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posted by CoolHand on Saturday December 12 2015, @01:13AM   Printer-friendly
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For the last decade, Marjorie Carvalho and her husband have produced Star Wars Action News, a podcast dedicated to Star Wars collectibles of all sorts. Predictably, they've had a lot to talk about, as waves of action figures and other collectibles have been launched in the run-up to the much-anticipated release next week of Star Wars: Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

On Tuesday, a Star Wars Action News staffer saw something he shouldn't have—and bought it. A 3 3/4" action figure of "Rey," a female character from The Force Awakens, was on display in a Walmart in Iowa, apparently earlier than it should have been. The staff member bought it for $6.94 plus tax, no questions asked. The following day, he posted pictures of the Rey figure on Star Wars Action News' Facebook page.

"Have we known this figure was coming?" the staffer, named Justin, asked in the post. "I just found her at Walmart—no new other figures."

A short time later, Carvalho got a surprising message.

"A friend texted my husband saying, hey, are you getting sued?" said Carvalho in an interview with Ars Technica. The image from the Facebook post was gone. "We looked and noticed we'd gotten a notice from Facebook saying our image violated copyright. It was confusing because our staff member, Justin, he took the photo."

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:04AM

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:04AM (#275257) Homepage

    This is one of the many problems with Whites. While a non-White would laugh off the early-sale gaffe and be thankful for the free publicity (note that this would be one of the most honest examples of the "accidental leak"), Whites would be (and were!) stirred to anger in an instant because of their greedy and hateful short-sightedness.

    This is why Whites have caused all of the world's problems on a planet where they were plenty of other peaceful men who were born civilized and robbed of their riches, freedom, and pride.

    If modern civilization ends with nuclear war, chances are that Whites will have been behind it.

    Around Whites, eternal copyrights.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:31AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:31AM (#275268)

    You can't fool us, Ethanol-fueled! We all know you're talkin' 'bout the jews.

    Besides, Whites don't have negative stereotypes. That's why it's okay to chant "Black power!" but not "White power!"

    • (Score: 4, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:37AM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday December 12 2015, @02:37AM (#275273)

      Of course whites have negative stereotypes. Chanting "white power" is one of them.