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Duplication Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

| Working | December 19, 2012

(In high school, I ran my own business doing small illustration projects and selling prints of my artwork at anime conventions. Since we didn’t have a printer at home, I’d make copies at a local print shop.)

Me: “Excuse me? The copy machine isn’t working right. Could you help me adjust the settings?”

(An employee comes over to look. I show him the original and the bad copy.)

Employee: “Hmm… I’m sorry, but we can’t copy that for you.”

Me: “Why not?”

Employee: “It’s copyright law. You can’t make copies of someone else’s picture.”

Me: “I’m well aware of copyright law. But I made this picture myself and need some prints.”

Employee:Sure, you made it yourself. I’m not dumb, kid. This is professional stuff!”

Me: “Thank you. That would be because I am a professional.”

(I hand him a portfolio of my paintings. As he flips through, he starts to blush.)

Employee: “…Let me adjust those settings for you.”

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