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Did Bryce commit copyright infringement? Or was it his publisher's fault?
You Decide!!! Vote Yes / Vote No
 Left: Original Middle: Our Picture  Right: Cooper Square

The offending book: ISBN 0-8154-1125-1 By Cooper Square Press.

Some people believe the 38 page introduction is so anti-Henson it is down right racist.


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Junior college librarian Robert Bryce
(or his publisher) proclaims him a "...widely regarded leading authority..." (regarded by whom?) but I believe he doesn't know what photos are public domain, from Henson's original book, and which ones are digitally re-mastered by Widget Magic. So much for being an authority, eh?

Being, in reality, only a junior college librarian
one would think Bob would know that you can't simply copy photos out of a book and then go sell them; that is illegal.

Taking material without permission from a copyright source, claiming it is your own, then selling it is called copyright infringement. It is a violation of Federal law.
How did this happen? Bradley Robinson created the first restored edition of A Negro Explorer at The North Pole 2000. He put the text in electronic form so that it could be typeset, sent over the Internet, etc. This had never been done before. All other editions had been, and Robert Bryce's 2001 editions still is, mere facsimiles. That means they are photocopies of the pages from another copy - not actually typeset at all. It was anticipated that some person would steal the text Bradley rendered (the PDF is given away on this website) and use it to publish the book. This was fine with Bradley as he wants to see Matt's book in wide distribution. But taking his work without permission and selling it is specifically prohibited .

Look at the example above. Bradley changed the photos that Matt used in his 1912 version (far left) with a special one. Others are merely cropped and the text caption has been re-typeset, but several are completely different.

Bryce or his publisher used, without permission, 7 of our photos in the Cooper Square edition of A Negro Explorer at The North Pole. Each one is a direct copy made from the 2000 edition by Bradley Robinson. That's a fact.

  1. Wed, 12 Mar 2003
    From: ron349 <ron349@earthlink.net>
    To: YOU_DECIDE@matthewhenson.com
    Subject: 1999 Bradley Robinson
    Norton AntiVirus Deleted197.txt [nice going, Ron]
  2. Mon, 24 Mar 2003
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    From: Andrea Storm <astorm@eagle.ca>
    I hope your quest is successful. We cannot allow this to go unpunished.
  3. Thu, 13 Feb 2003
    From: "audrey bishop" <audrey25251@mchsi.com>
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
  4. From: IGotzAJLObooty@aol.com
    Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2003
    Yup, this sure looks like theft to me! You should sew!!
  5. From: sygfeoku@aol.com
    Wed, 5 Feb 2003
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
  6. Tue, 4 Feb 2003
    From: Smays16@aol.com
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    Yes, the picture is an exact replica of the picture on the cover of the book by Widget.
    We have to stand up for what is right.
  7. From: "Kibibi Devero" <jdineen@baldwin.k12.ga.us>
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    Date: Mon, 3 Feb 2003
    Stephanie Wright<Sydekick28@aol.com>
  8. From: "Hernandez, Elyse" <ehernand@ubspw.com>
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2002
    Elyse C. Hernandez
    Divisional Vice President
    1000 Harbor Blvd.
    Weehawken N.J. 07086
  9. From: gman55@gateway.net
    Date: Thu, 21 Mar 2002
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
  10. From: RLNUCO@aol.com
    Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2002
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
  11. Joaquin M. Nieves-Vazquez
    Mayaguez, Puerto Rico 00681
    Phone 787-805-5353
    Yes! That looks like theft to me.
  12. MadmelsKids@cs.com YES THEY BOTH LOOK THE SAME.
  13. MortonDD@nswccd.navy.mil  yes! that looks like theft to me.
  14. Notsuhjc@aol.com YES! That looks like theft to me.
  15. Bluebirds69@cs.com it looks to be the same picture to me
  16. "...those are stolen"
  17. "Looks like theft to me!!!"
  18. "i really do think its a theft!"
  19. "looks the same"
  20. "Completely disgusting!"
  21. From: AVILA724@aol.com
    Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003
    Yes! That looks like theft to me.
  22. From: "DEBRA AGOSTO-THRELFALL" <d.agosto@snet.net>
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    Date: Wed, 2 Oct 2002
  23. From: "Jason" <skull_sa2002@hotmail.com>
    Subject: YES! That looks like theft to me.
    Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2002


Want to see more evidence? Sure you do! Look at this...

A photo may be public domain, but that does not mean YOU own it. If I own the source and scan it to re-master it digitally then it is mine with copyright protection. You are free to buy your own public domain source photo, scan it, digitally enhance it, etc., then it is yours. Get it? But you can't copy mine without my permission. Anything you create - a picture, something you write, is protected from commercial exploitation by others. This is called "common law" copyright. You need to put the symbol to show people you are serious, but it is not necessary. Even a letter you write someone is copyright to you. The Library Of Congress has a tutorial about this subject online.
FULL COPYRIGHT PROTECTION only occurs when you file with the Library of Congress and send them a copy. Then you can sue for damages in excess of $10,000 or something.

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