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Re: Copy[RIGHT] and ethics: redrawing

 I've been waiting for Bob Walters & Tess Kissinger to weigh in on this.  She 
wrote a book (available online, for free) about fees for art and copyright 
issues.  It's been awhile since I read it, and I can't remember this particular 
issue's resolution.  

Bob has produced many murals, paintings, and graphics for museums, as well as 
drawings for paleo papers.  I believe that Tess has done skeletal drawings as 

Bob also successfully sued over unlicensed use of his artwork, dating back 
almost 20 years ago.

Outside of a lawyer**, Bob & Tess could probably give you the best answer.

So, Bob, Tess, what's your opinion of this issue?  (Also, how have you guys 
been?  I always get info about you a month or two late).


Allan Edels

** = I was reminded of a Woody Allen quote - "Outside of a dog, a book is man's 
best friend.  Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."

-----Original Message-----
Date: Monday, May 18, 2009 2:40:26 pm
To: dinosaur@usc.edu
From: quailspg@frii.com
Subject: Re: Copy[RIGHT] and ethics: redrawing

Stephen V. Cole wrote:

> If the original artist fancifully painted his dino
> with a full set of tiger stripes, doing so on your
> dino (instead of using your own color scheme) might
> get you in trouble.

I've deleted the earlier posts so I can't double check, but I think the
original question dealt with skeletal drawings, which seem to be in their
own special category regarding copyright and fair use. Doing a skeletal
from scratch must represent a fair amount of work and knowledge. There
aren't many out there so it's tempting to crib from them... and for
non-scientist illustrators working on a commercial project, there may seem
to be no other solution.

> I would think that ethics should trump the law.
> Ask nicely if you can possibly find a way to do
> that.

I'm so glad you've brought this up. I know I've been an offender in the
past, and would love to see the ground rules clarified because, to date,
the situation has been fuzzy.

So far, Scott Hartman has offered a professional opinion 

a large portfolio of skeletals). I await word from Greg Paul.

-- Donna Braginetz