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I hate to sling mud, but stuff like this just plain rubs me the wrong way. When I first heard about the release of Francesco Legrenzi's V-Ray book a few years ago I was eager to see the book, but I had been told by others that a lot of the imagery in the book was being used without any permission. Something I firmly do not agree with.
Most had been ripped off from the internet. Today I was passed more information further corroborating the earlier information I received. This time even more damning. It seems that vast portions of this book have been flat our plagiarized from student papers at Smith College in the US. One of the professors has already confirmed the content belongs to one of his past students. In the attached JPG you'll see some of the original text from that website on the white background and photos of the book on the gray background.
Keep in mind this book was originally written in Italian and then translated back to English, thus some differences, but it's abundantly evident it was plagiarized.
The sentence structures and analogies are virtually identical in many places. I can only wonder how much more of this book was stolen from others.
I post this as I don't believe that this type of professional ethics, or rather lack thereof, should be rewarded read: don't support this behavior by people in our industry so I wanted to bring this to light. If statements are true that man should apologize and send earned money to that student if whole book was rip off.
Otherwise percentage share! And BAN! I can't stand people who don't have an original bone in their body. This person should be brought up on criminal charges.
I bet he didn't even give credit to any sources. Thanks for showing us this. All rights reserved. No part of this book can be reproduced, memorized in file systems or transmitted in any form or or by any means; electronic,mechanical, photocopied, recorded or other, without the previous written authorization of the author. The author of this volume has carried out the preparation of the book. Very disappointing, but much appreciated, news. I had purchased the PDF from him, which I thought was pretty rotten quality because it looks like a bad scan, but now it looks like a really bad scam.
With this news I am very inclined to drop the PDF in the recycle bin. That's pretty amazing, he didn't even bother to change the order of the sentences. Everyone should torrent his book! I just wrote on the italian forum your thread about the vray guide by Francesco Legrenzi. Most of the people on it think that you and me should have written a pm or an email to the author explaining the situation and not open a public discussion because it's a sort of gossip thing.
I do not agree with that and I hope that this situation will be claryfied as soon as possible especially because the 3d italian community deserve respect for all the artists that every day make nice images into a difficult market as we actually have. Hi guys, just wanted to add my 5 cents. My name is Sergey Vasilev and I thought I should mention that my work is being used without my permission. The very first image in the book interior image on page 8 is mine. The very least he could have done was give me credit.
Original image attached. Yeah I read that thread before they closed it. Looks like a bunch of his fanboys posting in there. They can think what they like, but the fact remains someone within our own industry thinks it's OK to steal other people's work and use it to make money without even giving credit.
As Sergey just posted they even used his work without credit. I think that's appalling. Anyone who thinks they can get away with garbage like this should not have the privilege of having it dealt with behind closed doors so it can be swept under the rug.
After reading that thread and seeing some of those people bring my own ethics into question, I'm now even more compelled to ensure EVERY original copyright owner of content in that book is contacted and notified.
I have no vested interest in doing so, despite what some in that thread have said, other than just being personally disgusted by what has been revealed thus far. So far there are now two confirmed cases of usage of materials without permission.
I tried to have a civil discussion about the situation but for someone it looks like there's something personal on that and some dodgy economical interests behind the thread.
I know that you haven't any interests to do this but just your ethical beliefs, all of us know your reputation and I think that this such of behavior must be stigmatized. About Sergey, I feel so bad for you mate and what I can express is just my solidarity as an artist because as italian I feel really upset. I believe that the Internet is to use, works like a large library available to everyone. It is important to cite the source. Unbelievable stuff. I remember when Jeff wrote his Color Management chapter for one of our books a few years ago, he had 5 or 6 images that he was trying to get permission to use.
Did you try looking here? Reputation is everything in business. It would be a great book just from the renderings he made. These other issues just ruin it for me. Actually that's not how copyright law works in North America and Europe. You can't just use work in a commercial publication because you cited the owner. You must obtain explicit permission to use others works. Unlike cited references for an academic paper, which is more in line with what you are saying, the same does not apply when you are making money from the work unless that work has in its body a note to the contrary.
As an aside I know of a number of companies in this industry who have been sued for using images in their renderings as entourage artwork without permission. They were sued for ten of thousands of dollars. The same could be done in this case if someone decides they want to try to recoup the losses they feel they have incurred due to the copyright breach. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!
Already have an account? Sign in here. See the Benefits. General Discussions Search In. Recommended Posts. Posted February 24, edited. Edited February 24, by Jeff Mottle. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted February 24, Please remove the thread if it's illegal for me to quote this too. Thank you for keeping us informed Jeff.
Posted February 25, I think We should wait also some explanation from the other side I'd welcome that but I doubt he'd even try. Posted February 26, Jeff, I just wrote on the italian forum your thread about the vray guide by Francesco Legrenzi. Posted February 28, edited.
Edited February 28, by caesar. Posted February 28, Jeff, yes they closed the thread because the news was pretty much uncomfortable for all the community. Create an account or sign in to comment You need to be a member in order to leave a comment Create an account Sign up for a new account in our community. Register a new account. Sign in Already have an account? Sign In Now. Go To Topic Listing. Sign In Sign Up.
I hate to sling mud, but stuff like this just plain rubs me the wrong way. When I first heard about the release of Francesco Legrenzi's V-Ray book a few years ago I was eager to see the book, but I had been told by others that a lot of the imagery in the book was being used without any permission. Something I firmly do not agree with. Most had been ripped off from the internet. Today I was passed more information further corroborating the earlier information I received. This time even more damning. It seems that vast portions of this book have been flat our plagiarized from student papers at Smith College in the US.
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