I received these two letters referring to the
They sparked a series of email transpirings and I thought you all
would be amused.
replies will be on the green. Enjoy!
hey seen you site and the image/idea is great but i copy-righted
the image years ago...
i would appreciate
it if you removed the devil/christ part from your site
i will wait
for answer if i do not hear from you in 15 days you will hear
from me 27nov2000
again great idea
hey my name is peter excho..
you have a great idea butt i copy-righted this idea/image
i would greatly appreciate it if you took the item off the
if i do not see the item removed with-in 15 days 27 nov 2000
i will be talkin too you again...
again the idea/image is great. thanks peter excho.....
You said that you have a copyright on idea/image of christ/devil.
Please be more specific on what it is exactly you've copyrighted...
Jesus dressed as the Devil? Jesus with devil horns? Evil Jesus?
You see, it's hard for me to take such a poorly written email seriously.
Normal Bob Smith
welll sorry for the poorly w-ritten e-mail...
and i may of 96 i sent in my copy-right papers for the image
of christ/devil on the cross
yes it is all of the stated you said evilchrist christ with
horns and christ as the devil
how does that sayin' go a picture means a thousand words...
agian i'm glad that people are comein' up with the idea christ/devil
time makes everything...
27 nov 2000 is
the 15 day grace period... i do-not want this too turn out
too be a bad thing hey i would even consider loanin' you the
idea/copyright with of course all the legal stuff too go along
with it i hope my e-mail is not poor any-more again thanks
I don't have to take down the site do I? I apologize for my earlier
I was considering
changing the devil suit to green. Would it still fall under the
evil/jesus category if I did that? I was also thinking on maybe
just adding pointy ears to the suit so it'd be more like a Satyr
(half goat half man). Would this fall out of the guidelines for
Please contact me as soon as possible.
hey again the idea is great...
i could have paper work drawn up sooo that the sight can remain
the same and we both can have happy long lifes...
the paper work would say something like
blah blah blah peter excho [pexcho] was the creater/copyright
holder of the evil/christ since date blah blah blah and again
we both are in this fun game called life and nothing bad becomes
i would e-mail you a copy then also send a hard copy too be
signed and dated and witnessed by a notery public person and
then mailed back too me for my records and soo that way if
your site visitors would like too read/see the grand dad too
your child they can...
again thanks for quick responding/understanding
Hey Peter, I've decided to just change the devil costume to Green.
It's the holidays and I believe that it'll no longer fall in the
parameters of your copyright that way. So don't worry about it.
hey i will talk too my lawyer and see what they say..... and
get back too you as soon as i know something.... either way
you will hear from me
I'd really prefer not to get lawyers involved in all of this. I've
been considering your offer and I am now thinking of just putting
your name on the site with your copyright. Would it be OK if I put
just your initials? Then I could at least be the only FULL name
represented on the site. Please get beck to me as soon as possible.
Please refrain from getting any lawyers involved.
initial email I have also had an idea for a comic strip I wanted
to draw and put on the site. It sort of falls into the evil/christ
category but not exactly. Let me know what you think of this and
your thoughts on my JesusDressUp offers.
hey allready got a message into my lawyer and they said that
they would get back too me by the time this little holiday
goes over and i will be able too get you all the info that
you will need to keep doing or not keep doing what you do...sooo
as we await for there answer of copyright guidelines that
is all i can say for now
as for the inatials
on your sight they would be "pexcho"
I apologize for
this taking as long as it has. When I mentioned the initials
I was actually hoping for just one initial. I'd be happy to
give you copyright credit with the one initial (your choice
I'm sending you one of my quick sketches from the comic that
I was telling you about. It's about a Jesus gone bad. Not
the devil possessing Jesus like your copyright covers. Let
me know what you think. It'd be nice to get your blessing
on this before I started posting the series that I've done.
Hope to hear from
you soon about the Jesus Dress Up page. It's been on my mind.
is the artwork that I included as an attachment.
(CLICK TO SEE IT FULL SIZE)
hearing no response and the "grace period" passing
I sent one last reply.
I hope that your lawyer gave you good news! I was going to change
the devil suit to green but then I decided that dark orange would
be more like what I wanted it to portray. So I changed the suit
to a REALLY dark orange. Then I thought that it is nearly red so
I just made it red again and I'm just going to call it "Dark-orange"©2000NormalBobSmith.
to my lawyer and he said that this would be enough to get you off
my back. If you are still concerned about this matter I am willing
to put an initial of yours on the site. It's your choice:
Option 1- P
Option 2- E
it'd no longer have the copyright "©". It's too late for that. You
should have replied sooner.
I hope that
you don't mind me brushing off your silly, little copyright claim.
I just copyrighted the compound word "DEVILCHRIST"©2000 NormalBobSmith.
I figured that if this isn't enough to crush your spirit on the
matter, then we're just going to have to take this to court (I'll
be holding my breath until the summons gets here).
I hope that
this doesn't dampen any of the thrill that your "copyright" brings
you. It is a real impressive thing that you've got there. I want
to thank you for inspiring me on the whole devil-christ gravy train.
Not only am I going to do a comic but I have several other related
ideas that I'm already working on. I hope to hear from you again
bob. Just wondering if you've ever been to makeafist.com.
I created it about 2 years ago and found it at least a little
strange that the same thought inspired 2 people so similarly.
just get back to me if you can, i'm interested in where you
got the idea.
letter deserved no response (You'll see what I mean when you check
out the site). But I did want to use this opportunity to give a
little background of JesusDressUp.com
I was dabbling in sacrilegious art. I was harboring a lot of resentment
for having to go to church, pray to God and believe something because
my parents told me to. I did a comic that told the short tale of
a nun with a spear through her head caught in a revolving door.
I also did a piece that I called "The
Adventures of Jew Boy down Blasphemy Lane". During this
period is when I created "Color-n-cut Dress Me Up!".
the original piece, tagged with my "BOB PRODUCT" logo
that I was putting on everything that I did.
being at my desk giggling to myself 'cause I was so goddamn clever.
This drawing was very wrong but I couldn't stop myself. Then my
mother walked in...
"Bobby NO!!" She yelled.
I knew that I was on to something good. I inked it in, photocopied
them off and handed them out to friends so that they could color
him in, cut him out and dress him up. I mailed them out as Easter
cards that year and then forgot about it.
decade later I wanted to teach myself Dreamweaver. I picked up a
copy of Lynda
Weinman's Dreamweaver 2 Hands-on Training book. In the back
of this book she has a little exercise that teaches DHTML which
includes layers. Her example to work with is a little monkey that
you can dress up. I thought that I could just as easily use my own
the page I put it up on the Internet so that it could be shared
with family and friends.
I used my personal
pages that weren't meant for a whole lot of traffic. So my friends
emailed the address to their friends, and they emailed it to their
friends and so on and so on. Within 2 weeks I was exceeding the
traffic aloud on my pages. I received a bill in the mail for $750
from my Internet provider. It was quite a shock. I refused the charges
and was told that if I got a business account, it could handle the
traffic and the $750 charge would be reconsidered.
So I get
the business account for $19.99 a month. That's when I began work
Ok, so September
and October pass. I'm getting a lot of emails and everything is
cool. November rolls around and I get a bill in the mail for $1,700.
I called up my Internet provider to find out what was up. It was
then that I discovered that in September I got 150,000 visits to
my site. But that was nothing. October brought in 250,000 and that
bill was going to be nearly $3,000. That's
where the advertising comes in.
the response has been overwhelming both from advertisers and fans.
I greatly appreciate the interest that everyone has been showing
and nothing would make me happier than if I could maintain these
pages, respond to the hate and display my art.
only me here doing all of this and as of 8/12/00 these pages are
only three months in the making.
So continue to visit. I'll be up-dating these pages as often as