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Sep25

What is that doing there?

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A couple of weeks ago Alienware announced to the world that they too were getting into the MP3 player market. Now, I’m not going to comment on what I think of the thing — even though I had a chance to hold and play with one of the prototypes — although I was responsible for getting the teaser pages ready. No, what I want to comment on is the weird feeling I got seeing the images I used for those pages being totally ripped and used in a couple of gadget blogs I read. I don’t feel particularly bad about it — as in I don’t feel robbed by all these sites taking the images and I’m pretty sure they don’t have to worry about copyright infringment as their use constitutes fair use (they aren’t deriving any profit from the images exclusively). It’s just weird to see people using things I’ve worked on. Doing work on a website is somewhat surreal. Since you don’t actually see people coming in to see the site, the only interaction you get with the end user is numbers really, then you tend to forget that people do actually look at the site and take stuff that they think is cool. Hell for all I know everytime I upload to the "e;Live"e; server I could actually be uploading to some staging server or a server thats really not plugged onto the internet.

But I’m glad to see people using my work — it must mean they like it right? Or would they really just have taken whatever we had put up for them to see? I hope it’s the latter because I spent a long time cleaning up those images!

September 25, 2005 10:09 AM Alienware

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