1) Jareo's husband, Kevin Walzer, holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Cincinnati. Now, while as hard-core detractors may not think this establishes anything, I think it sets up some level of intelligence and awareness about what's going on in publishing and the copyrighting world.
2) Both husband and wife work in the publishing industry. Their company is called WordTech. This has been mentioned before in other discussions in the context of "Look at how stupid she's being, she should know better, she works in the industry!" but I don't think these detractors took a good look at what the company actually does: barely for-profit, indie poetry publications emphasizing the use of technology in production. This sets us up for the next tidbit...
3) Both husband and wife have been linked to open-source projects, which I think suggests leftist leanings and probably not only an awareness of the state of copyright and intellectual property in U.S. law, but a resistence to the direction in which large coorporations have taken these laws. So motive there for rebellion, I think.
This should establish both some intelligence and awareness of the situation of copyright and public domain in the U.S. today as well as possible leftist leanings/sympathies from both. I'd like to suggest that this may not be as clueless a case as it seems. Yes, it looks totally idiotic on the surface, but I wonder if this might not be a PR move for challenging established copyright laws gone terribly wrong... (Wikipedia article on Public Domain).
I am fascinated by the negative reaction the fan community has taken towards her actions. It's interesting that people have all initially assumed the very worst about Ms. Jareo (she's stupid and egocentric) without full access to all the information. The automatic instinct for fan writers and web community members is to turn on the one who's strayed from the fold, running to the defense of the intellectual "proprietor" without even questioning the legitimacy of the copyright law in the first place.
Assuming what I say might be true, the the quote I've seen most frequently cited against Ms. Jareo, could be interpreted another way:
Q: Having set Another Hope in an already existing universe, I find myself wondering if there was any concern on your part regarding copyrights?
Jareo: No, because I wrote this book for myself. This is a self-published story and is not a commercial book. Yes, it is for sale on Amazon, but only my family, friends and acquaintances know it’s there.
Original article cached by Google
Sheer stupidity, or was she trying to get her book on the system in an attempt to try to demonstrate fallacy of current copyright laws? I think there's room to believe that she may have been misquoted (out of context) and misinterpreted, in addition to the Total Stupidity explanation. What were her reasons when she said that she wrote this for herself - just for the sheer satisfaction of the writing, or for the possibility of making a statement? Why did she only alert friends and family? Because she wanted to share her fan writing that badly, or because it was amusing to be able to get this book through and onto Amazon.com or Powell's Books as a solicitation? The world may never know.
Let me be clear and say that I'm not claiming at all that I have all the info. I really, really don't. I'm just interested in what other angles we can look at this story from. Not that my theory about what is going on is necessarily right, either. I don't actually support what Lori Jareo has done. I don't disagree with it. I'm just another web-kid burning with curiousity to see how this story ends.