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I appear to be in a promotional video

Ladies and gentlemen,

It has just (as in, within the past fifteen minutes) been pointed out to me that the amazing picture of me by the photographer Tarilyn Quinn (http://tarilynquinn.com) has been used in Penguin's promotional trailer for the Katie MacAlister novel Steamed:


I am very flattered and entertained (though really, all the credit goes to Tarilyn for making the photo look so bloody good).

As a closing note, though, if Ms. MacAlister or anyone from Penguin happens to be on or watching this community, I understand that Tarilyn was not credited in the video or in its description on the Youtube page. If it would be possible for someone to correct this, I think it would only be right. It would make her very happy.

-G. D. Falksen

EDIT: P.S. The photographer knows about this. To the general public, thank you all for your support. However, please do not contact the publisher for us. Tarilyn has contacted them herself and will take care of the discussion with them on her end.

EDIT: Rather than resolving the issue with the artists so that they can get some benefit from this, the video appears to have been pulled. However, so that you all know what is being talked about, I've changed the link to one which someone else uploaded and which is still online. Whoever uploaded it is providing a clear record of what was stolen.


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Jan. 28th, 2010 04:12 am (UTC)
Holy crap, that was awful! Did they get a high school intern to put that together or something? I was actually kinda thinking this would make a good tub book (cause I don't mind TOO much if I accidentally drop it in :D), but that video has changed my mind!

And the copyright infringement is also bad, but if it WAS done by a high school intern, it makes more sense. I would HOPE that a big publisher like Penguin would be more aware of the possible repercussions of using someone else's artwork in a promotional video.

They've got an awfully big hole to dig themselves out of this time...
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:33 am (UTC)
Oh, the narration. Where'd they get that guy? His stereotypical romantic commentary left me breathless. It's taking everything I've got to not "combust my airship."
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
if that wasnt a parody of something...
i am SO sorry that you and the photographers image was stolen to be put into that amazingly shameful ad. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
woops caps.

dont email the company , she is helping me handle it and we dont want them to get too many angry emails.
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:25 am (UTC)
I love you.

This will work out one way or another.
At lest it means the art is good.
Re: EVELYN IS HELPING ME HANDLE IT - pelianth - Jan. 28th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:45 am (UTC)
no doubt... i'm totally awesome and amazing. ;D
Jan. 28th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Wow. That video editor/motion artist won't be working again for some time. 3 stolen images as far as I can see.

And that Voice Over actor... omg.
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:02 am (UTC)
Did you mean to say that they never sought her permission to use the picture? Does she not own copyright to it?
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:22 am (UTC)
The first any one who had work in it knew of it was a half hour before he posted this
We found out about it from this post.
So no one knew about it and its been up on youtube for a bit till now.

I am going to make this point this is not the authors fault at all
Some one in there marketing dropped the ball and did not contact or ask any one. The authors of books have no control over stuff like that at all.

So still read this book if you would like too.
(no subject) - missysedai - Jan. 28th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2010 10:47 am (UTC)
That's a pretty impressive oversight for Penguin/The Author (who should both be only too aware of copyright and what it means) I can only hope that all who have contributed to this video, whether they know it or not, are suitably credited for their work.

Interestingly it appears Katie has an LJ too.

Jan. 28th, 2010 11:24 am (UTC)
The gun pictured at 0:59 is from


I've dropped him a message... I recognise the watch that follows it too, I'll see if I can track that down.

(no subject) - jaborwhalky - Jan. 28th, 2010 11:26 am (UTC) - Expand
From the steamsmith concerned... - the1piecepuzzle - Jan. 29th, 2010 01:14 am (UTC) - Expand
Jan. 28th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)

I can only say that in your shoes, Sir, I would in future hesitate to ever pose for any photos that might end up online if this is what could become of them. Quelle horreur.
Jan. 28th, 2010 12:35 pm (UTC)
The photo is stunning, but what they did to it is so tacky. Pairing your picture up with the drawing from the cover art makes this trailer look cheap and slapped together, which it probably was. Besides giving the photographer credit, they could have at least found an equally stunning real woman to match you with (or turned you into a cartoon), so that being different art forms wasn't one of the obstacles you had to overcome in this romance.
Jan. 28th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
Hello people!
A reader kindly pointed me to this blog post.

I am pleased that so many folks are enjoying the trailer, although a bit confused regarding the outrage over the images used in the video.

As an author, I am very concerned with copyright infringement (in fact, I have planned for today a blog post concerning book piracy). When the folks at mynextdemo.com produced the Steamed video for me, I was so amazed by the graphics--I know how hard it is to find rights-managed steampunky images--that I double checked with them to insure that the images were all released through proper channels (i.e. via rights-managed places like istockphoto.com and fotolia.com).

I was assured that everything was used quite legally, and thus reassured, passed along the video to my publisher.

Since I doubt that any professional company that makes its business producing sound and video products, as mynextdemo.com does, would willingly violate copyrights, I assume the outrage expressed here is due to a lack of crediting the photographer's name on the video.

I don't believe it's standard for credit to be given to photographers for images whose rights have been purchased for promotional purposes. I'm willing to bet that if you check the artists' agreements with the rights-managed places like istockphoto, they will have somewhere in their information a statement that use without credit is authorized by the submitting photographer/artist. I've been told by photographers who place their products there that is standard.

So although I appreciate the fact that the steampunk community feels like images were used inappropriately, I am reassured that the video's producer paid for the licensed right to use the images, and that the license did not call for a credit line.

If anyone finds out otherwise, I would be very interested in knowing.

Edited at 2010-01-28 12:37 pm (UTC)
Jan. 28th, 2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Re: Hello people!
From reading the thread and other comments in other venues, I'm sorry to say - but the company that made the video - did *not* in fact contact the copyright holders for their permission nor did they obtain a license.

The original poster on this thread in fact is the gentleman shown in the video, and could very directly answer your question if his permission for his likeness was obtained.

To be honest, this isn't unusual in professional environments. That a company acts professional, and is paid for a professional service - says little to nothing about their morals or ethics. There are calculated business decisions behind 'mistakes' like this, mostly having to do with the odds of getting caught vs. the payoff if they are not. That most copyright holders on this level find it complementary as opposed to a violation of personal rights, makes this a not uncommon trend.

I'm sorry to take the shine off the company, I'm sure they've done good work before, and I'm sure that - of course - they would say they had the licenses for the work. But links directly to multiple elements of the video have been provided in this thread and no they are not on istock or an open stock library.
Re: Hello people! - missysedai - Jan. 28th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Jan. 28th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
The video was removed : (
Jan. 28th, 2010 04:51 pm (UTC)
Penguin version taken down, mynextdemo version still up
I looks like the copy of this posted by Penguin has been taken off YouTube. A copy is still on YouTube, posted by mynextdemo.com, which claims to have made this.
Jan. 28th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
its on barnes and nobles website too

gd. please contact me. i left my number on fb.

i want more than credit, but i want to speak to you first ;)
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: its on barnes and nobles website too
I will in a moment sit tight.
Jan. 28th, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
The video is nothing short of laughable. No one in their right or left mind in this community will read this. It looks tacky. Seriously, If your going to try and capitalize on Steampunk, know your shit... otherwise, you'll just end up the laughing stock, much like this Macallister chick.
Jan. 29th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
definitely too much.
How does someone even come to watch a trailer for a BOOK?

It cheapens the experience of reading a virgin adventure, in my opinion.
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