Tuesday, August 2

UPDATE: Dear VHS Wasteland...

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Okay guys, I got in contact with James, the head of VHS Wasteland, and we got things straightened out peacefully. We agreed to keep the covers from BoGD on Wasteland as long as this blog is credited for them. In a gesture of good faith, I've put up a permanent link to his blog as did he for this blog. So go ahead and shift through their huge and awesome tape cover archive. Everything is cool.

I'm well aware VHS Wasteland has many contributing members, the scans on this blog aren't watermarked, and many appear in VHS-related Google Image searches. However, it's unfortunate and disheartening to see an abundance of cover scans directly taken from Basement of Ghoulish Decadence while digging through your daily archives without any credit or blessing.

Understand that I don't make any money from this blog whatsoever. The domain name and image bandwidth are expenses out-of-pocket. I have zero intention of adding any ads or merchandise to help assist. Shit, I've only gotten a grand total of two glorious screener review requests in the entire lifespan of BoGD, so I don't even get that usual horror/cult flick blogger perk of free crap. On more than one occasion I've asked myself why I even continue marching along with this blog.

The scans you see here are from an old, half-broken HP scanner/printer and the images cropped, resized, and color corrected on the super esoteric programs little known as "MS Paint" and "IrfanView" freeware. Nearly all of them are from my collection and any that aren't are cited with their source. I'd hate to start plastering this blog's address all over these covers. Taking and reposting them without proper credit seems to negate the whole communal feeling this ever-growing online tape collecting trend has. Or at least I thought it had...

So please, either tell your contributors to either provide a given scan's online source if applicable or do the legwork involved in scanning and prepping covers from their own collections. Where's the fun and passion in essentially stealing the life's blood of your blog from someone else? Or are you just hoping to pawn off a few logo t-shirts?

I'm probably talking to a brick wall,

Jayson K.
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9 comments:

SLAUGHTER FILM said...

Bravo! Blogging is hard enough.

Aylmer said...

Jayson, for what it's worth - I don't even collect tapes but BOGD is one of my fave horror blogs on the web, and one of the few that I read religiously every morning. Your work is appreciated.

Craig Edwards said...

Absolutely spot on! And you do have fans out here who appreciate the efforts you put forth for this excellent blog. Just sayin' - we hope you don't shut 'er down.

Strange Kid said...

I agree with Slaughter Film, Jayson, and good for you to take a stand. Having some sort of watermark might be a good idea, though. Not only would it negate anyone stealing photos without contest, but if you used your domain name chances are it would lead to more traffic to the Basement.

More traffic = more recognition. :)

Jayson said...

Thanks for all the kind words, guys! We got things straightened out with no problems. :)

serialkillercalendar said...

Hi Jayson. Thanks for the revised post bud. I am glad we could get everything worked out. I love the site and I would have hated for there to be any bad blood between us. Thanks again. :)

the-scandyfactory said...

also, you probably have had some clueless douche who uses cinemageddon make a torrent of your scans (as someone did with mine, and i'm sure, others) and they're being claimed by who-the-fuck-knows. needless to say, it's frustrating.
I'm glad to see you got things worked out with VW. James is a good guy.

Jack J said...

Jayson, in your post you mention sometimes wondering why you keep doing this. Well, I can't give you an answer to that - but what I CAN tell you is that it's definitely appreciated! I mean I collects tapes but you, man, you COLLECT TAPES!!!!!

serialkillercalendar said...

Thanks for the kind words scandyfactory. I appreciate that. I am sure that anyone who knows me would attest that my intentions where good. Like I mentioned to Jayson, a lot of the filler covers that are not contributed by members or come from my own collection, are from one big folder that I have on my computer where I save any random cover I might find while using google image searches over the last few years (stuff buried on the bottom of the net on obscure foreign forum sites and stuff like that). Since they all go in the same folder, it has been almost impossible to tell where they originally came from. But if anyone that owns a site like Jaysons see covers that look like they came from there collection, then let me know and I will be happy to add a similar ad box (like the one I put at the top right of VHS WASTELAND for Jayson)for their website. Running VHSW is a very time consuming hobby that does not bring in any money and takes away from my other companies). The last thing I would want to do is to be on bad terms with other fellow collectors like you and Jayson. Thanks everyone.

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