Well, I'm going to try and not get all medieval about this subject, but it's going to be difficult. Very difficult.
As an artist, cartoonist, and writer, copyright infringement and art theft is something that gets my blood boiling. Why am I up in arms? I found this post over at The Omnipotent Eye , which led to another blog ~ Esoteric Murmurs . It discusses James L. Shipman II and his company Outlaw Press, and his theft of art work, and the numerous cases of copyright infringement he is involved in. Apparantly he's been doing this for years, but because of the cost of lawsuits no one has taken him to court. Well, at least I haven't read anywhere that he's been taken to court over this; maybe he has? I haven't read everything there is on the forums and blogs about this, but I have read enough to see this guy is as guilty as heck. There are far too many people who say he ripped off their work for this to be any sort of mistake. The guy is a crook.
Ken St.. Andre, creater of Tunnels and Trolls, says he can't be stopped in a comment he left on Esoteric Murmurs. I disagree. This person ( I use the term loosely ) can be stopped. RPGNow, and other sites have stopped carrying his products. If people STOP BUYING HIS PRODUCT ( I should say stolen product ) he will go out of business. So spread the word. Do not do business with him, or his "company". Do not submit ANYTHING for publication to him, he will just rip you off.
He primarily sells T&T related products, and a magazine called The Hobbit Hole. If you see anything on eBay with this type of product, be wary and do a little research. He's been changing eBay "identities" since I guess some get compromised.
You don't have to believe me, just use some of the links on Esoteric Murmurs, and do some research, and come to your own conclusions.
Well, I'm proud of myself! I didn't call James L. Shipman II a douche bag... erm... oh well. I could have called him many, many things. I showed great restraint.
SPREAD THE WORD!
Anyway, I hope to have the next post about the Robe of Useful Items up tomorrow. I hope everyone ( except James L. Shipman II ) has a great Halloween!