May 26th, 2011

bad wolf

copying taxidermy parts

This is a Van Dyke's wolf nose.

This is the copyright on a Van Dyke's wolf nose. Taxidermy parts are sculpted, and you can bet a lot of time went into this nose. They are intended to bought one for each taxidermy mount, thus paying the sculptor each time for the use of their work.

Re-casting of taxidermy parts to sell for use in fursuits is stealing. It's illegal, it's unethical. Buying a print from an artist does not allow you to then photocopy it and sell the copies, and the case it the same here.

If you make a clay sculpt of a wolf and embed a taxidermy nose into it, each resin copy you sell is theft.

So, please do not do this. I do not want to name names in this post, but I thought this post would be necessary after seeing even a very established maker do this.

I am going to talk to the people who are doing it privately, and if that doesn't resolve the issue then I will make an artist_beware post, and post again here saying I will give names to people who want them.

I want to be 100% sure of things before I name names. Right now this is just a "don't do it" kind of post.

EDIT EDIT - Dear god this has gotten out of hand. I was surprised to see an established maker doing this, thought if people saw that they would think it's ok and more people would make copies, so I felt the need to make a public post. I did NOT want to implicate specific people, and I am annoyed that some people in the post have done that anyways. I contacted the people I thought were doing this privately because I was not 100% sure.

I deleted the comments because of the drama they were creating, sorry mods if that wasn't ok.

Guh by Ghostmeast
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