Happy Easter Everybody! So here is a quick update on the Seanie B. situation. Seanie B has edited out the three instances on the video that I taunted him over, but many remain. As a matter of fact, somebody made a NEW video that points the remaining instances of plagiarism – save for the ones he stole from other people… but more on that later. In the meantime, Seanie B has responded… sort of…
On his forum, Seanie B. Posted this message concerning the controversy:
“Hey guys :/ Will make a response soon since there is a big demand for it, but in the mean time, go back and watch my very first recap, the first couple minutes. Will explain a couple of things… Just know that before the “incident” (pun intended), I never heard of her or went to her site, will explain it later once it cools down a bit, just super tired atm and stressed, been out all day, so probably tomorrow”
So that video says, basically, that he is going to gather the secrets and theories that people have posted. Sean, I’m sorry nobody told you back then that you’d have to cite your sources and not merely say “Best Lost site: mine” in your video linear notes, but I’d expect maybe common sense would require? Certainly, sharing the theories from around the net would be a service! You do that by prefacing the theory with “I read this interesting idea at…” instead of “I think…”, putting off other peoples ideas as your own thoughts when you are reading them word for word is lying. Come on, man. You’re a Christian, you of all people should know this.
EDIT: Okay, that last sentence – kind of uncalled for and I apologize. Although, those of you who think I was taking him to task for his faith – I wasn’t. I hold people of faith to a higher standard. That was my intent, and it was kinda tasteless. I certainly acknowledge that there is no tasteful way to bring faith into this sort of conversation, and I apologize for trying to… I certainly meant Sean no disrespect for being a person of faith.
Interestingly enough, the video features my LOST Spoilers header graphic which was made for TheTailsection. Yeah, you didn’t ask for permission to use that.
BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!
Amusingly enough, SeanB and his more zealous followers believe that I took this on to increase my traffic. That’s asinine. In that past month this site has been featured on E! and EW, and for sometime on LOSTPedia – and it was for other reasons (the parallels between the social effect of the BSG finale and what awaits us with LOST, Nato64’s Awesome series, and ratings analysis). I’ve kept the personal out of this, but I gotta say that I’m a little amused that some guy who has a whole million channel views since October of 2006 thinks I’m trying to cash in on his fame. This is what Sean wrote:
Going to write the response tomorrow still. I’m not going to write anything to Docartz or whatever the name is. He has nothing to do with it, just trying to name names to get people to head over to his site, which is working. This is between Erika and myself, and my fans and myself. I have already apologized to Erika 2 days ago, which I’ll talk about later… I have been literally called the next Hitler by thousands of people the past 2 days, which I really didn’t care about at first, but, as you can imagine, it’s just getting old now. If you’ve noticed, I closed my YouTube channel comments section for now, and it will remain closed until things settle down. I’ll talk more about this and other things tomorrow.
Now, there are actually some DocArzt.com articles, including one by me, amongst the plagiarisms. And it will come out. But I would like to point out ONE piece of creative work of mine that is plagiarized in every episode of Seanie B’s recaps:
His logo. That image is a custom dharma logo I made for TheTailsection.
Now, Seanie B never asked for permission (TheTailsection does have a copyright notice, or used to), and to my knowledge never gave me credit for designing his logo. Frankly, it’s not a big deal to me – but sheesh, is anything on his videos actually his? So Seanie, you do need to talk to me, because I’m putting out a copyright infringement notice against every video of yours that contains that artwork.
Oh, and I am NOT posting on Seanie B’s forums, and haven’t. That is an impersonator.
THE FINAL WORD
Really, to allow further commenting on this would be foolish – we all know the outcome: Sean’s supporters will continue to flame me for posting this, my people will flame them, on to infinity. That’s not why this was done. This was done because a distraught friend came to me after her attempt to negotiate it was met with the reply “no, it was a strange coincidence.” Sean tried for two days to make this go away first by claiming he’d never heard of her – something he has since changed his tune on – and then by offering to remove what he stole. I did what any friend would do, I stuck up for my friend. I’m a real “Don’t let the bastards win” kind of guy. We all know the facts from the video I made, and this one, and the many that will come from others. Trying to blame me as some kind of attention seeker really pales in the face of what is presented in the videos, and what is yet to be uncovered.
To his fans I say this: I have people I admire that I would defend until the bitter end. I understand and respect your passion, and in many ways I’m not happy at all that it had to come to this. The fact is, this outcome was his decision. I stood by ready to assist should he not do the right thing and he persisted in saying that he’d never read Erika, didn’t use other people’s material, and so on. Questioning my motives may be an effective way of avoiding the hurtful facts – that he considered each and every one of you as being gullible enough to never find out – but it doesn’t change the reality of the situation: Sean ripped off my friend, and many others, and I acted the way a good friend should. Case closed.