Also, they sued the guy who invented the 'slurpee' haircut!
At one time my firm worked for Southland Corporation. The own of 7-11 convenience stores. We handled enforcement of their 7-11 brand. If you owned a convenience store and had either 7 or 11 in your name, your got a C&D from us. We hired local private investigators to gather evidence. We sued those who didn't comply. Lots of money & time spent. To protect the brand.
Also, they sued the guy who invented the 'slurpee' haircut!
Yeah, different companies go after IP violators at wildly different levels. I never heard of Lucasfilm being one of the really agressive ones, but IANAL and my knowledge is purely anecdotal. Assuming Olney has done all he's been accused of, one can only hope that Lucasfilm goes after him chainsaw in hand.
My point was that expecting the local police to come and arrest Olney over small-scale contract disagreement is pretty unrealistic. With the exception of Lucasfilm, I just don't see anybody who has both a beef with Olney and the spare cash to go after him.
In the meantime, folks should keep on doing what they're doing: get the facts straight, get them out there, and keep them out there. Done with consistency, it works. Nobody will ever get their goods or money back, but he'll have an ever-shrinking pool of people to scam in the future.
For what it's worth, I still get the occasional e-mail from someone thanking me for warning them about Olney. My writing and the fine work of Gail and others have saved folks from getting involved with the Vile One. That's something to be proud of.
After writing about another scam artist in my blog recently, I received an e-mail from a long-time comics pro who said that piece had saved him considerable grief. In that case, for an assortment of reasons, I couldn't name names or identify either the victims or the perpetrators. But I was able to write about the anatomy of the scam in enough detail that the pro had the information he needed to make his wise decision not to get involved with the perp.
Even if we never get the satisfaction of guys like Olney doing the perp-walk, we're still winning victories every week. In an imperfect world, that's not too shabby an outcome.
That's always been my thing, I don't care what happens to Rick that much. I don't want others to be cheated. For all the shit people say about this thread, without it, there would be a LOT more people scammed and cheated.
Exactly right, Gail. In his ego-driven delusions, Olney thinks this is about him...and it's not. It's about warning people about him.
As I've always said, Olney is a training exercise; he's a slow-moving and dull-witted specimen. The best way to think of him is as target practice; he has trained all of us to recognize bullshit when we hear it, so we are all far better equipped to deal with the big-money scammers when they try more elaborate and better-executed versions of his tricks.
Richard L. Olney II, b.k.a. Rick Olney is a liar, thief, fraud, and shame to creativity everywhere. He still owes at least $35,547.76 to people who have worked for him, has bragged of selling stolen merchandise, and bullies anyone who dares to point out the error of his ways.
Just popping back in here to point out that I have changed my primary blog, consolidating my last 2 into one. Fookyoutwit was a funny parody name, but I decided I'd rather be identified by something more original, as well as easier to remember. So I'm using iblogalot.com (I couldn't believe that wasn't already taken, when I registered it), and I've spent the weekend moving most old blog posts to the new one (luckily I seem to have officially become an insomniac, so I've had plenty of time). I'll probably leave the other one's up until my registration on them wear out, I think next April, because I know several folks have linked to my Rick Olney blogs, which continue to be my most viewed posts for the past several months. But I wanted to share the new links here, so if any of you need to alert anyone to Olney's history in the future, please use these new links (I backdated them all to be on the same day, in order to make it easier to read all together, if necessary).
A WARNING TO COMICS PROFESSIONALS ABOUT RICK OLNEY
LYING IN THE GUTTERS WITH RICK OLNEY
RICK OLNEY VS. SCOTT REED
RICK OLNEY VS. JIM TOURNAS
RICK OLNEY VS. VAL STAPLES
And the newest one I just put together tonight (or this morning, whatever, I've lost track of time)
RICK OLNEY VS. MATT BUSCH
I'll admit, the last one was the hardest, as I had to struggle to keep it to the most relevant posts, while not injecting my own views into it too much, such as pointing out how Matt's extreme stupidity in dealing with Olney has gotten him in this mess. But I figure that should obvious enough to anyone who reads all his comments. That was always my intent when putting all of these together. Just showing the relevant and verifiable facts, leaving my own opinions out of it, as much as possible. Like I wouldn't post a blog about the St. Judes charity auction because even though I may personally believe, based on his other behavior, that it is likely he did indeed commit fraud, that's never been proven, so it's still just an accusation. But in the case of Scott Reed, while I wasn't personally involved in that, I think the publicly known facts speak for themselves. Both men made accusations of misconduct against each other, but when it came time to prove their cases in court, Scott is the only one who showed up to prove his side. And Olney clearly lied when he said, multiple times, that he had a lawyer and would file a counter-suit. And most damning is when he publicly declared that he was finally going to pay off the debt, and only made one payment (which was still over 2 months later than he initially claimed), only to later publicly admit that he never had any real intention of paying it all, and that he never will. Likewise in the case with Matt Busch, anyone can read for themselves all the times Olney insisted that he had no sinister intentions and was simply living up to the original agreement he claims Busch made with him, that he would sell as many maps he could by Nov. 15 2011 (yes, he posted a typo of 2012, but in another link he clearly states that it's 2011, same times as the conventions was supposed to run), and that on Nov. 15th he would willingly send the remaining maps back to Busch, and publicly reveal where he donated whatever money he made to charity. I show where he said that several times. Now we see, again, in his own words, that's he's just arbitrarily decided not to honor that agreement, and will just keep the maps unless Busch posts a public apology. He thinks he's being smart but, by his own actions right now, he's showing the world that he can't keep his word. He can rant and rave about libel and slander all he wants, but in each of these posts I'm simply posting his own words for everyone to see and then make up their own minds. I think that's the most effective weapon to use against him.