After the Greed is Good Fiasco, the Doctor thought it wise to seek legal counsel. Fortunately, there is hope that he may regain legal rights to the Dr. StrangeJob brand, but more on that in a later post. Unfortunately, legal counsel raised a legitimate concern that some of the Doctor’s blog posts may leave him open to defamation suits. The Doctor was strongly advised to incorporate a “Disclaimer” clause on his website. Luckily, the Doctor has the law on his side.
In order to constitute defamation, the offending claim must be both false and be made to someone other than the person defamed. The key here is that the claim must be false. In other words, if someone believes one of the Doctor’s blogs makes them appear to be an asshole, then it is their legal right to sue. However, if they are, in fact, an asshole, then they will lose the case. Lucky me.
The Doctor is provided further protection from libel because his works are satirical in nature, rather than mere opinion pieces. Defamation is a lie disguised as truth, but satire is a humorous skewering of a cultural or political event – regardless of whether or not you agree with the viewpoint. The Doctor’s goal is to verify that the Peter Principle is alive and well, not to vilify those who have succumbed to its follies. As the old saying goes – even the most useless person can serve as a bad example.
So, here is my disclaimer – may it forever serve to protect the good Doctor from defamation and libel.
All past, present, and future posts are a satirical account of fictionalized events suggested by the life and times of Dr.StrangeJob. The fictionalized characters and incidents are not intended to refer to actual persons or events, and any similarity is unintentional and entirely coincidental. If you believe this, then please buy a copy of the book “Dr. StrangeJob: Or How I learned to Stop Raging and Embrace the Bull” for all of your friends when it is published. They may see some of themselves in between the lines and have a good chuckle. If, on the other hand, you take offence to any characterizations in the manuscript, or believe the author may be referencing you in an unfair or derogatory manner, then I suggest you follow the advice of Wilbur Swain from the novel Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. – “Why don’t you take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut? Why don’t you take a flying fuck at the mooooooooooooon?”
And so it goes …..
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