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Re: Spot the differences or picture plagiarism(?)

Hi Steve. Your first link doesn't work. I guess because you took it down after Luis's email...

Irregardless that Luis Rey Jr. and Luis Rey Sr. are the same person, I've seen it before too. There's an illustration in Dinosaurs of Italy identified as "after a drawing by Gregory S. Paul." I was very disappointed - mostly with the publisher.

It is NOT legal. Copyright law not only protects artists from unauthorized reproductions, but also reserves the right to create derivative works - even if they are in different mediums. Giving the original creator a credit line does not change anything, and just because something is a common practice does not justify the action.

Ideas and facts aren't copyrightable, so it's possible redrawings of skeletal diagrams might stand a fighting chance. What's really sad about situations like this, though, is that it's a direct competition with the original artist. It's Greg Paul's drawings. Greg Paul could have been hired by the author/publisher, but he wasn't. Somebody else was paid instead.

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Steve Walsh wrote:
I have reason to review a lot of dinosaur books. I've often seen illustrations in books of lesser quality that seem to be "inspired" by the work of accomplished artists. In the example I've of put together: http://www.dinosaurcentral.com/pic_comparison/ an illustration by Luis Rey from "A Field Guide to Dinosaurs" seems to have been pretty much duplicated for another much lesser quality book. It has no artist credits but I'm pretty sure Luis had nothing to do this cheapie (in another pic, again very similar to one found in the Field Guide and obviously done by the same artist, Ornitholestes sports a nasal horn). In any regards this kind of thing does seem to happen quite a bit. I'm definitely not a copyright expert and I understand this must be legal but I can't see how this is not a form of plagiarism. Is this not the equivalent of taking a short story or a paper and moving a few sentences about? The newspaper industry certainly have a strict policies about this as this example: http://blog.fotolia.com/us/images/Visual%20Plagiarism_photo.jpg resulted in getting someone fired.

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