Category Archives: blogging

Copyright vs. viral fun

Tough question here. In some cases, people are taking images and giving them new life in new contexts, and everyone wins. In other cases, people are ripping off photographers and artists who deserve to be paid for their work. Not … Continue reading

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The Oatmeal, unfair critics and ink by the barrel

“Never pick a fight with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” That’s the old saying, which MediaBistro tried to update for the digital age. And it applies to people today who have popular sites — or worse, a lot … Continue reading

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The day the Internet finally discovered “community”

Not going to set it up any more than that. Just read … which famous person needs to come out already? : AskReddit.

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Hey, reporters! Slow down, you move too fast …

So says Amy Sullivan at The New Republic, drawing heavily upon the CNN/Fox “oopsie” with the health care verdict: I know I’m often out-of-the-loop when it comes to journalism norms and conventions, but this one honestly confounds me. Has any publication … Continue reading

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Want to get famous? Sue The Oatmeal!

It’s an old story: 1. Lawyer reviews Aggregation Site, finds that Creative Site has complained about Aggregation Site’s copyright infringement. 2. Lawyer demands Creative Site send Aggregation Site $20,000, or else we’ll all to court. 3. Creative Site tells lawyer … Continue reading

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The Oatmeal doesn’t take the law into his own hands – he takes it to charity

It’ll be difficult to sum up the case of FunnyJunk v The Oatmeal any better than The Oatmeal does. It’s your standard “cartoonist complains about work being stolen, accused content thief gets all huffy, cartoonist laughs a little and lets … Continue reading

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Yeah, I posted on Twitter! That don’t mean you *&%$!s can read it!

Man tweets obnoxious comments toward Sandra Fluke. She responds, he responds. Blog screen-caps Twitter exchange. Man thinks he can either sue blogger or intimidate blogger into removing comments — that he made on Twitter under his own name. Me bash … Continue reading

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