Readers used to the Jokes of the Week posting might notice this isn’t like the usual posting.
If you’ve read my A.I. posts, you might have read that I’m revisiting my propensity for posting comics. Specifically, I’m only going to post comics from artists with policies allowing me to embed or post their work on these pages.
That means I need to rethink the Jokes of the Week . . . The original Jokes are from 25 years ago and are scans of paper copies I used to put up in our office. The jokes on those paper copies were clipped from newspapers; some are of comics that are no more, and some of comics that are still going.
The likelihood of being called for publishing a comic from 25 years ago is virtually nill, especially since this isn’t a popular blog. Still, copyright laws are copyright laws, and I now understand them much better than I did.
Sadly, a few of my favorite cartoonists have strict policies regarding using their material. Sad that, because the internet is awash with violators. Those policies only work on people like me who abide by them.
Side Note: curious how that‘s exactly what happens with gun laws . . . only people who obey laws are affected, but that’s another story altogether.
Beginning next Monday, a new feature will replace the Jokes of the Week posts: Monday Toons & Quotes.
As a point of information, all of the previously published Jokes of the Week have been switched to “Private” and are no longer visible on the blog. The same with Wordless Today posts.
I’ll slowly reintroduce the published posts but edited to include only cartoons I can legally post (it might take me a little while).
Not that any of the ‘stingy’ cartoonists will care or read this, but to them, I say this:
I understand the thinking behind rules against unauthorized use for commercial purposes and derivative works.
I don’t understand restricting sharing of cartoons that are already freely available to millions, especially since it’s fairly evident few people abide by the restriction.
And I don’t understand allowing sharing via Facebook and Twitter, but not embedding on a personal blog. I mean, what’s the difference?
Perhaps these artists haven’t heard of Creative Commons licenses. Perhaps they get a kickback from Twitter and Facebook. Perhaps it’s easier to forbid everyone, but what’s the point if you’re not actively enforcing the policy?
Anyway, it’s their art, their rules, so I’ll stick with using the works of more enlightened cartoonists.
But, you know, I can do one more thing . . . I can unsubscribe from cartoonists with (in my opinion) overly strict sharing rules because if I can’t share them and laugh with others, it diminishes my enjoyment of reading their offerings.
Not that they will care . . . except that they’ll lose the book sales (I usually buy collections by cartoonists I follow and enjoy). Again, it won’t make them no nevermind, but it will make me feel better.
To my readers, get ready for mucho many Mr. Boffo, Willy ‘n Ethel, Porterfield, xkcd Comics, Wrong Hands, and any other comic strip I find with reasonable sharing and embedding practices.
That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.
Note: if you are not reading this blog post at DisperserTracks.com, know that it’s copied without permission, and likely is being used by someone with nefarious intentions, like attracting you to a malware-infested website. Could be they also torture small mammals.
Note 2: it’s perfectly OK to share a link that points back here.