STGRB seems to delight in using screen shots from Goodreads to harass, bully and threaten the members there. I was told this morning that they’re at it again in their latest post by guest author Carroll Bryant (link goes to their site but you can see a screen shot here) who has an ax to grind with Goodreads after having a a falling out with the membership there about six months or so ago, not long after STGRB’s debut.
The screen shots STGRB continuously posts for Goodreads have been upsetting to many of its members but I have yet to hear if anyone has reported the activity to Goodreads or what their response might be. After all, STGRB does not have permission to use any of the screen shots included in their posts and therefore is technically in violation of Goodreads Terms of Service.
Simply put, it would be within Goodreads rights to serve STGRB with multiple take down notices. It would also be within the members rights to serve them with notices as well, especially if the screen shots used come from an invite-only forum. Why? Because STGRB does not own the intellectual property. That property is housed on the Goodreads site and it belongs to the members it is attributed to.
Either way, I contacted Goodreads this morning.
I don’t know how long it will take them to get back to me (if they get back to me at all) or what their answer might be; but considering the new article on STGRB claiming to be written by Carroll Bryant now accuses them of promoting and endorsing pedophelia on their site, I imagine they will want to look into this right away as its is considered both damaging and libelous.
An aside, it seems it’s not enough for Carroll Bryant to copy our blog. (and he’s trying to be mysterious and ominous too!) now he’s copying our format and doing his best to be me. You read that right, he’s attempting to emulate me directly (links to site, see screen shot here) from ideology to principles, and he’s doing a very poor job of it so far. They say that imitation is the finest form of flattery. However, I am only amused but I’ll take my cue from politics, as it offers such wonderful wins from its debates… Mr. Bryant, and I address you because I know you read this blog religiously, you are no Gen Xavier.
Now I realize this is what you think you’re doing.
when you do this.
but I assure you that’s not the case here, and I wouldn’t try it if I were you. Unless, of course, you wish for me to continue addressing you – and we all know how wincingly well that’s worked out for you so far.
Note: Many thanks for emails containing screen shots. links, etc. If you keep writing, so will I.