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Re: stolen and abused artwork

After my explanation Brett Booth and Todd Marshall and I agreed that I will
add an 'inspired by'  at the pictures.
J. Arts

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Skrepnick" <palaeopaint@cadvision.com>
To: "Dinosaur List" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Cc: <JLG.Arts@wxs.nl>
Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2001 7:13 PM
Subject: stolen and abused artwork

> In response to your query regarding your "art", looking at existing
> of dinosaurs by paleo artists is an excellent way to help get familiar
> dinosaur anatomy.  HOWEVER, whether or not you actually sat down and
> physically "traced" an existing image or simply looked at it as an
> if the result is recognizable to the original artist and / or others in
> community as being a modified version of their work, your version (if not
> outright infringement of copyright), is still nothing less than bad form
> your part. I briefly skimmed through your site yesterday and saw many
> "reworked" but very "recognizable" images by established paleo artists.
> addition, in not approaching the artists of the original works for
> permission to use their artwork on your site and instead opting to make
> own interpretation of their work,(which is most often done by individuals
> lacking either the artistic skill or anatomical knowledge in creating
> own original art), not only will the result in most cases be less than
> satisfactory, more importantly it will only serve to insult the artist
> responsible for the original work ( you obviously are attempting to
> circumvent copyright issues and payment to the artists that took the time
> research and execute the original work).  In the end, rather than create
> some sort of "homage" to paleo artists who often have spent years
> their artistic skills, understanding of dinosaur anatomy, and
> with professionals within the field of vertebrate paleontology, you will
> only foster resentment from the artists and alienate yourself from the
> paleontological community in general.
> What can you do at this point?  I would suggest you remove any and all
> images from your sight that bear a striking similarity to existing
> art references you have used.  Contact the artists involved ( perhaps with
> word of apology for your oversight) to see if you can arrange to use their
> works on your website.  Lastly, if you would rather use your own artwork,
> that is perfectly acceptable as long as the work is in fact your own.  You
> can gain knowledge and insight from looking at the broad range of paleo
> out there.  Use that information in concert with some research in
> dinosaurian anatomy to develop your own unique artwork which will serve to
> attract people to your site and encourage you to go forward.
> sincerely,
> Mike Skrepnick (paleo artist)