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Wednesday, May 20, 2021

Thanks to their shared lettering, I always figured that there was some sort of inverse relationship between the otherwise diametrically-opposed online acronyms WTF (“What The Fuck!”) and FTW (“For The Win!”).

So it’s actually a little depressing to find out that they can often mean the same exact thing.

Which foils the idea of parsing them, ala WTF::FTW. Not that I was ever much of a fan of leetspeak to begin with.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/20/2009 06:11pm
Category: Internet, Wordsmithing
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If you’ve got a request in with the U.S. Copyright Office, don’t hold your breath on getting your official seal anytime soon: Typical bureaucratic ineptness has caused a massive backlog that’s taking up to a year and a half to process routine registrations.

Leading some to severely lose their cool:

“What the hell is the matter with that [expletive] software of yours?” one author wrote in a March 22 e-mail to the copyright agency. “I’ve spent more than three hours and a ton of grief trying to register my literary work and upload it. That [expletive] told me at least four times that an error had occurred and then it stopped dead. Why? Who sold you that [expletive] and why did you buy it?”

The author was trying to copyright a children’s book.

Seriously though, why bother to register a copyright through the government anyway? It’s largely unnecessary. As the Feds point out, a work is automatically born copyrighted.

The concern about theft and subsequent burden of proof over ownership in court overlooks the current state of affairs — namely, that anyone trying to steal an original work would presumably try to register the copyright themselves, but would have to undergo the same extended waiting period that everyone does. So a thief would be just as hamstrung as the true author of the work in trying to swipe copyrighted material. After that, it’s simply a case of producing publication evidence — easy enough when you can simply publish something online and then reference back to the Internet Archive to establish a timestamp — and the case is closed.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/20/2009 10:58am
Category: Creative, Political
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