Monday, April 21, 2008

Bad business

This has been making the rounds on the Internet for the last couple of days, but I wanted to do my part to spread the word.

Turns out that a publisher in China has scraped the entire contents of a web site and published it in book form without securing any rights and without paying any royalties. The book, Colorful Illustrations 93˚C, sells for $100 and, apparently, those already selling the book refuse to pull it from the shelves. Darren Di Lieto has the full story on his website.

A lot of artists, including my friend, the talented Josh Ellingson, have been effected. Suing a publisher in China (where copyright law seems like only a vague notion) isn't really practical. Unfortunately, it seems like the best things to do is spread the word about the situation and NOT BUY THE BOOK. And, if you know anyone involved, to kick them in the junk.


Aaron said...

I'm always up for kicking people in the junk for a good cause. I will be on the lookout for book pirates -- would they be called bookaneers? Yuck yuck.

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