The material on ifihadamonkey.com is provided free-of-charge for the amusement of anyone who stumbles into this little corner of the internet. I don't mind if you link to this page from your own site. I don't mind if you reproduce the monkey list elsewhere, as long as you ask for my permission and give me appropriate credit. I don't mind if you start your own monkey list somewhere; I know that mine is better. What I DO mind is when people steal material from this site and claim it as their own.
With current search engine technology, it is easy to find inappropriate uses of my material on other sites. My monkey list is filled with so many inside jokes and "you had to be there"s that I can type in virtually any single entry from my list and be able to find it online. I have contacted many sites and asked them to remove my list, or at least give me credit. If they refuse, I contact their ISP and have their page taken down. Simple as that. Most ISPs take intellectual property theft very seriously, and are happy to remove any violations from their servers.
If you want to use any part of the monkey list, just ask for my permission. I'll probably grant it, as long as you give me credit, or you link back to this page.
Recently, it was brought to my attention by the kind people at rubbermonkey.org
that someone was trying to use my material to get free tickets to one of
their performances. This is the email that I received from Patrick
McCarthy of rubbermonkey.org, which he sent to the offender:
|Dear Eric W_______,
Regarding your attached email entitled "If I had a Monkey" that you
In short, Dude you are so busted!
"Marabou saunter across the plains of Africa.
Paul? But I thought this dude's name was eric . . . odd . . .
So just for the fun I sent a part of "your" poem through google's search
p.s. there really is no such thing as monkey points, i made that part
Eric W________ wrote:
> Patrick McCarthy,
> I would house-warm my monkey.
(personal contact information removed at request of Eric.)
My thanks go to Patrick McCarthy for bringing this to my attention. It is a perfect example of copyright infringement: someone trying to profit by claiming my material as their own. I have no problem with people re-creating my material, as long as they give me credit and don't try to profit from it. Mr. Eric W________ purports to be a big fan of this site, and as such, I have chosen to leave out his personal contact information. But let this serve as a warning to anyone who tries to claim material on this site as their own: you will be found, and you will suffer the legal consequences. As an author and webmaster of resurrender.net, intellectual property theft is something that I am quite vigilant in pursuing and ending.
My legal team of Marabou and Murphy is presently discussing my options in pursuing legal action against Mr. W_______. I have not yet decided whether to let this one go, since it was such a flagrant abuse of my trust and my material.
1.) Don't use my material without my permission.
2.) Don't use my material without giving me credit as author.
3.) Don't use my material to profit.
4.) If you violate this trust, you will be found and legal action will be taken against you.
5.) Enjoy the site, but don't pretend that you wrote it.
Thank you for your time and your support.
author of "If I Had a Monkey..."
copyright 1996-2005 Paul Hughes.