an Angry Robo-Douchewad. Congrats, Madonna, on your accomplishment!