Don't do as I say...

Dennis The Peasant: I Hear From The Mean Lady!

There is a moron with big tits 'right-wing pundit' in the US called Debby Schussel who seems to have spent good money getting some 'glamour shots' done of herself. Denis posted some of these pics on his blog and shortly thereafter received a 'cease and desist' email from 'lawyer' Debs.

I checked out her blog and noticed that there are LOTS of images! Some where from Associated Press, some from Magnum, the world famous photo agency and others were clearly picked up via Google images etc. Clearly, Schlutsall did not hold the copyright to any of these images and hadn't sought permission to publish them.

Now, my position on such matters is perfectly clear and can be found in the sidebar, simply put it is that reproducing low-res images here for non-commercial purposes is covered by the definition of fair-use. Having said that I am happy (usually) to remove an image should someone strongly object. Threaten legal action and you might get a different (and obscene) response.

It's happened twice. Once when a blogger was concerned that he might be recognised from his image (rather strange as he regularly appeared on internet television but, no matter, he seemed concerned so I acceded to his -polite - request) and the other was an agent looking for cash for his photographer client. As I had posted a small sample image of the work his client was showing at an exhibition, together with a link to a review and details of the venue, I rather thought that if there was to be any money changing hands it should be in MY favour! But, after pointing out the daftness of the agents position, I took the image down anyway, for spite. Fuck your client, I thought, there are 20 billion other pictures out there.

Anyway, back to Miss Strudell. I sent her a couple of emails asking for clarification of her policy on image posting. Were the copyright laws only applicable to her glam shots? Were big-breasted blondes exempt from certain laws in the US? I am awaiting a reply. I'm not hopeful.

For those of you who are unaware of Miss Shoeshop here is a short profile from her Yahoo Group page:
Attorney, Columnist, and Hip, Conservative Info-Babe Commentator, Debbie Schlussel is the VRWC's latest and greatest sexy, blonde, and beautiful (sic) commentator. With a law degree, MBA, long blonde tresses (sic), and sports acumen to boot, she's a red-blooded American guy's dream.
Yes, in short, A JOKE!

And here are some images of Miss Schlurpface for which she doesn't own the copyright and which clearly explain the desire on her part to obtain some, ahem, photoshopped glamour pics.