I have been trying to figure out why some delusional shitpig named Bryan Lamb would blatantly plagiarize from Tequila Mockingbird and others on his crappy Blogspot site and then threaten a defamation lawsuit when called on it. Or, more to the point, why Blogspot is continuing to host his site.
While I think swift and righteous smackdown is definitely in order here, I’m not entiredly convinced that it’s serving a better good–that it has a purpose beyond getting to see justice administered with the big hot spatula of mass outrage. Which is a hell of a lot of fun in its own right.
But I guess I’m a little distressed that whenever a plagiarism like this happens, it’s not enough that the facts–the Google caches, the comparisons, the basic understanding of the way the “copy” and “paste” keyboard functions work–speak for themselves. And for Christ’s sake, a rip-off of one Blogspot site by another is probably one of the easiest forms of plagiarism to prove.
While it’s great to rally in the name of intellectual property protection for all of blogdom it feels like–well, it feels a little like championing the principle that “murder is wrong” when a psycho serial killer is on the loose. The crime is ugly, the fight against it is indisputably the good fight–but fails to address one totally exasperating little truth, which is: as long as there are creepy, personality-disordered kookoopanted fucknuts like Bryan Lamb on the internet, there will be online plagiarism.
And when it happens, Blogspot and other service providers need to shut that shit down as soon as there’s credible evidence. Julia shouldn’t have had to even consider getting a freaking lawyer. We shouldn’t all have to fight this hard against some little pissweasel who can’t spell “derogatory” and who threatens pretend lawsuits for kicks.
I have more to say about plagiarism and why I think people like Byran Lamb rip off other people’s websites, but I’ll have to post that later. In the meantime go ahead and celebrate original expression by signing this guestbook (courtesy of Sour Bob) and coming up with new ways to tell him what a complete double-assed dickclown he is.