[DWJ] Ansible this week--t-shirts.

Gili Bar-Hillel gbhillel at netvision.net.il
Tue Jul 6 01:48:53 EDT 2010

Farah - cheer up, dear. Your intentions were pure and the t-shirt discussion
was good fun, despite what may have appeared to be a disagreement but was
really quite a civilised discussion about the complex topic of copyright.
You are a member of this list who contributes much more than average,
presenting the discussion as List/vs.Farah is an unfortunate fallacy.The
bottom line is that none of us wish to cause offense or harm to DWJ by
abusing her copyright, but all of us love her books and wish to celebrate
that. I hereby offer my support to Farah for serving as watchdog, as well as
my unreserved enthusiasm for the concept of t-shirts bearing DWJ-quotes,
with the author's kind permission.


Who is currently editing the Hebrew translation of THE HOMEWARD BOUNDERS and
loving the book all over again.

-----Original Message-----
From: dwj-bounces at suberic.net [mailto:dwj-bounces at suberic.net]On Behalf Of
Farah Mendlesohn
Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2010 7:50 AM
To: Diana Wynne Jones discussion
Subject: [DWJ] Ansible this week--t-shirts.

Dear All

Many of you will have seen the following comment in Ansible

*Outraged Letters.* <http://news.ansible.co.uk/a276.html#19> *Diana Wynne
> Jones* loves her fans: 'Meanwhile the DWJ List, having supplied me most
> generously with a vast bouquet of exotic blooms and a fine picture, are
> selecting quotes from my books to put on T shirts. Farah Mendlesohn has
> pronounced this a breach of copyright, but since I have said I don't mind
> the least, I don't think it is. Actually my own favourite quote is a
> sentence from a student thesis I was once sent: "Jones disagrees".
> Understand that this applies to Farah and not the List.'

As I have now had two people (one on LJ) suggest that I am "anti-fan" I have
asked Dave Langford to print the following, and have sent him a record of
the conversation as proof. (I have asked him not to use any names but my own
and that of Roger Burton West who also chimed in to explain copyright).

Some of you will think I am over reacting, but Ansible has thousands of
readers, and I am well enough known in fandom and academia that this could
(and already has) damage my reputation.

The initial conversation began when someone suggested it would be fun to
> choose t-shirt slogans. It was only when someone suggested printing them
> bulk and selling them, that I pointed out that this might be a breach of
> copyright, and I suggested that someone contact Diana for permission. This
> was corroborated by Roger Burton West. Diana sent a message to the list
> granting permission. (Farah Mendlesohn)
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