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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 8 Mar 2010 15:18:57 -0500
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Your images will not come through on the list, you will have to link them from somewhere else.  The 
definition of original art should be: not plagiarized or violating someone's copyrights. It would be 
hard to say if this has happened without seeing the images. Even then it would be hard to say what a 
court would decide. If MOFGA is satisfied this has not happened, then I hope they have a clear 
definition of what "Original Art" is in the submissions forms, and places the full responsibility on 
the artist to be responsible for any actions resulting from copyright infringement. If they get 
dragged into a lawsuit, they could be faced with trashing all their t-shirts as an alternative to 
being sued.

Maybe an email to the book artist would move things in the direction you want?  Are you sure the 
book artist is not the same artist as won the contest?


On 3/8/10 2:48 PM, Amy Gagnon wrote:
> Hi Everyone!
> I have a question I hope someone can answer here.  I remember at the
> conference, I heard all kinds of stories about how tricky copyright
> issues are and what constitutes original art.
> I've attached two pictures, one is a page from the book "On the Farm" by
> a /New York Times/ best selling author.  The second is the recently
> selected artwork for MOFGA (the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners
> Association) this year, to be sold on T-Shirts, tote bags etc.
> One of the requirements of this contest was that, "Submissions must be
> of professional quality, and must be original artwork". Apparently this
> was brought to the attention of someone at MOFGA and he or she didn't
> have a problem with it, nor did anyone on the rest of the board.  Does
> anyone see the similarities in these images?
> This is more than a little frustrating for myself and the many other
> artists submitting work.

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