Legends Settles Copyright Issue With
February 16, 1999
Legends Magazine, after accidentally printing an image
belonging to artist Steve Stone under the belief it was public domain material,
has settled the dispute with Mr. Stone hours after the discovery. The
accidental breach of copyright occurred on the cover of Legends No. 83 released
in January, 1999. The image is officially known as "Chrome Sea" and is the
creation and property of Steve Stone. The two have agreed on an undisclosed sum
that would allow Legends No. 83 to continue with its distribution and not
involve lawyers or legal procedures.
"I'm very sorry this happened," stated Marcus Pan, editor of
Legends Magazine. "The image was sent to me by someone who claimed it was
public domain. I don't have any records of who that was, but I believed them
enough to use it. I can't apologize enough to Mr. Stone for what happened and
am glad that the matter was taken care of as quickly as it was. I'm happy with
Mr. Stone deserves payment when his work is used as any artist
would." Mr. Pan also stated that he's quite embarrassed about the whole affair
and will take steps to make sure this never happens again, including the disuse
of any public domain images whatsoever.
The contract agreed upon allows Marcus Pan a single use of
the artwork, allowing Legends No. 83 to continue its distribution unhindered.
The Legends Online redesign will continue as scheduled and the release of
Legends No. 84 should follow shortly thereafter in March of 1999.
About Legends Magazine
Legends Magazine has been
published since 1990 and is one of the longest-running fanzines in the country.
It has grown steadily in popularity in the SCA, RenFair, Penzic, RPG and Gothic
societies and subcultures. Legends Online debuted on the World Wide Web in late
Marcus Pan - firstname.lastname@example.org
Legends Online - http://www.zenweb.com/pan/legends
Steven Stone -