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to report abuses *to*.

It's Time for Illustrators to Take Back the
Science Communication's Image

Warning: both written by me.

On 11 June 2013 08:46, Pam Little <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> From the article: "When artists come to the realization that their works
> are worthy and important, no matter what the media may be, the art world
> can begin to change. When they donít enforce their rights and simply move
> on to another product line, their apathy to the problem simply allows for
> the perpetuation of the problem and confirms to infringers that most
> artists wonít do anything about theft."
> On 6/10/2013 9:05 PM, James A Perkins wrote:
>> As Britt, Jeff, and others have pointed out, Chuck's assertion that
>> copyright automatically transfers with the original artwork is dead wrong.
>> Here is the relevant passage from Title 17, Chapter 2, Section 202 of U.S.
>> Copyright Law:
>> "ß 202 . Ownership of copyright as distinct from ownership of material
>> object
>> Ownership of a copyright, or of any of the exclusive rights under a
>> copyright, is distinct from ownership of any material object in which the
>> work is embodied. Transfer of ownership of any material object, including
>> the copy or phonorecord in which the work is first fixed, does not of
>> itself convey any rights in the copyrighted work embodied in the object;
>> nor, in the absence of an agreement, does transfer of ownership of a
>> copyright or of any exclusive rights under a copyright convey property
>> rights in any material object."
>> In other words, selling the original artwork does not also transfer the
>> copyright (unless specified in a written contract) and, conversely,
>> selling the copyright does not automatically transfer ownership of the
>> original artwork. The only exception would be a work-made-for-hire
>> agreement, in which the original artwork, all rough sketches and other
>> preliminary work, as well as the full copyright belongs to the client.
>> And agoutistudios said:
>> "welll.  differs from state to state I spose."
>> Nope. Copyright is governed by U.S. Law. It doesn't vary from state to
>> state.
>> Jim
>> On 6/10/13 10:40 PM, "Griswold, Britt (GSFC-279.0)[Maslow Media Group,
>> Inc]" <[log in to unmask]**GOV <[log in to unmask]>>
>> wrote:
>>  Chuck,
>>> Your statement is incorrect. Unless all rights are explicitly sold with
>>> the painting, all the purchaser has purchased is a painting, not it's
>>> reproduction rights. That is the way the copyright law is set up.
>>> Britt
>>> On 2013-06-10, at 1:33 PM, "Benedict, Chuck A -FS"
>>> <[log in to unmask]<mailto:c**[log in to unmask]<[log in to unmask]>>>
>>> wrote:
>>>  You sold the painting. You no longer own the painting. Assuming you
>>>> made no claims to any rights when you sold it, all rights transferred to
>>>> the new owner. The new owner can reproduce the painting any way she/he
>>>> sees fit. You can place no restrictions on the use of the painting by
>>>> the new owner. The new owner can place an image of the painting on any
>>>> website he/she wishes, at any resolution she/he wants. Finally, it is up
>>>> to the new owner to specify how, if at all, the image can be used by
>>>> anyone viewing it on the web. That's just how it is.
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Glendon Mellow
Art in Awe of Science

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