I have tracked down the art - it appeared in the San Diego Union-Tribune
yesterday, Sunday, Nov. 14, attributed to UC Berkeley. Your name was not
mentioned (actually, the way the article was written, it sounded as if the
picture was a photograph of the planet!) A thousand shames on them!
The San Diego Union-Trib's website is
(They do not have your art on the site). The website has various ways to
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> Hi All,
> The news is getting out about the first confirmed planetary transit:
> HD209458. Geoff Marcy and his group detected the wobble of the new
> and collaborator Greg Henry observed the transit, the first time that an
> extrasolar planet has been observed by two different means.
> I have done a painting of this transit and it is now making its way out
> the world. It's at:
> (First illustration, at the top of the page, titled "Transit of
> Unfortunately, a bunch of people are lifting the image without asking me
> permission, and this is where you can help. If you see the artwork
> in print or on the web, would you please let me know?
> Authorized uses include:
> 1) Posting on Geoff's web site
> 2) Posting on Astronomy Picture of the Day (should be tomorrow, 11/15
> 3) San Francisco Chronicle on 11/14
> 4) Channel One in Los Angeles, on a news segment for students
> 5) ABC World News Tonight (Was supposed to have been tonight, but the
> was a shortened version this evening. Perhaps it will be on tomorrow.)
> There's a chance that Astronomy Now and Astronomy (US) will post it on
> web sites.
> I have learned of three unauthorized uses to date:
> 1) The Oakland Tribune, 11/14
> 2) A web site in Australia that made a bunch of factual errors and
> a photograph of the planet, sans credit - the image is now off
> 3) Associated Press - I know it's been distributed as an AP photo in
> Australia. I don't know where else.
> Tomorrow I'll have to track down the Tribune and AP. I suspect they
> the image right off Geoff's web site and didn't bother to contact me.
> Perhaps they're going to try claiming fair use as a "news" story, even
> though my copyright notation and e-mail address are right there. Geoff
> added a sentence saying that no license has been given for this image
> that I must be contacted for permission. And I know that Geoff has been
> telling people they MUST get in touch with me before using it - and he's
> been giving out my phone number and e-mail address. (BTW: AP distributed
> Upsilon Andromedae System art last spring without permission, also. They
> were very unfriendly when I contacted them, too.)
> If any of you see this image anywhere that I haven't mentioned, I'd
> appreciate your letting me know so I can look into it if it's an
> unauthorized use. Thanks a bunch!