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Re: [dinosaur] Regarding Art Theft

Artwork is not science, and unauthorized use of copyrighted original artwork 
has zero to do with the open science movement. Artists have every right to 
charge for their work or at least have the courtesy of being contacted before 
it is to be used to illustrate a paper in the scientific literature. To suggest 
that an artist should either open source their work or pull it from the 
internet, the implication being that if it's on the internet is should be free, 
is victim blaming and incredibly insulting. If these researchers wanted a life 
restoration for their paper they should have found an open source image, drawn 
it themselves, or paid for it.

--Matt Martyniuk

> On 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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