Cussedness Corner

"My work may be garbage but it's good garbage." Mickey Spillane

To Be Fair


What Jordan Scott wrote was not bad for a fifteen year old.  However, it isn’t a good book by professional standards.

The second paragraph has an antsy horse rearing and tearing the reins out of its rider’s hands.  That doesn’t happen easily.  The medieval reins were a single piece.  Had the reins pulled from the rider’s hands, they would have fallen across the horse’s neck and stayed there.  Modern reins are two pieces.  A proper hold on the reins would not easily allow them to be ripped from the rider’s hands.  The dynamic of a horse taking control of the reins from the rider generally involves the ability of the horse to get the bit between his teeth instead of behind them where the bit normally sets.

A adult with any familiarity with horses, or one who had thought to do his research, would have have been aware of this.

What actually annoys me most is the fact that people with no concept of literature and literary law assume that no one else can use the same concepts or ideas they used once they have received a copyright.

Meyer writes dark urban fantasy.  Scott wrote dark medieval fantasy.  I write dark medieval fantasy

Meyer writes about vampires and werewolves.  Scott wrote about vampires and werewolves.  I write about vampires, wolfweres, and a host of other critters.

Meyer writes about forbidden love between a vampire and a human.  So did Scott.  So have I, although I think Isranon and Anksha more outre.

This is all standard fare.

There is an evil unborn child.  Rosemary’s Baby, anyone?

And I like to think of Isranon and Anksha’s baby as a cuddly, cute little blood drinking incubus.   And should any  pedophile’s follow him home, I’m sure the cute little tyke will remember to drop the bodies off at the re-cycling bin.

There’s a wedding arch in Meyer’s, Scott’s, and my books.   Isn’t there usually when it’s a traditional garden wedding?

And there’s sex on the beach after the wedding in both of them.  Aren’t you supposed to get laid on your wedding night?

Well, the real issue here is that most people who write books do not begin to understand what is and is not covered by copyright.  There are many good sites on the internet that could enlighten them and save them the cost of a losing lawsuit.

Some people think that this an attempt to get famous or get attention for their books, or whatever.  The trouble with this one is that they are not taking into consideration just how expensive it is to file a civil suit, especially if it actually makes its way to court.  It’s in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for something like this.  That’s a bit pricey.

So either Jordan Scott has the money to do it (a friend with deep pockets maybe?) or the attorney is an airhead and doing it pro bono thinking he’s going to get rich.  Or they think that by holding the film hostage will get them an out of court settlement.

We have seen this before.

Greed + Ignorance = ooops, Ms. Scott, you’re about to learn a very expensive lesson.

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One comment on “To Be Fair

  1. khazar
    August 6, 2009

    Reins can be one piece, two pieces fastened together, or two long pieces that remain unjoined. It’s entirely dependant on the style of riding.

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