Famed Biblioblogger Jim West has taken the extremely controversial step of copyrighting the phrase “total depravity” (and variants on this phrase) in an apparent bid to protect what has become the central focus of his blog. Confronted with the prospect of copycats after a recent posting by Doug Chaplain, West made the move to be the exclusive legal user of the phrase when it became apparent that he was in danger of losing his position as the #1 Biblioblogger on the Internet to the mild mannered and friendly Joel Watts of TheChurchofJesusChrist.
Reached for comment Mr. Watts declared, “Jim definitely should be afraid, but I doubt any legal maneuver can prevent me from rising to the top.” Anonymous insiders who claim to know Jim West well say he has admitted as much to them and credits his ability to cling to the top on Watts’ inability to find a suitable spell checker. Some bloggers have privately rallied to Jim West’s cause. One such blogger, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, “We can’t have the #1 blogger in the world be from West Virginia, that’s just embarrassing!”
Dr. West was at first reluctant to speak to reporters on the issue, but later released this cryptic comment, “Dilettante news totally depraved biblioblogging numero uno socialism Zwingli.” Unable to make sense of this we contacted NT Wrong, currently residing in a secret bunker under the Arctic Ocean, who told us that it simply meant, “West rules, the rest drool.” Wrong then went on to give his full support to West nominating him to be Treasurer of the Minimalist Society of Southwestern Greenland. West has reportedly turned down the honor as he claims he is too busy in his new role as Arch Liaison of the Society of Biblical Literature to the Blogging Community.
Jim West is no stranger to controversy having organized the agreement between the SBL and the blogging community which tragically resulted in one biblioblogger taking up residence in an asylum. He also assumed the role of president at the organization responsible for assigning ranks to bibliobloggers sparking allegations of favoritism and behind the scenes dealing.
Legal documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act outline Dr. West’s argument for copyrighting the term. Mr. West argues that even though he did not coin the phrase “totally depraved,” he asserts his right to copyright its use in relation to biblioblogging on the basis that it has become in a sense his brand. One experienced judge when asked his thoughts on the case responded, “What is biblioblogging?” Only time will tell if Jim West’s request will be granted, but it is undeniable that Jim West has left on indelible mark on the biblioblogging community.