I tried to send this message to Fabio direct, but my system is not letting it through. I'll post my reply to Fabio on the list and hope he reads it here. I feel the contents of our emails are both valid for the DML anyway. Hope you don't mind Fabio!
>the magazine with your art in its cover is Parineh, the only Iranian
>magazine dealing with paleontology. You understand that in an country ruled
>by the Islamic Law a magazine about natural history has not an easy life.
>Editors and staff (I think they are no more than 2-3 students) probably do
>not receive a retribution for their work. They are just trying to promote
>paleontology, and dinosaur paleontology in particular, in their country.
>Probably they do not even understand that they should pay for a copyright.
>Probably they are convinced by propaganda that they are the poor Middle
>East guys and the author of the art is a rich American (actually, no one of
>us working in the paleontological field is rich, I think). Surely they do
>not have money to promote science among people and, believe me, the
>condition of people in the Iranian province is actually that of our
>(European) year 1380.
>Thus, it is for a good cause.
>Fabio Dalla Vecchia
>Fabio M. Dalla Vecchia, PhD
>Museo Paleontologico Cittadino
>Via Valentinis 134
I couldn't agree more. Surly my heart goes out to people in such situations
and countries. In a way I am flattered that someone there has chosen (and even
seen!) my artwork. My artwork is meant to be my contribution to paleontology
as a science, so if I can help in any way, I'm very pleased to do so. Of course getting paid for copyrights is important, but I'm not just about receiving payment for use of my art, and I hope I was not interpreted in that way.
I love the science and I hope my artwork, in a
small way, will help spark others interest no matter were in the world it might be.
I'm not a great talker, so I hope that all came out all right!
Thank you for your kind email, Fabio. I look forward to talking again