I’ve received a question on the general contact address from someone who has been working on an ANSI/ASCII print project. Meaning a 50+ page on-demand printed book. So several artists would be featured, both inactive and still active artists.
The author seems to think that it will be a lot of work to contact all the artists as some may no longer be active or even for the recent works there’s not always contact information available publicly. Based on the previews I’ve seen quite some active artists from at least Legacy, Lazarus, Impure and independents would be featured. In a way I feel like he should at least get permissions for reprints from authors that are still active but I understand that it may look a daunting task for someone not active in this scene.
So he reached out to get some sort of approval to reprint artworks displayed on 16c. The book would at least contain a glossary where all concerned artists are being credited.
There is the advantage of some promotion/recognition for this niche scene by the existence of a printed book and the author’s objective is also not make profit out of it but at the same time he doesn’t want to get into a dispute on intellectual property. Alltogether i myself don’t feel like being a spokesman for a whole scene, or at least not without consultation, so here is the question: would it be acceptable for someone to reprint artworks for the sake of art with just giving credit and not asking for explicit permission, what are your thoughts on this? Is it ok to reprint without explicit permission but with proper credit given?