Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Stop, Thief!

     Dan Zimmerman, widely held to be a longtime intellectual property thief and, I am given to understand, founder of Dead Hooker Magazine, has stolen Tam's "Fun Show Song" and posted the lovely video made as a Christmas present for Tam by Ambulance Driver and Squeaky and posted it over at TTAG, the other sink of iniquity and inequity with which he is associated, utterly without attribution to anyone but himself.

     Other than polite reminders (already issued) and the distant possibility of lawyering up -- Tam's a writer and her stock in trade is the unique groupings of words she creates -- there's not a whole lot that can be done.

     But there is one thing.  Cato famously ended every speech he made in the Roman Senate with "Carthage must be destroyed," even if all he was talking about was proclaiming Junior Vestal Day.  The phrase I'd like you to remember and to post all over the Internet is "Dan Zimmerman. Intellectual property thief. Dead Hooker Magazine."  And good morning, search engines! 

     Retraction: Readers, I may have been mistaken; I can find no link between TTAG's Dan Zimmerman and Dead Hooker Magazine other than they show up in the same search results.  There are credible allegations connecting TTAG's Dan Zimmerman with intellectual property theft, though they do not appear to have been pursued past posting of links and screencaps. Certainly that blog has a long and well-documented history of "scraping" content from other blogs and presenting it as their own, without backlinks or attribution.

17 comments:

Ken said...

"Unique groupings of words" being to a writer as a horse is to a cowboy, and the livelihood of the writer being a relatively precarious one....

It's downright lowdown, is what it is.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

I say we take off and DMCA them from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Heroditus Huxley said...

Posted on The Anti-Soma. That's beyond the suck.

David aka True Blue Sam said...

I wondered about that when I saw it. Thanks for updating us.

Raz Raxxaffian said...

Am I to understand that Zimmerman is also a speech writer for Hillary?

J.R.Shirley said...

I searched online for Dead Hooker Magazine, but all I found was some guy named Dan Zimmerman.

H.Neill Augustine said...

Dan Zimmerman? He's the Editor in Chief of Dead Hooker Magazine, isn't he?

waepnedmann said...

+1 : Fuzzy

Ken O said...

Bobbi, would either you or one of your other readers please use their net-fu to instruct me on how to get the maximum exposure for Dan Zimmerman, Editor in Chief of Dead Hooker Magazine. Such an illustrious position, held by such an upstanding individual, really must be announced to all the world.

jed said...

@Ken O: If you have a website, or the ability to post to a website, such as a bulletin board system, you can do 2 things:
1) Link back to Roberta's post
2) Post the text Roberta suggested in locations where you are able, preferably as the text of a hyperlink. I'm not sure where the best location for said hyperlink ought to be. Perhaps this same blog post.

I strongly suspect that blogger won't let me use HTML entities in blog comments. So, I guess posting text for cut'n'paste is out. Also, bulletin board systems have their own markup, and there are at lease a couple varieties of that.

And, I 2nd the suggestion that a DMCA takedown might be effective.

p.s. Happy Festivus!

Roberta X said...

Seems to have been taken down. Funny, that.

Odysseus said...

Still gave an opportunity for some amateur snark at the expense of the Scumbag.

Anonymous said...

Roberta,

Thank you for standing up for your (can I say "our?") friend. That's a rare quality these days, as is posting a retraction when one makes a mistake vice pretending said mistake never existed.

I have nothing nice to say about intellectual property thief Dan Zimmerman or his enablers at TTAG, so I'll stop there.

Thanks for the free ice cream, and Merry Christmas to the denizens of Roseholme Cottage.

Drifter

Roberta X said...

Thank you, and Merry Christmas!

chuck w said...

Just another reason I decided years ago that I would never visit The Truth (sic) About Guns website.

Merry Christmas to one and all and to all a good night.

pigpen51 said...

As I see it, this jerk has made his own problem. All he had to do was just post proper attribution for everything he uses and no one would have had a problem. The problem comes when a thief steals, and pretends he is either just borrowing or that the item in question really was his in the first place.
Shame on him and bad luck also

drjim said...

+10, Fuzzy!