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1307. Copyright copycat

How sensational is that? Julian was quietly looking for a cute picture of a cat online when he made an adrenaline-charged discovery! He came across a photograph he had taken of his dog! Perhaps some explanation is called for.

Julian had a pet cat. Her name was Banbury, although her full name was Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross. Why is another story. Julian also had a pet dog. His name was Rock, although his full name was Rock my Soul in the Bosom of Abraham. Why is another story.

Julian had found online a number of pet food companies that held weekly competitions for a month’s supply of pet food. All that needed to be done was to submit a photograph of your pet, and the winner (the one with the cutest pet that week) got a voucher for the month’s supply. Julian’s dog photos had never won a thing.

The cat was another story altogether. Banbury was not photogenic, and yet week after week Julian won enough pet food with his cat photos to feed the dog and the cat. It didn’t come free of charge however. Julian would have to spend hours searching the internet for cute otherwise-unfindable cat pictures taken by other people that he could submit as his own. That is how he won so often. Banbury never had so many faces!

While searching, Julian came across the picture he had taken of Rock. It had won a pet food photo competition for “The Best Pet Photo of the Year”. The prize was a thousand dollars.

A thousand dollars! Julian was outraged. That’s my photo! he shouted out. My photo! Give me my thousand dollars!

A full investigation was called for. Julian was given his thousand dollars. He also received a court order to pay two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for his stealing of the cat photos.

638. Copyright Notice

© Bruce Goodman 10 July 2015

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Oh me! Oh my!

It has come to my attention that a story I posted in March 2014 titled Family Picnic  has become a bit of a hit. Countless students (not just throughout the country, but throughout the WORLD) have copied my story. Many of them didn’t even bother to re-type it out. They simply copied and pasted and put their own name to it.

So many creative teachers (not just throughout the country, but throughout the WORLD) have demanded their class write a story about a family picnic. And what have the students copied? My story! My story! My story! Yay! Hurray!

Ms Destiny Divine of Sunnyrow High School in Nevada gave Elizabeth Broadbank an A+. This is an extraordinary little piece of writing, Elizabeth, scribbled Ms Divine at the bottom of Elizabeth’s essay. Why don’t you come around to my place next Saturday afternoon and we’ll discuss it in more intimate detail?

Herr Dietz Duckwitz from Passau in Bavaria gave Heinrich Schomburg an A+. Heinrich at least had the courtesy to translate the story into German (or at least he got his mother to do it). Dies ist extraorinary, Heinrich, wrote Herr Duckwitz. Sie sind ein verdammter Genie.

On and on has gone the cribbing. On and on has gone the praise. Several students have won scholarships to prestigious universities (not just throughout the country, but throughout the WORLD).

Personally, I regard anyone who steals my stories, and presents them as their own work, as rather sensible. Who doesn’t wish to succeed in life? And what a privilege! what a thrill! what an unmitigated honour! when someone steals my stories and gets praised to the skies.

The publishers don’t want my stories; let them eat shit; let them suck eggs. Anyone, just anyone, is welcome to pinch my stories (not just throughout the country, but throughout the WORLD).

Ich bin ein verdammtes Genie.