|It takes a long time to update websites to remove other people’s content, right Mykal?|
|cf. the, “Nothing’s illegal if you don’t get caught” rationale|
So…she was lazy and apologizes for offending people…but had the right to use the map and the names.
|This is the “I cannot distinguish between infringement and plagiarism” rationale|
|Followed by the , “But Mom, everyone else is doing it!” defense|
|This is the “Throw shit against the wall and see what sticks” argument|
And more backpedalling and armchair lawyering:
|She was reliably informed by the same hobo Mykal Lakim talked to|
I’m never going to win this fight. There’s always going to be a portion of the population – maybe a majority, even – who think that The Actor, The Valedictorian and The Pastor did nothing wrong. That comedians really do get their jokes out of books. That anyone can be funny.
And that’s okay. There are almost 7 billion people on this soggy marble. I don’t need all of them on my side. The fans who unfollowed me on Twitter after I shut down The Pastor – just like the ones who unfollow me when I rage against the NRA, and gay marriage opponents and FOX News? I don’t want them as fans. As carefully as I’ve curated and cultivated my career, I’m now doing the same with my audience. Universality was never my goal as a comedian. Longevity and creativity are.
I’m a comedian. I get to care about this stuff.In the end, Tracey Alley doesn’t deserve to be run out of town. She doesn’t need to be insulted – although I have been rather blunt with her because I find her smoke screen of “I didn’t do anything wrong leeeegalllllyyyy” to be tiring. She doesn’t need to be threatened. She needs to do exactly what she’s done. Apologize, even if I wish she didn’t sound like one of my kids being forced to apologize to the other one but whatever. Pull her works everywhere in order to remove the plagiarised content and get on with her highly derivative writing.
And the people who are saying, “Well, TSR did this…” and “What about this Kickstarter that didn’t deliver, why aren’t people complaining about that” need to shut the fuck up. You aren’t helping. In fact, you’re just supporting a growing culture of people who feel they can appropriate whatever they want, because “They’re not playing with it anymore!” All of you – every last one – know damn well where your ideas come from. The reverse is true – if some writing or art isn’t yours, you know damn well it isn’t, even if you don’t know where it came from. This isn’t rocket science, people. The prevailing attitude of, “I found it on the Internet/in my notes, so it must be okay to use it in my work and sell it!” doesn’t help anybody. When it happens over and over again it takes food off of content creators’ tables. It makes them less likely to share, and to be understanding with fans who not only pay homage to the creators they love with their own works but pay the respect and credit to the original creator that they deserve.