Anyway, imagine my surprise when sitting in my inbox today was an email from the one and only Eric D. Snider (eeeeeeeek!!!). I obviously paid no attention to the subject line of the email because my giddiness continued as I began to read. (pssst...the subject was Copyright Violation).
Below is the email:
Hello Andersons --
I stumbled across this post -- http://landersons.blogspot.
Eric D. Snider
Wha? Mmmmmkay...... hmmmmm.... ::giddiness subsiding::
So I composed this reply:
Dearest Eric D. Snider,
You mean to tell me that little "c" with the circle around it actually means something? Weird. So you must have been that hit from Lake Elsinore, CA then, huh? I was assuming you just google your name every so often (as I've heard celebrities do) but no... you googled "the host's wife and the lead singer of the spin doctors." You're a tricky one, I'll give you that. I see you have some time to kill at your parents' house.
As for making the "necessary adjustments" on my blog, I'll get right on that. Later. As for right now I just wanted to let you know that you and I were at BYU together (I was there 93-98) and your column and the crossword puzzle were the only reasons I ever picked up a Daily Universe. My friends and I would read your weekly installment in the Cougar Eat and then laugh. Then we would sigh and wonder out loud how it was that you weren't married yet. Good times. Good times. I then gave your CD "Will Make Jokes for Food" to my inactive sister for her birthday one year. She LOVED it. Luckily for her, it was the only CD NOT stolen when someone broke into her car. <---true story So yeah, big fan here. It was thrilling getting an email from you, regardless of your "tone." Regards and stuff,
PS Is your email you sent copyrighted? Cuz I foresee another cut & paste in my near future on a post entitled "Eric D. Snider Yelled At Me."
PSS After I posted that column I had several people say that they had forgotten about you and "thanks for the reminder." My readers are lazy and would never have clicked on a link to read the rest of the column so you can thank me for at LEAST four new fans. kthanksbye.
I told him I'd c&p that bad boy.
Yep, I googled that phrase after I saw someone blatantly mention ON MY OWN SITE that she was planning to copy and paste the whole thing (seriously, the kids today, and their disregard for copyright, or even common sense), and I wondered if she had already done it. Turns out she hadn't, but you had, and that's how I nabbed you.
Unfortunately, my experience has been that once one person copies and pastes something on their blog, that makes other bloggers think it's OK to do, and it gets copied one place after another, and eventually the attribution falls off ("Here's a funny anonymous thing that somebody posted!"), and then my work is all over the place and I'm not getting any credit for it. So I have to nip these things in the bud, even if, as in your case, it was probably harmless in and of itself. I hope you understand the position I'm in, since I make a living through the mighty power of my words.
And I really do appreciate your long-time fanship. Truly. I promise!
See how he just signed it "Eric" that time rather than his full professional name? Yup. We are now friends. Don't be jealous.
So then I wrote back cuz, you know, I had to:
I shall set the record straight on copyright infringement, don't you worry.
Your niceness is now causing me to want to be on your side. Oh you and your powerful words!! And I do believe you appreciate my long-time fanaticism. I find you to be trustworthy and benevolent...even with that goatee you're sporting these days.
Say hi to your mom for me,
Aaaaand, that was it. I'm sure he got busy with uber important stuff or whatever cuz I believe with all my heart he was enjoying our exchange as much as I was.
So this is me, setting the record straight about copyrighted material. Don't, like, cut & paste stuff, you gize. It devalues the power of words....er...something. K, kids? K. We're all set now.