7 Apr 2010, 4:24pm
by admin

Copyright Rip-Offs Are Uncool

It has come to my attention that a for-profit magazine has printed and published an essay of mine:

* without my knowledge

* without my permission

* without remuneration

* without any editorial control on my part

* without any link to this site

The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Journal ripped off my work without so much as a phone call to me to let me know. Now my essay appears in their journal with their copyright stamped on it.

That is so uncool.

Really sloppy, unprofessional, and probably actionable, should I choose to take legal tort action against that magazine and their publisher.

Really, really uncool.

For whatever they might be worth, my words, essays, photographs, etc. are my property. They are not free for the taking, especially not for somebody else’s financial gain.

If you want to repost in full something you see here, please ask permission. Chances are I will grant it, with the condition that proper attributions and links are included. If it’s just a few lines, you don’t even need to ask — but you should still include a link to this site.

If you want to print something of mine in your for-profit magazine, please do me the courtesy of contacting me before you do and requesting my permission. Understand that in such a case I may expect to be PAID for my art.

If you are the publisher, a subscriber, or an advertiser in Oregon Fish & Wildlife Journal, you owe me.

One appropriate course of action you could take is to make a donation to W.I.S.E. [here]. If you do, I will consider your debt to me to be paid in full.

Thank you for your support!

Mike Dubrasich, Exec Dir W.I.S.E.

8 Apr 2010, 3:21am
by brodie

Sue them. They should know the rules. They would sue you for the same thing. It is really not hard to ask permission.

8 Apr 2010, 1:58pm
by Forrest Grump

Oh, ya mean you’re not grovelingly grateful for the exposure, publicity and other whatnot?
Let us know when they pay up.

8 Apr 2010, 2:28pm
by Mike

My cup of gratitude does not runneth over. I don’t need to tell you, Mr. Grump!!!!

8 Apr 2010, 5:11pm
by YPmule

Geeze - when I rip off stories from here I at least give a link! (And I don’t charge for subscriptions.)

8 Apr 2010, 5:46pm
by Mike


You have been given express permission from me to send out W.I.S.E. posts on numerous occasions. The YP Times is a non-profit email newsletter, not a for-profit print magazine. You ALWAYS give the links and source. You have made (much appreciated) financial contributions to W.I.S.E. and are a member in good standing.

We have no conflict and I hope we never do.


9 Apr 2010, 11:41am
by YPmule

I know Mike, and we really appreciate your hard work and your excellent collection of science papers here at WISE. (I was just being sarcastic.)

9 Apr 2010, 3:09pm
by Larry H.

I actually saw a photo of mine show up at one of our Forest Service training sessions. The photo of a logging helicopter was poached off of a British site to whom I gave permission to use it. I yelled out, “HEY! That’s MY picture!” Feds ignoring the law!?! Who’d a thunk it?!?



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