A Nurse with a Gun

Sunday, June 14, 2009

An email

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some men, you just can't reach.

5:29 PM  
Anonymous Jack said...

LOLZ!!!!!

5:53 PM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

WTF??? He took images without permission and now wants them back? NFW!

5:58 PM  
Blogger Andrew said...

Wow. I'd reply and ask him to please call his lawyer and explain the story, then send you the recording of the lawyer laughing his head off and he tries to explain the meaning of the terms "warranty," "contract," and "cause of action."

If I had taken the Bar in whatever state this joker lives, I'd offer to send the guy my phone number so I could get a good laugh.

6:03 PM  
Blogger SpeakerTweaker said...

Seriously? I mean, just... Wow.

6:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That might be the funniest thing I've read in a while. Nothing like a presumptive hot-linking copyright thief with a martyr complex and a refreshingly sense of entitlement...

6:07 PM  
Blogger bp said...

It's one thing to pirate and steal from someone, but it's a whole 'nother ball game to threaten sending lawyers after you for inconveniencing their theft.

Bravo. Invite him to contact his lawyers or just send him a bill for images used so far.

=)

6:13 PM  
Blogger Raptor said...

WTF Indeed. Did somebody actually send you this?

6:22 PM  
Blogger Turk Turon said...

Hilarious!

Talk about chutzpah! Wow!

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Rachel said...

How does a person make it to the year 2009 on the Internet and not know better than that? That is... there are no words. He's going to contact his lawyer? What, so that his lawyer can try to restrain himself from laughing before the guy gets off the phone?

6:36 PM  
Blogger MedicMatthew said...

Wow, that's a whole lot of stupid.

So, did you direct him to the US Copyright office or did you encourage him to contact his attorney?

6:42 PM  
Blogger TheBronze said...

Seriously? Did he email that to you?

6:42 PM  
Anonymous Bob in Houston said...

please please PLEASE! RELEASE THE CONTACT INFO! such fun could be had.

6:47 PM  
Anonymous Cedric said...

WOW......If this was an email to you I would suggest telling the guy to contact his lawyer. Then call yours and sue for damages. If I remember correctly you can get close to $10,000 per image. Once you take the image it's copyrighted, you don't have to register it with the copyright office but it helps.
Or you can just respond with simply HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

6:49 PM  
Blogger Joe Allen said...

How dare you! Have you no respect for the "honest businessman" who is simply trying to scratch out a living using nothing but the sweat of his, er... someone else's brow.

How do you expect him to attract serious bidders on his Ebay auctions of your stuff if the pictures don't show up?

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Xavier...

May I call him back? Please?

EricN

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Weird.

6:59 PM  
Blogger Joe Allen said...

Actually, it occurs to me that the best way to respond would be to apologize as obsequiously as possible and restore the images.

Then, in a about a week or so, replace them with the most vile and deviant fetishistic pornography you can find.

That should be good for business.

7:00 PM  
Blogger James A. Zachary Jr. said...

Please keep this one going... it promises to be most entertaining.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Markay said...

This person is a total idiot....or...um...yeah basically a total idiot.

Please have him try to sue you, so the lawyer he tries to hire laughs at him.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Paul-Michael Bauer said...

Wow. Just wow.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're at no risk of a lawsuit whatsoever. Hilarious.

7:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lol, how much did he pay you for that stuff I wonder?

ben

7:17 PM  
Anonymous Bill N. said...

Let me see if I understand this correctly, he is using your pictures on which he doesn't have a copyright or permission to use and he is going to contact his lawyer to initiate legal action against you? Am I missing something here or is he a Darwin candidate?

7:18 PM  
Blogger Steve - The Firearm Blog said...

HAHA. That is so funny. The guy is stealing your bandwidth from you blog and then he gets angry when your images stop working.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

So he's illegally using your images (I presume that he never asked permission) now he's threatening to contact his lawyer unless you put them back up? I'm not quite sure what he hopes to accomplish.

7:44 PM  
Anonymous wolfwalker said...

Weird. That's got to be a scam of some kind, but damned if I know what.

7:45 PM  
Anonymous Bill N. said...

Response should be "Dear ****, Before I can post my previously posted photographs which you have been using for your commercial business even though you do not have a copyright to, nor permission to use, I need to know how long you have been using them for your commercial business, how much profit you have made since using them, and what your address is. Please send the information to my attorney." Don't be surprised if he sends the information.

7:47 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Is that even for real?

7:48 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Wow. Unclear on the concept.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Ross M. said...

Are you kidding me?

7:49 PM  
Blogger Jay said...

That's hilarious.

7:51 PM  
Anonymous HankH said...

Geez Xavier, I wouldn't know whether to laugh or beat the snot out of that dimbulb - maybe he ingested some expired narcotics or sumpthin?

HankH

7:58 PM  
Blogger Phillip said...

Thank you. I've been having a less than stellar day, and that just made me very, very amused.

I can't imagine the guy's reaction when his attorney says "You do realize you just gave the guy cause to file suit against you for damages, right?"

Thanks.

8:03 PM  
Blogger Dave said...

Is He serious? WTF, makes me want to check my pictures. Doesn't he know you can shoot?

8:08 PM  
Blogger ZerCool said...

You had to blur out the number?

Tell him to write his Congressman in support of Directive 10-289. Stoopit.

8:13 PM  
Anonymous akodo said...

WOW!

any idea what images he was using?

did you call him up and ask him WTF he ws doing? or are you going to let him call his lawyer and let the lawyer laugh at him then bill him?

8:15 PM  
Blogger Retired Rick said...

Where did you find this guy?????? I think he has his priorities mixed up.!

8:18 PM  
Blogger osxwrangler said...

Fan-tas-tic! You gotta admire his kahounas. He's also not terribly bright or he would have simply stolen your pictures outright. :-)

8:20 PM  
Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

You are a pretty darn good picture taker, Mr. X. Keep up the extra-good work!

Word Verification: anutwar I hope this nutjob doesn't think he can go anywhere with this.

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about living in the age of entitlement! Especially off other people's work!

Counter his suit with a copyright infringement. His email provides evidence that he took your photos.
As Bugs Bunny would say; "What a marooon!"

Let him know that he owes YOU money for using your photos to promote his products without permission. You stand to make some good money off this.

8:24 PM  
Blogger Diogenes said...

Now THAT takes the cake...

I would have been sorely tempted to leave the contact info.

8:37 PM  
Blogger LeftCoastConservative said...

This person obviously has no understanding of copyright law. It seems that he has just admitted in the message that he has used your images for a business purpose, presumably without permission.

Perhaps your lawyer should contact his lawyer about royalty payments and penalties.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Hmmm... Most content robbers are happy when you don't send a letter threatening a lawyer on them. Notice there are a few misspellings and funny wordings in the letter. Have you changed anything in your site?

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Besides all these free images, thanks for all this blog content I take and use as my own words."

Free-loading bandwidth thief is what he was at best. Copyright violator at worst.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Karl said...

HA, HA, HA!

That's what the delete button is for...

8:59 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

isn't "your images" self explanatory?

9:01 PM  
Blogger Keith said...

Isn't "your images" self explanatory?

Keith

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Kilgor said...

My wife is an intellectual property attorney and thought this was hilarious.

Some people are too stupid for words.

9:12 PM  
Anonymous Mr.Potato said...

Now that is just hillarious! You've got to send this to the guy at stupidphotographer.blogspot.com

9:31 PM  
Blogger Edwardo said...

One word: "Watermark"
How to Watermark your Photos

9:37 PM  
Blogger falnfenix said...

LOL, seriously?

9:37 PM  
OpenID mopar said...

Talk about having a brass pair!

9:41 PM  
Blogger David said...

Wait... what? Threats of litigation? Tell him that if a picture does not say anything about copyright, it is generally assumed that the owner has full rights over it. Just because I produced a TV show and it has been broadcast does not mean people can just start pirating it.

9:43 PM  
Anonymous Alex said...

Sounds like he's hot-linking your images rather than downloading them and hosting them himself.

9:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a very old running gag in the web industry. don't take it seriously.

gorr

9:46 PM  
Blogger Owen said...

really?

9:51 PM  
Blogger Ruminator said...

Funny, just before I noticed the title of this "essay" but after reading the "interesting" email, my response was "WTF?!?!?" and then I noticed you title.

At that point I laughed out loud. GMTA!

Nonetheless, after recovering from the irony, this is simply beyond belief. At this point, if your images are copyrighted, I'd suggest contacting your own lawyer. At the minimum, a cease-and-desist letter is appropriate.

I am astounded.

9:53 PM  
Anonymous micko77 said...

Surely it's obvious; the writer believes you are obliged to accommodate him because he wants the fruits of your labor, and believes you owe those fruits to him because he has been taking them from you without your permission. Time for an "Atlas Shrugged" refresher course.

10:06 PM  
Blogger krazmo said...

He should be glad you didn't replace the images he was using with goatse

That'd learn him!

10:11 PM  
Anonymous redneck said...

ROFLMAO -- You need to make it convenient for others to plagiarize
your work! What were you thinking?

Must be a libtard.

10:14 PM  
Blogger krazmo said...

He should be glad you didn't just replace the images he was using with something vile.

That'd learn him!

10:14 PM  
Blogger krazmo said...

Argh. I'm a goob. I thought the original post got auto-nuked because I used the word goatse.

I'll just slink away now....

10:16 PM  
Anonymous Jerry the Geek said...

Well, your 'images' are not marked Copyright-marked individually, but I note "Page protected by COPYSCAPE do not copy" at two locations on the page ... including in the footer immediately following

"© 2009 Xavier Thoughts
All Rights Reserved
ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ"

Given that the "honest businessman" who gets "no respect" obviously didn't have your permission to copy ANYTHING, and ...

... given that website owners don't always have full control over the continuity of their hosting service ....

... I think you would be fully justified by awarding the "First Annual Clueless Reader Award" to this charmingly wittless, er, gentleman.

Full credit to the winner for his decision not to sue your tukas into next week. That just goes to prove that he has some minimal survival instincts.

Now if he would just learn to call on those survival instincts BEFORE he pushes the SEND button!

10:17 PM  
Anonymous sigdoc said...

UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!! The gall and dishonesty of some people.

God is Great, Beer is Good, and Some People are Crazy! - Billy Currington

10:18 PM  
Blogger AJ187 said...

Way to get in the way of the small business man, Xav, you socialist bastard. WTF, indeed.

10:21 PM  
Blogger David said...

Stop commies: watermark your pictures.

10:27 PM  
Blogger M. Derosier said...

Sounds like a dyed-in-the-wool parasite is taking offense that you would do with your work as you want to. What an unfortunate consequence of horrible philosophy.

10:27 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Just in case anyone thinks this was sent to Xavier: this is from 2005.

http://www.shapelessmass.com/index.html/?p=578

Still awesome 4 years later.

10:48 PM  
Blogger Ed Skinner said...

Read him the riot act, Xav -- copyright law applies to *almost* every country in the world, and your "perp" doesn't sound Chinese. He's breaking the law!

10:55 PM  
Anonymous Shwiggie said...

Here's hoping you jerk this nitwit around as much as conveniently possible and let us know how it pans out.

11:01 PM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

The stupid, it burns!

Jim

11:06 PM  
Blogger Xavier said...

As Richard pointed out, this did not end up in my inbox. I found it on the 'net. rather than hotlinking the picture though, I copied the screenshot....... works better.......

11:40 PM  
Anonymous WW Paul said...

You have to be enjoying this.

3:57 AM  
Anonymous Mr.Potato said...

not cool

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send him a bill for all of the bandwidth he has been stealing.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

Send him the bill unpaid for storage and image access. Make your own price. Provide a link to a free image site. Let him sue them when it goes down.

10:34 AM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

You should upload images at the same URL as before with the words "I am a bandwidth thief and an complete and utter moron, laugh at me at your pleasure"

Sit back and watch the hilarity ensue...

11:23 AM  
Blogger New Jovian Thunderbolt said...

Unless you have a buddy named EBA, then this is a duplicate of an email sent to an associate of mine. Now it feels like a Nigerian Oil minister spam scam. I don't know what their angle to get money out of someone is. Maybe people will be stupid enough to 'settle out of court.' He only needs one in 10,000 to do that to realize a profit, presumably.

12:53 PM  
Blogger osxwrangler said...

I think this image is from 2005. Check this out: http://www.shapelessmass.com/index.html/?p=578

Now I am really confused.

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Kristopher said...

Heh ... another hotlinking retard who needs to learn the hard way about tubgirl and goatse.

You need to search Radley Balko's site, The Agitator, for his fun with the Illinois chapter of the RLC.

That idiot actually accused him of "hacking" when he substituted an image of an "obama dildo" for the one he was stealing.

4:32 PM  
Blogger Crucis said...

I would be tempted to something like, "Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I will have my lawyers contact yours to rectify this matter. By the way, would you please submit your last five tax returns immediately to speed this transaction along?"

5:01 PM  
Blogger James R. Rummel said...

Good post.

James

9:55 PM  
Blogger XZED said...

I needed a good laugh! Thanks for sharing Xav.

/John

10:17 PM  
Blogger Assrot said...

Well Xavier, I'm sure you were much nicer with your reply to him than I would have been.

It's a good thing this person didn't send me that email.

We call folks like that idjuts where I come from.

Joe

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Homeowner:

The locks on your doors impede my carrying out the duties of my position (burglar). Please leave your doors and windows unlocked, and turn off your alarm. Also please secure your dog.

Signed, A. Burglar

11:13 PM  

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