Monday, August 29, 2016

UPDATE: Mystery Science Storybook Banned from Gumroad!


Perhaps I was a bit naive when I made the post yesterday that I had decided to move on from Amazon to Gumroad to sell digital versions of Mystery Science Storybook, thinking that people had better things to do with their time than hassle me for wanting to sell my own art...

Sometime in the last hour or so, another abusive and fraudulent DMCA complaint was filed against me and my book on Gumroad, and my account there has been suspended. This has happened less than 24 hours after I announced the move. I do not know yet if James Nguyen, director of Birdemic, is behind this latest assault on my freedom of expression and attempt to deprive me of making a profit off my work, but I will update you in this post when I have all the details.

In the meantime, looks like we're back to square one yet again. You can still download both books for free at Archive.org and please consider becoming a patron. Thanks again to everybody for your support and I will keep you updated as details become available.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that James Nguyen is behind this latest assault on the Freedom of Expression. He threatened Gumroad with a ten million dollar lawsuit that he has absolutely no case for or even the resources to file. Looks like this guy is not going to go away quietly.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

UPDATE: Never Give Up, Never Surrender!


For everybody who has supporting me in this whole Birdemic vs. Storybook ordeal, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. The support of my friends and fans has gotten me through what one could consider a very rough and emotional time. Here's some of the coverage in other outlets we got, if you're not included, send me an email and I'll be sure to update this list.
I know a lot of people have suggested that I take counter-legal measures against James Nguyen for causing me all this trouble, which sounds like fun, but quite frankly, probably wouldn't even be worth it. I am therefore playing my "Moving On!" card and taking my business away from Amazon, who have made it clear to me that they have no intentions of even considering my side of the story and will not be putting the digital versions of Mystery Science Storybook back up for sale. Instead, you will now be able to purchase digital versions of both Mystery Science and Night of the Living Storybook on Gumroad.com! Links on this website will be changed to reflect the new digital home of the Storybook series.

I know many of you may be saying "why are you putting them back up for sale so soon? He'll just issue DMCA notices to Gumroad!" Perhaps, but please remember that I have done nothing wrong! Mystery Science Storybook is my intellectual property and I have a right to sell it! I doubt Mr. Nguyen is even still paying attention to me at this point, but in case he is, I'd like to publicly state that I am doubling down on my right to sell Storybook in it's entirety, and that includes the parody chapter "Attack of the Birds." You don't own my work, Mr. Nguyen, and you never will! If you want to keep harassing me, I guess that's a road we'll have to go down together, but you will eventually lose! So how about we just go our separate ways now, what do you say?

In any case, to use a cliche that I don't entirely know from where it originates, I will never give up and I will never surrender. Mystery Science Storybook is back up for sale, and I am very glad that, for as far as I'm concerned, is in my rear view mirror.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Ceast and Desist: Another Parody of Birdemic!


Yes, I decided to answer a DMCA notice of my parody of Birdemic: Shock and Terror with another parody of Birdemic: Shock and Terror.  

You can read all about what has happened so far here.

Feel free to download both volumes of Storybook for free at Archive.org and consider becoming a patron to keep the series going! Enjoy CEAST AND DESIST, everybody!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

UPDATE: Mystery Science Storybook Officially Removed from Amazon and Blurb




Read all the backstory here.

Unfortunately friends, both Amazon and Blurb have caved to the lying, unfounded DMCA notices sent to them by James Nguyen, director of Birdemic: Shock and Terror. I have taken the precaution of removing Night of the Living Storybook from Blurb and a new file for the second volume will be uploaded to the Kindle version too. This is a huge blow, but I'm not done fighting. In the meantime, the best thing anybody can do to help is to:

1. Download the book FOR FREE on Archive.org.

2. Share the hell out of this story on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, EVERYWHERE you can! In the world of DMCA, you are guilty until proven innocent, and showing the world what a greedy, pathetic, talentless a-hole James Nguyen is the only way to get justice! Please share THIS LINK as it has all the details.

3. Consider making a donation or becoming a patron.
I know times are tough and I honest to god won't hold it against you if you can't, but I'm about to lose a ton of sales and dollars because of Mr. Nguyen's actions, so if you have ANYTHING to spare to keep the series afloat, it would be VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Will keep everybody updated as events continue to unfold.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Birdemic Director James Nguyen Attempts to Bully, Threaten, Censor and Take Down Mystery Science Storybook!

JAMES NGUYEN IS BULLYING, THREATENING, AND ATTEMPTING TO CENSOR MYSTERY SCIENCE STORYBOOK! IN AMERICA PARODY IS PROTECTED SPEECH! BULLYING TACTICS, MISREPRESENTATION AND GROSS IGNORANCE OF AMERICAN PARODY AND FAIR USE LAW, WILL NOT STAND!

James Nguyen is attempting to get Mystery Science Storybook removed from both Amazon and Blurb! But you can still download BOTH volumes FOR FREE AT ARCHIVE.ORG! Please consider making a Paypal donation (sidebar) or becoming a Patreon donor to help compensate with the loss of business I am about to receive because of Nguyen's actions.


On August 17, 2016, as part of an awareness raising campaign for my Mystery Science Storybook series, I published a post that featured my parody of Birdemic: Shock and Terror entitled “Attack of the Birds,” which is the third chapter of the first volume of the series. Like all Mystery Science Storybook stories, “Attack of the Birds” is a loving parody of it's source material, and the word parody is featured prominently in the story's subtitle, and a work of parody constitutes Fair Use of it's respective source material. 

I would also like to point out that all drawings and dialogue were created from scratch by me, and I and I alone can claim sole intellectual property of every single element of every single page in Mystery Science Storybook.


Later that day, I received two emails from Mr. Ngyuen, one sent to me on Facebook and another sent to me to my personal email account.

Two more emails were later sent to me, the first being a copy of these emails, but with several members of the Birdemic cast and Severin Films employees CC'd. The other was this, a forwarded message to me that he has placed a copyright infringement claim on the Kindle edition of Mystery Science Storybookwith Amazon.


I responded with this email, and he responded again.



I did not respond. Earlier today he forwarded me confirmation that Amazon was in the process of removing Mystery Science Storybook based on his ignorant claims!



It is clear that Mr. Nguyen has declared war on Mystery Science Storybook and does not have an operational understanding of the concept of parody and Fair Use. I will appeal Amazon's decision and will most likely win such an appeal. I have worked too hard on this series and will not let James Ngyuen's ignorant bully tactics push it out of existence. You can still download BOTH volumes FOR FREE AT ARCHIVE.ORG! Please consider making a Paypal donation (sidebar) or becoming a Patreon donor to help compensate with loss of revenue I am about to take, and share this post on your social media feeds to spread the word about this injustice.

Thanks so much.

- Dave Chadwick
aka Sugar Ray Dodge

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Storybook invades Incognito Cinema Warriors XP!


Our good friends at ICWXP are maxing and relaxing on set with Mystery Science and Night of the Living Storybook. This is a really cool thing to see, to be honest. These guys are hard workers and deserve to keep going with their hilarious independent television show! Check out their YouTube channel and hit them up on Patreon to keep their lights on!