July 21st, 2006

australia, ocean

argh update

To continue the saga from yesterday afternoon about how someone was claiming my painstakingly-hand-drawn Marauder's Map as their own AND trying to sell it on eBay...As of last night, the high bidder had retracted his bid, so he must have gotten my message, and I got a reply from the other bidder thanking me for the info & asking when my next party will be. :) As of this morning the auction had ended with "The seller ended this listing early because the item is no longer available for sale." I had this in my inbox this morning.

Hello I am sorry for any trouble I may have caused you, I realise it was your own brilliant work and not mine. I hope you accept my apology and I wont do anything like this EVER again.

Maybe he is 12, but I really hope he has learned his lesson. We're already planning on a password-protected downloads section on britta.com, with an expiring password system so no one can just post a link with the password anywhere else. Then it's a matter of what content can I sell and what is just available for free, but people have to contact me to get the current password. That still won't prevent people from reposting content elsewhere after they've downloaded it, but at the login I could have a "terms & conditions" agreement that no reposting allowed and for personal use only, no resale. Not sure how much that would help, but we'll see...