Yesterday I blogged about Marvel and DC telling the torrent site Z-Cult FM to take down their material, as well as a message allegedly from SLG Publishing, giving Z-Cult permission to list SLG’s material on the site. It was that second item that really snowballed over the weekend.
Z-Cult pulled the thread down and contacted Dan. Someone from Z-Cult then posted a comment here on Blog@ saying they had heard from Dan; it turns out the person who sent the message to Z-Cult was a freelancer who has worked for SLG and had been in contact with Z-Cult before on SLG’s behalf.
That brings us to an email Dan sent me, after I forwarded Z-Cult’s comment to him to verify it was accurate. As it turns out, Dan did give the freelancer permission to contact the site on his behalf some time back to arrange a banner ad exchange:
Looks like I owe a couple of people some apologies on this. Let me break this down for everyone.
1) In regards to the statement on Zcult attributed to SLG. I did not write it. However…
2) Someone whom I have done a lot of business with over the years DID write it. This person had asked me some time back if I would be willing to allow some torrenting of our material in exchange for ad banners on those same sites. This was a few months back and something I thought had already been done. In my mind this was supposed to be a low key promotional opportunity to see if people using those torrent sites could be persuaded to buy legal downloads and not a grand statement on the overall rightness or wrongness of torrent sites.
3) The fact that this took a long time to get done wound up being bad timing as I was now being painted as being pro-torrent, anti DC and Marvel. Those companies have the right to do whatever they like with their property, including threatening legal action. That I might find some promotional use for these download sites doesn’t change that. The timing of the statement was very poor and caught me off guard while I was on vacation and made it look like our decision was a reaction to the Marvel/DC thing and not an initiative we took on our own.
4) I made some pretty harsh comments about the quality of comics journalism. While nobody covering comics is ever going to win a pulitzer, in this case I have to take responsibility for being out of line.
So, with a load of egg on my face I would like to sincerely apologize to Serj at Zcult, to Landry Walker who has been nothing but a tireless and hard-working friend and colleague, and to everyone whom I may have offended in general.