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Nov 28, 2007

Posted by: james-b

By James Brown

So, you've decided you want to pimp out your space and be uber cool like all your dim-witted friends? Fantastic, let's get one thing straight right now my little clue bags, anything on the Internet is in the public domain and in my opinion belongs to everyone. What's that you say? Copyright infringement? I don't have the time to get off into the uncharted bizarro world that is Internet copyright law. What I know is this: if something is cool, it's cool and we must have it. That said, let's take a look at one of my friends who recently spent a couple of weeks splitting hairs about the ethical issues surrounding "borrowing" code from other's spaces.

My friend: Hi, I want to put the "Leave Britney Alone!" guy on my MySpace page. In fact, I want to do a whole theme surrounding myself with Britney Spears and her cult like following. Can you help me?

Me: Psychologically speaking, I seriously doubt that anyone can help you. Seriously, are you even listening to what you're saying, or do you just have a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth? However, if you're bent and determined to pimp this poor, mentally ill, product of media overload on your space, who am I to say no? Take your crack over there to the page you like, whether it's Britney's or Chris Crocker's (The "Leave Britney Alone!" Guy) and do this: click on "view" in the upper left hand corner of your web browser, then click on "source." Voila, that's the code to the entire page. You can reproduce it perfectly that way.

My friend: Well, I don't want an exact duplicate of the page, I just want to maybe get a few pictures and steal the general design.

Me: O.K. nut-job, I'm not Dr. MySpace Code! I answer the freakin' mail bag from time to time and try to make sense of your generation. When I was a kid it was all Rubik's Cubes, Atari, and Trapper Keepers. The thing for you to do is to talk to one of our true geniuses in the forums.

But the real point is – for the love of Holy Mother Britney - nobody cares if you "borrow" something from their page. The world doesn't revolve around you and will not stop turning if you rip off some code. Chances are nobody will even want to add your ridiculous crack; then again, they're probably just as obsessed with Britney as you are... so, I guess your chances are pretty good. That said, rip off the code, have one of your geeked-out friends splice it with other code to create a unique page with the best elements of other pages. That's what we're here for, after all, in our little second-life hell at the website headquarters. Hit it up on the forums and I'll send one of my true geniuses to assist you in your quest for the perfect mix of Britney and her Schizophrenic Cult. Oooooh Weeeee, T-Shane, can I get a what? what?

O.k. people, I did what you said, I wrote one of the freaks out there back. Can I have the cot that's folded up in the corner to sleep on now instead of this cold floor? Just look at me now, homeless shelter! I'm on my way to being a productive citizen again! I've got a job and a cot to sleep on, not to mention the left over tuna fish sandwich from the break room! Things are getting better all the time!



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P.S.: Tune in next time when we'll be discussing that crazy white chick from "The View" and her sick, sick, fan who wants to put Newt Gingrich all over his space.

P.S.S.: You've been pimped, now get out of my sight before I vomit.

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