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Re: [dinosaur] Regarding Art Theft



Ruben wrote:
That would be a copyright violation, not "art theft".  As far it being
unprofessional or insulting, that would strongly depend on ones political
philosophy.  You should put your work under a creative commons license
or pull it from the internet, IMO.

I would say more about this, but this is not the venue for the
discussion of the merits of the currently insane copyright laws which
have all but ended academic libraries as useful things.

I do like openscience, and the work John Tennant is doing.  You should
catch the wave of the future and look at it.

Ruben

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Technically correct it is a copyright violation rather than art theft.

But otherwise, you are confusing an "ought" (or rather, a particular interpretation of "ought") for an "is".

Whether or not all online material SHOULD be put into creative commons or not is a matter of debate. What is not debatable is that **currently** not all such pieces are. And thus the authors of a manuscript must be careful about use of images they themselves did not create.

However, something that is not mentioned in Asher's initial post but which has come to light: a third party took Asher's image and put it on a different site (Dinopedia), where they labeled it as CC.

Thus, it is entirely possible that Otero et al. were acting in good faith and assumed the CC label was accurate, and the image was available for us.

On Sat, Dec 3, 2016 at 6:54 PM, Ruben Safir <ruben@mrbrklyn.com> wrote:
On Sat, Dec 03, 2016 at 04:24:29PM -0600, Asher Elbein wrote:
> Hey. A quick note to researchers looking for art for posters and press
> releases: Please do not use artwork without asking the artist's permission.
> This study naming the new Antarctic mosasaur Kaikafilu (
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.sciencedirect.com_science_article_pii_S0195667116303123&d=DgIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=Rl0rToPn_uSkztzSHKFwSeihSMc07KS5mlbrMCL_98Q&s=gppM1wwMQ3bG3k0Ew-rj1hXdAzuXkdWsRpyaPmuTdFc&e= ) uses a
> traced version of my Tylosaurus reconstruction (
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__ashere.deviantart.com_art_Tylosaurus-2D332778260&d=DgIBaQ&c=clK7kQUTWtAVEOVIgvi0NU5BOUHhpN0H8p7CSfnc_gI&r=Ry_mO4IFaUmGof_Yl9MyZgecRCKHn5g4z1CYJgFW9SI&m=Rl0rToPn_uSkztzSHKFwSeihSMc07KS5mlbrMCL_98Q&s=TzbLe-ILiUD4yF7BtvWlXIG40XpoDR9nTftbkncBCfw&e= ). No attempt was made
> to contact me, no permission was requested, and frankly, the traced art
> looks pretty terrible in the bargain.
>
> For the love of god, guys. Find the artist and contact them! Most will be
> willing to license the art to you as long as you give due credit or
> negotiate a fee. Please do not trace over art found online and put it in
> your press release. It's super unprofessional and insulting.
>
> Best,
>
> Asher


That would be a copyright violation, not "art theft".  As far it being
unprofessional or insulting, that would strongly depend on ones political
philosophy.  You should put your work under a creative commons license
or pull it from the internet, IMO.

I would say more about this, but this is not the venue for the
discussion of the merits of the currently insane copyright laws which
have all but ended academic libraries as useful things.

I do like openscience, and the work John Tennant is doing.  You should
catch the wave of the future and look at it.

Ruben

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