Our week here at Blog@Newsarama started pretty quiet, but things picked up in the wee hours of Tuesday morning shortly after Melissa Krause posted the latest edition of Meanwhile. One of the people she linked to this week apparently consulted his team of lawyers and issued a “cease & desist” notice, asking us to remove a link to his blog. Melissa immediately complied, and even though the link was gone, the drama was only beginning.
He Who Must Not Be Named also raised a stink at Melissa’s other blog, When Fangirls Attack, where Melissa and her WFA partner (and fellow Blog@Newsaraman) Lisa Fortuner decided not to comply with a similar request. As Fandom Wank pointed out, “the rest of the commenters, and much of the surrounding comics blogosphere, tell him to STFU.” Many people also pointed out that the best way not to be linked is not to have a blog in the first place, and apparently said blogger took that to heart and abandoned his blog altogether.
Y’know, when Shane Bailey and I first talked about the idea behind Meanwhile, I never imagined that simply linking to someone’s blog would cause such drama, consternation and faux legal threats. Many thanks to the many bloggers and commenters who pointed out how ludicrous that line of thinking is. For the record, to anyone who ever has issues or concerns or whatever about something that appears on Blog@, feel free to drop me an email. I may or may not remove a link, but at least I can save you some public humiliation.
And in other news, we have an update on another story we posted this week; the Rachel Bilson/Wonder Woman rumors we reported on have been confirmed as being bogus, according to Bilson. But if you’d like to see the young actress dressed up as the Amazon princess, go check out YouTube.
And lastly, some internal site news … I wanted to throw out a “get well soon” to Kevin Melrose, who you probably won’t be seeing around here much for the next week or so as he gets over a nasty illness. And because I might forget, I also want to throw out a “bon voyage” to Graeme McMillan, who leaves for vacation on Sept. 23 and won’t be back until the second week of October.
Yes, this means we could possibly be down two of our daily contributors over the next few weeks, but fear not … we have a plan. Oh yes, do we have a plan. Stay tuned.
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