I am writing a series of articles for a free-to-use blog I'm creating. I'll be converting a few of my favorite Pathfinder monsters to another game system - primarily the Primal Dragons from Bestiary 2.
I know I can use the Brine Dragon, as it appears in the paizo blog. My main question is; how do I know what I can use if it isn't in the Paizo blog?
All of the Primal Dragons are on Andrew Hou's Deviantart, for example. Besides which, I have all of the art for the creatures I want to convert from having ripped them from a PDF. I'm probably not able to use anything I've ripped that I can't find somewhere else, I'm sure, but what about the Primal Dragon example? Or another piece of art that I can find on, say, the artist's site but not the paizo blog?
Thanks for the help.
|Liz Courts Contributor|
You're correct that you can't use art from the PDFs, but if you've found the images through the artist's website, then you should be fine, with a couple caveats. Just be a good netizen and link back to the artist's gallery, and for good measure, use the Community Use clause on your website (found here under the "Usage Requirements" section).
…but if you've found the images through the artist's website, then you should be fine, with a couple caveats. Just be a good netizen and link back to the artist's gallery, and for good measure, use the Community Use clause on your website (found here under the "Usage Requirements" section).
I've got to say, I'm a little surprised by this answer. Are you saying that Paizo, as the copyright holder of say this image would be OK with me taking a copy of it and uploading it to PathfinderWiki.com to illustrate an article? If that's the case, then why are certain images specificly licensed under the CUP? I'm not trying to be adversarial here, I'm just excited that we might be able to spruce up the wiki with a bunch of pretty pictures. On the other hand, I don't want to get my hopes up before we get a concrete ruling on the issue.
|Vic Wertz Chief Technical Officer|
Liz is incorrect—the Community Use Policy does *not* allow use of images that artists put up on their own sites. Artists have special dispensation to use material that they created (but that we own copyright for) for self-promotion under certain circumstances.
For a list of things you can use under the Community Use Policy, look in the "Permissions" section of the Community Use Policy itself. (And don't forget that you need to abide by all of the other terms of the policy.)
|Liz Courts Contributor|
|Mark Moreland Franchise Manager|
Bob_Loblaw wrote:But if paizo owns the rights to the art, wouldn't you have to ask paizo's permission?
You can ask the artist for permission and go from there.
Zen79 is correct. Artists who do work for us do so "for hire", meaning that when they send us the final product, we own it and are the sole entity that can give permission to reproduce it. We give such permission to artists, as Vic mentioned, but that permission is non-transferable. Thus, while an artist can post the art on her website, she can not give you permission to do the same unless we grant her the specific ability to do so.