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alienscp = imagines_au

I discovered last night that for some unknown reason, my "alienscp" Yahoo! ID has been deactivated. I've created a new ID, "imagines_au", and have re-signed up to IMAGinewS under it (thankfully, I promoted Vickie to list moderator not long after we moved in together, or else we'd all be stuffed). Also, if you Yahoo! Messenger users get a contact list request from "imagines_au", yes, it's me.

What's frustrating is that I don't know for sure why the account was deactivated. I have the feeling, though, that it might be to do with the Aliens-Cyberpunk 2020 conversion I used to have as my alienscp site (hence the choice of user-ID).

Tycho over on Penny Arcade recently made mention of the term, "foxed", being the a copyright holder's action to halt production and/or distribution of a video-game mod based on the holder's intellectual property. Not so coincidentally, he makes reference to Aliens mods, and I have the feeling that the deactivation of my alienscp ID may be related. Although I'd moved the conversion from the Yahoo! space to my 10MB web space on Bigpond, the alienscp site still had a forwarding page, including an image taken form the title sequence of the movie. (And let's face it, the conversion was something of an infringement anyway.)

Unfortunately, right now I don't know one way or the other. Fox, Yahoo! or both could have been sending cease-and-desist e-mails to the alienscp ID for the past month; I simply haven't checked the alienscp inbox in at least that long. If they start sending me e-mails at my main address, I think I'll have a pretty good idea whether the scenario outlined above was the case.

Heck, I might play it safe and take the conversion down anyway.

UPDATE 17 December 05: The conversion has now been pulled. I've put a placeholder up in its stead.

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