One of the stupidest aspects of being a blogger -- and believe me, there's a long list of stupid aspects -- is copyright law. Granted, most of the time it's not a problem. Google Image Search, right-click, "save as..." and you've got a nice little picture for your post.
Every now and again, though, I get a nastygram from some photographer or lawyer or underage girl's lawyer: "Wah wah wah, the image you have used is blah blah blah... remove it immediately or face me annoying you some more."
And it's like, "Shit, man. That photo was left in a public forum, and/or I linked to your website to credit your awesome photo-snapping skills. I'm giving you free publicity. I'm trying to make you a FUCKING STAR!"
But no, this is how we're thanked. With angry emails and threats of legal action. Oh, I'm supposed to PAY to look at your precious photo? How about YOU pay ME to read my fantabulous writing, and we'll call it even. We're all in this Internet Bohemia together, man. Quit harshin' my buzz.
These photos of the San Diego Charger Girls were taken by the inimitable John W. McDonough of Sports Illustrated, as part of a much larger gallery featured here at SI.com. (See? Is that so bad?)
Three years ago I had the opportunity to move 150 miles to San Diego. Instead I moved 3000 miles to New York.
I was dropped a lot as an infant.