What the heck is wrong with people? Does copyright mean anything? Does intellectual property? Two instances I’ve heard about in the last few days have really enraged my inner librarian. First, my little brother’s girlfriend bought him all the seasons of The Wonder Years for his birthday. I don’t know all of the details but she was shopping around online for the best deal, like we all do, and noticed a really low price. According to my brother, she asked the seller if this deal was, in fact, too good to be true and they assured her all was well. So she bought it. When she received it (two weeks later) it was a pirated copy! Apparently the pirates (not the cute Johnny Depp kind) printed out fancy labels and had the gall to include a warning in the beginning of the dvd telling people NOT TO COPY THEIR WORK. seriously. What puts the icing on the cake is that every episode has a little ABC Family logo in the corner. Again, what the heck is wrong with people? When my brother told me about it, he laughed it off and said his girlfriend didn’t care. I, however, do very much care that someone would take her money like that AND now is going to get away with it. augh.
The second instance that angered me was a post by my favorite bloggers. You can read about it in their words but basically they discovered that an online magazine stole a picture of their daughter from their flickr account and posted it on their home page without any kind of permission or credit. Only after he confronted them did they offer him $100 to basically go away and blamed the problem on a poor intern. He did not take their slimy money and soon discovered that this was not the first time this had happened. Who steals and posts someone else’s pictures?! Honestly. I know there’s always a risk of theft when you put something out on the web but I just never thought about a corporation doing it.
There’s no real point to this post but I do like how library school makes me think.
p.s. stealing sucks.