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Thu, 29 Jun 2006 17:59:16 -0500
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>- I would like to know if I can use your image in my PhD thesis. I have a
>real problem with this one... as a graduate student I paid for any
>material that I used from outside museums, etc. They get grants.... sorry
>I would charge a fee. This is a published work and goes into University

They get grants?   Maybe in some subjects.   Not in ecology/evolution.   We
could barely afford to eat.   Nobody could pay for images.  We made our own.
  Legally, a thesis may be "published" if it's in the library archives, but
when cited, it is referred to as an "unpublished thesis".

There are a lot of "educational" requests along this line in the list.   I
might decide which ones seemed like worthwhile projects, and tell those
people to sign a one-time-usage contract and send a nominal fee.  You
wouldn't make any money from this, so the main purpose would be to further
their project and/or educate them about image use.   You would have to
decide whether that's worth doing or not.   I have gotten permission to use
many images in my bee book for free, as they came from other scientists who
understood that my book was not going to make anyone any money, and
who  considered it a worthwhile project.   However, they were not making a
living from graphic arts, so these images were not financially important to
them.   Whether a graphic artist wants to participate in this kind of
non--profit educational sharing is up to them.