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Scott Adams pays the price of fame

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Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert Comic Strip, also authors an equally funny blog. I thought this story was worth a mention –

About a week ago an angry woman angrily contacted my syndication company to express her anger. Apparently she had written an angry article about the workplace, and someone had, without her permission, pasted some Dilbert images (covers from my books, probably from Amazon.com) into her writing and distributed it around the Internet. This made the angry woman angry about the alteration of her angry article. Specifically, she was angry at me.

Her article is written in an angry street-language style, angrily berating people who pause by her cubicle to chat and ask her where she got her decorations. Here’s an example sentence: “Walk your ass down the hall to the big supply room and get you some things.” I include that quote partly to give you the flavor of the article and partly because she doesn’t understand things like Fair Use in copyrights and it will make her really angry to see it quoted here.

I was laughing up until that point until I thought, gee, you know, somewhere, at some point, some poor lawyer has probably had to sit across from that woman and explain to her in the nicest way he or she knows how, why the woman’s proposed lawsuit probably won’t be successful.

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