Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery...Or Perhaps Not

Do you think I should sue? http://chipendale.blogspot.com

35 comments:

The Pope of Pontypool said...

hell no! its bloody entertaining!

Matt Wardman said...

Ian

See how Darren Rowse dealt with a similar case:

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/01/23/how-not-to-launch-a-blog-the-story-of-an-amateur-blogger/

Not much mileage in suing him - like you he is hosted in the USA. You could coplain to Google, ask him to alter his design, or send him an invoice for using your design.

Or you could start selling Thongs, posing pouches, and "Cameron-knickers" and out compete him.

Matt Wardman

Curly said...

At the very least I'd be expecting you to press for a free performance at a London venue of your choice.........monthly!

Philipa said...

Definately flattery.

Or are you jealous and secretly want to do the full monty? YouTube look out - thongtastic!

lilith said...

Its funny. And flattering.

Anonymous said...

Ace !! I wouldn't bother getting on the phone to the lawyers - Lemsip Optic will already have beaten you to it..

Nicking the look of someone else's blog isn't big, it isn't hard and it isn't clever, but it is bloody funny!

Guido clearly doesn't enjoy this level of appreciation and veneration - but what will your fan Carolyn Quinn think

David Lindsay said...

Take it as a compliment. I'm surprised that there wasn't already a spoof of this blog, considering that mine has long had a spoof site, two politically hostile sites, and a fan site. Heaven knows why, but there we are. If even I get this sort of attention, then it is at least no surprise that so do you.

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Dale,

I'm horrified to discover that my website bears a slight resemblance to your own world-famous blog. I can only get down on my moistly oiled knee and apologise. No offence was intended and I hope we can remain friends.

I also wish to apologise for any distress this has caused you. When Sam ‘The Hosepipe’ Prendergast stole my world famous ‘triple hip thrust with flying thong’, I felt like my world had fallen apart. If it hadn’t been for some warm Romanian hands to come home to, I don’t know how I would have coped.

If there’s anything I can do to appease you, you need only ask. My thongs can in London within the hour. Alternatively, I can send my girlfriend and her sister who can sing sweet songs to you and your wonderful friends at Doughty Street.

Your very humble servant,

Crispen (‘Chippy’) Dale
Thongmaster Extraordinaire.

Anonymous said...

Bloody liberal. They always copy someone else!

Anonymous said...

I think you have a better body than his - and you are less oily...

Anonymous said...

Just get on with life ,and think nobody is copying Guido site ,heh heh.

Anonymous said...

that site tells me you have a fan with a sense of humor and who can't stand Lembit Opik. nothing there to mock you, Iain. I'd take it as very witty flattery. it's also very entertaining.

Anonymous said...

Iain, just as 'Newsnight' have a wry look at 'green' issues with 'Ethical Man' and 'Nationwide' had the humour with the 'skateboarding duck', maybe you should invite Chipendale onto the Friday night version of 'Doughty St'?

That would have 'Wossy' quaking in his boots in no time...

Anonymous said...

Brilliant! How do I get my site to look like yours?

Actually, forget looks I need my site to have more stuff which is interesting before I start worrying about "style"...!

Anonymous said...

So that is what Conan the Librarian would look like.

Paul Linford said...

Tim Ireland is innocent, apparently.

Anonymous said...

It is quite amusing and mae me smile.

Anonymous said...

I note in the small print the disclaimer that any resemblance is purely coincidental. What can you do but laugh. If its any consolation, the amount of comments do not resemble yours. Perhaps, he hides them in his thong?

mark williams said...

Thongtastic!

Ellee said...

I would have mentioned this as my blog of the week had I seen it yesterday.

Etzel Pangloss said...

Enjoy the caress of ego heaven.

Be flattered,

I'm pleased for you.

Anonymous said...

Maybe you should talk to Luke Akehurst....

Priam said...

So this is why you haven't been posting as much recently Iain. This must be one of those "sock puppets" Guido's been geeking off about.

Anonymous said...

Lighten up Iain. Just write a nice little letter pointing out matters concerning intellectual property and copywright.

Is your template unique? I mean did you buy it as you can a Wordpress style for hundreds of dollars?

Iain Dale said...

Jeremy, lighten up - it was a JOKE! Do you think I would have linked to if I had been offended!

And yes I did pay for my template. It is unique and not one supplied for by Blogger.

Anonymous said...

Iain Dale
12:13 AM
The guy did say he was sorry,
and Iain please speak louder and leave your microphone alone as you can hear it scrunching otherwise brill !

Fulham Reactionary said...

Speaking as a lawyer (albeit one with absolutely no knowledge of copyright law, and who has consumed a copious amount of alcohol), I say you hunt the bastard down and castrate him. It's the only way he'll learn.

Vienna Woods said...

jailhouselawyer wrote,

Perhaps, he hides them in his thong?

He'd probably have plenty of space, the trottel!

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised that you have time to run a third blog Iain!

Anonymous said...

No, Iain, irritation is the sincerest form of flattery as every hack know.

Matt Wardman said...

I'm with anonymous.

Get him to do a performance on 18 Doughty Street.

With commentary by Anne Widdecombe.

Matt

i spy strangers said...

I assume, Iain, that your question about suing was asked with tongue firmly in cheek? I think it's rather good.

raincoaster said...

Seriously, dude, you've got to blogroll this guy and have him on your show. But the full Monty is not required and may be NSFlunch, let alone NSFW.

Guido 2.0 said...

Do you think I would have linked to if I had been offended!

Manic notes that you have not linked to him; you have merely published the URL. It *is* possible to link to someone and still be stingy with the Google-juice, Iain.

Iain Dale said...

Manic may note what he likes, but had it been possible to link properly I would have done, but seeing as Blogger has removed the ability to link, italicise, add photos or indeed much else, then I don't have any choice but to put the URLs on.