You do not need to email me before reusing my work. If reusing my work, all I ask is that you credit me with the link back to the webpage where you found the work. I do not require payment for the rights to reuse and reproduce my work. You are my audience, and the work is for you.
Images are posted online in lower resolution than the original artworks. Please email me for full resolution scans. I will always share the original scans with you and suggest donations for this.
All income generated through donations is put right back into creating artwork and maintaining the website. I am not running a business, although I should receive enough income from my work to break even.
My thoughts on copyright:
Copyright law has become stricter, and artists’ representatives are more litigious than ever about pursuing people who “violate” their copyright. It used to be that proceeds from copyright would benefit the creator for the duration of their life, but changes to the law have extended the copyright date for seventy years beyond the creator’s life. Profits no longer go to the living artist who created the work, but instead wealth goes to whoever inherited or purchased the rights. A lot of these people and organizations – no names mentioned because I have received emails from some of them – see only profit and do not much care for educational and non-profit uses of their artists’ works.
The world’s largest collection of art in one place is not at a national gallery or public museum. Instead, a windowless and armored bunker-like space in Switzerland called the Geneva Freeport contains millions of priceless artworks and hundreds of Picasso paintings that are held here in storage. Indefinitely. This art is gathering dust and financial value in bank vaults owned by the global elite. Art and culture have become financial instruments for wealth accumulation, to be bought at auction, locked in towers, and sold later for profit.
I will not pursue anyone for copyright infringement. The larger question is: Even if the law allows you to monetize ideas, should you? I am relying on the integrity of people who view my art to provide credit where credit is due. If you are a non-profit and person of limited financial means, go ahead. If you are a large and wealthy institution, consider paying me to reuse my work, not because you have to but because it is the right thing to do. I hope that, when I reuse others’ works, they will extend the same courtesy to me that I do to them.
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31, the New Testament