Sunday, July 09, 2006

I'm Sure They're Very Nice People, But...

Quick post today, just to note the occasional need to nip online piracy of work in the bud. I'm sure Stan Coleman is a great guy and his Alan Moore site is a beaut, but -- well, read on. This is pretty self-explanatory.

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Stan Coleman
311 Redbud Lane
Salem, Indiana 47167

Thanks again for stopping by.

Hello, Stan --

I hope this finds you and yours well!

Exploring your site, and found:

Alan Moore Interview from Comic Book Rebels
This interview originally appeared in the book “Comic Book Rebels: Conversations with the Creators of the New Comics” by Stanley Wiater and Stephen Bissette, published by Primus in 1993. It is a collection of interviews with the top creators of "new" comics -- Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Dave Sim, Frank Miller, Scott McCloud, Moebius, Dave MicKean, Todd McFarlane, and others. I would like to thank Damien Lamshed for transcribing the interview for us all to enjoy.

To Read for yourself...Click Here

I hate to jump on you, but devotion to a particular creator does not excuse copyright theft.

The Alan Moore interview from COMIC BOOK REBELS is NOT free for online transcription/downloads.

Permission was not asked, and thus is not granted.

If you want to contact Stanley Wiater and myself to discuss the interview being excerpted (not run in its entirity), feel free -- but please remove the interview from the site in the meantime.

Please and thank you.

Best, always,

Steve Bissette

OK, back to the post --

Note that the end of the interview on Stan's site is followed by the acknowledgement, "Taken from Comic Book Rebels. Conversations with the Creators of the New Comics. [sic] By Stanley Wiater & Stephen R. Bissette. Underwood Books, 1993,1997."

"Taken from" is the operative phrase here.

I do hope Stan replies, and I'm sure Stanley Wiater and I would be open to excerpts of our interview appearing on Stan's site with permission, but the transcribing and scanning of copyright material online is epidemic, and when one finds such things, sans even an attempt to secure permission, one must act accordingly.

Have a great Sunday...


Blogger Marty said...

Funny you should bring this up, Steve. How do you feel about links to or grabs of photos on your blog?

I was going post the LAST BROADCAST cover art the other day on MY blog, but decided to only link to your site instead.

It seemed a little creepy of me to post the image without your permission.

So lets say I posted it. How would you have reacted?

Anonymous Anonymous said...

handled well.. gotta get to the mailbox.... yesdear

Blogger Tim Lucas said...

While browsing some film discussion sites the other day, I found reference to myself as "pissy" -- because I object when people rob my blog and reprint entire postings on their sites. I resent being called "pissy" because I try to protect what is mine, but I guess it's better than being thought of as a "pussy" -- right?

Keep on fighting the good fight, Stephen!

Anonymous Cthulhu's Favored Spawn said...

Marty, I think the difference is that you were going to distribute promotional art, where four color heroes was distributing the actual content of the book.

Blogger Marky Mark said...

Can I weigh in here?
This is kind of MY answer to Marty or people like Marty, who grab a jpg and use it a discussion etc.
I am NOT speaking for Steve (obviously) who I think may disagree.

I am not that territorial about the use of a jpg. It is lo-res, it is taken out of context, it is basically a neat little image online but it is crap otherwise. So it is not that valuable as finished art or intellectual property, and can't really be re-sold or anything. That is, I suppose it COULD be re-sold, but I don't think there is much of a market for little 4" x 6" 72dpi prints of my comic panels.
I'm not saying grab all you can and create a site with them. I'm just saying I don't see it as an affront if somebody posted one in an article about me, or Runaway Comic, or whatever. So I don't fret about it.

HOWEVER - don't take a whole freaking STORY and post it on your site. I totally agree with Steve on that.

As for pissy and pussy, I can take being called either, but don't call me a pissy pussy!

Blogger Marky Mark said...

OK, now it's gone.
I can't find it on the page you linked to.

So now I have a question:

Are you secretly sad?

Seems like having it there DID promote your book to the Moore fanatics. You'll say they won't buy the book if they can get the chapter free, but I wonder. You know how these freaking comic book people are, they gotta have the REAL THING!

It's a quandary. On the one hand, hell yeah, the jerks shoulda got your permission before posting your interview. On the other hand, it's kinda like you are forced into winning a battle and losing a war.


Blogger SRBissette said...

Secretly sad? Not in the least.

That said, this remains an opportunity -- for both Stans (Wiater and the Moore site Stan) and myself -- and as long as we treat it as such, it's a win-win situation.

See my post, today -- will keep you all posted until this is resolved (most likely with my running the COMPLETE interview on my own site, with a link from Stan's Alan Moore site -- elegant, no?) -- and Marty, I'd THANK YOU for running my art on your blog!

See my post, today (Monday July 10), for details, and thanks for commenting, one and all!

Anonymous Anonymous said...

As the jerk probably most responsible (I offered it to Stan Coleman and transcribed the interview from my own edition) I offer my apology to Stephen Bissette and Stanley Wiater for this action. The intention was an innocent sharing of information I felt others may enjoy. No malicious desires underpinned it, and I have learnt to be more thoughtful of others work in the future.

Damien Lamshed.


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