Chuck Olsen, maker of the excellent documentary about blogging entitle "Blogumentary" has apparently been both insulted and now legally threatened by the maker of another documentary film on blogging who insists on using the name Blogumentary all over his official website. I have included chucks entire post including John Harts remarks which were the result of Chucks email to John suggesting that he discontinue using the term.
To cut to the hart of the matter, I'm posting this after I saw Eric Rice's post because I believe if we all posted our disaproval the outrage will make this John Hart character seriously reconsider his disrespectful, disreputeable and even potentially illegal ways. Please do with this information what you may, or at least consider posting your own thoughts on the matter to your own blog. Also, Chuck could use a little support, some Blogumentary google juice and possibly a good recomendation. Thanks.
From Blogumentary: WILL THE REAL BLOGUMENTARY PLEASE STAND UP?:
I hate to deal with negative energy in the world, but sometimes it rears its ugly head and throws up on you, completely unsolicited. You see, there's another blog documentary in the works, this one called Fifty-nine Bloggers. 2-minute interviews with each blogger, many of whom I've interviewed or chatted with. But the here's the thing: The "former Hollywood producer" refers to his film as Blogumentary, or a blogumentary, AT LEAST as often as the actual name of his film. I wrote him a nice email saying, best of luck with your cool project, and by the way it might be confusing to say things like "Blogumentary Sponsors" and "Bloggers in the Blogumentary" on your site. You know, since I already made a blog documentary by that name.
Well. I got a very nasty, wrong-headed email in return. Here's my favorite part:You say it would cause "confusion" about your project. Just who
would be confused? Readers of your blog? Your parents?
While you're at it, why don't you complain to the 60 million users
of the word "weblog" or "blog" or "journal" since you have one. Blog
readers might get "confused" when reading yours, thinking that it
resembles a real blog.
Please don't bother me with this bullshit nonsense.
Yep! Thank you, and goodnight. Remember to tip your waitstaff! I managed to be polite in my response to him yet again, and asked him not to belittle my legitimate concern, but apparently he doesn't give a rat's ass. Keep in mind, I've poured my heart and soul (and time and money) into Blogumentary since 2002, so you might say I'm a bit protective. Not overly-protective, I don't think. Do you? Anyway, I'm ready to move on now. Several Blogumentary fans came out of the woodwork in my defense. I count my lucky stars for them, and of course for my comfortable Google presence.
**** UPDATE ***** I AM NOW BEING THREATENED WITH LEGAL ACTION. SO I MAY NEED TO TAKE PARTS OF THIS POST DOWN... BLOGOSPHERE HELP! LEGAL ADVICE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!
Via Eric Rice - 59 Bloggers director John Hart is bothered by Chuck Olsen's 'Bullshit Nonsense' (Thanks for giving me the heads up Eric.)