A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post in which I looked into the fascinating background of a writer who I discovered after he mentioned me on Twitter.
I was surprised when I received an email from Squarespace informing me that some of my content had been taken down due to copyright violations. I'm not copyright lawyer, but I was of the understanding that everything I used was legal under "fair use".
For example, I used pictures of his book covers, which I've always thought to be fair game in book reviews, which those parts of the post should have counted as.
And I used the profile pictures that he uses on Facebook and Twitter, which, according to this website, appears to be totally okay.
Perhaps most baffling was the complaint that I had posted a screenshot of Phil Elmore's tweet which inspired the offending blog post. Since when are tweets not allowed to be shared? And if that's the case, why isn't Donald Trump suing the entire world into oblivion?
Even stranger, the tweet in question was tacked on to a retweet of one of my tweets, which means Phil Elmore complained about me using a picture of him using a picture of my content. That's some Inception shit right there.
But who am I to argue complex legal matters with the likes of Phil Elmore? I have no doubt that his expertise in copyright law is rivaled only by his expertise in recognized martial arts and private investigation.
One might think that such a renowned author and warrior as Phil Elmore would respond to such slights with a merciless barrage of flashlights and swords, or at least a strongly-worded retort, rather than cry like a bitch over dubious claims of copyright infringement. But Phil Elmore is a gentle giant, and has shown mercy on me. For that I am grateful.
And so here I am, Phil Elmore, to extend an olive branch. I sincerely apologize for all the wrongs I've done you, and have changed the offending images to ones which I hope you will find more suitable.
It's hard to say "I'm sorry." It takes a big man to admit when he's wrong. And I know that no one appreciates a big, hard man like you do, Phil Elmore.