Whose picture is it anyway?
Just whose picture is it anyway?
Is it mine or does it belong to Benoit Mandelbrot et al?
Of course, I'd like to think all the art that I've created over the years is belongs to me and at least, as the currently accepted copyright issues go, that is the case. In effect, the formula writers who have uploaded their formulae to the public database, and who hold copyrights to those formulae, have granted a free license to me and other fractal artists to use and manipulate their work in such a way as to produce a unique image for which the artist has a right to claim full copyright - over and above the copyrights of the formulae used.
Tina's or Sam's?
To my eye there is no mistaking the talented hand of Samual Monnier in this picture and yet he does not own any rights to it. There is no possible way that I could have sat down with a blank canvas, so to speak, and created this "Pickled Pear". It is essential for me to have the tools that others have created to hand in order to create.
Mine or Damien Jones'?
I don't wish to labour a point (more examples below!) but am interested to know how other feel about this issue - especially the formula writers themselves. Is there any regret about freely dishing out your formulae to all and sundry or does it give you pleasure to see art being created from it?
I can't look at this image without seeing its origins from Andreas Lober
Do other artists share my own anxieties about just whose picture it is anyway, or is it just me?
It couldn't have been created without Mark Townsend & Denis Magar