One of my first posts was a review of a compilation of the complete works of Gary Larson’s The Far Side. It is perhaps the most viewed post of my web site. Two days ago I received an email message from Mr. Larson’s company or agent who apparently surfs the web looking for unauthorized uses of Mr. Larson’s works. I admit to having used a few cartoons as part of my review, but I do believe that their use was reasonable and part of my review though I have to admit to getting carried away. Perhaps I was enjoying his work too much. I was somewhat offended by the implication that I somehow was illegally using Larson’s work and true to my form substituted this image for the cartoons:
This is an excerpt from a letter from Mr. Larson that was included with the official notice:
“What impact this unauthorized use has had (and is having) in tangible terms is, naturally, of great concern to my publishers and therefore to me — but it’s not the focus of this letter. My effort here is to try and speak to the intangible impact, the emotional cost to me, personally, of seeing my work collected, digitized, and offered up in cyberspace beyond my control…I only ask that this respect be returned, and the way for anyone to do that is to please, please refrain from putting The Far Side out on the Internet. These cartoons are my “children,” of sorts, and like a parent, I’m concerned about where they go at night without telling me.”
Here is an open letter to Mr. Larson…
Dear Mr. Larson;
Just admit that it’s all about the money and there is nothing wrong with that. You own the cartoons, but to somehow equate the cartoons to your children is silly and disingenuous. I somehow suspect that should I be in the position to pay you a sum of money you would somehow find your way to allowing me to use your “children” on the Internet. Again that is what capitalism is and I am all for it. Just admit it.