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Russet Noon Cover Art Controversy Resolved
Despite allegations that author Lady Sybilla used the talisman image by Stephanie Lostimolo for the cover art of Russet Noon without permission, AVParanormal has just announced that Ms. Lostimolo has granted official authorization for its use.
Numerous allegations of "theft" and "copyright infringement"
On May 11, 2009, Lady Sybilla responded to these accusations with the following statement: "I have every intention of giving credit to the copyright owner of the talisman. I made a reasonable attempt to track down the artist by writing an email to Michael Delahunt, the webmaster of Artlex.com, but I never got a reply to my email. On his website, Delahunt refers to this image as a "talisman of unidentified origin and meaning," so obviously he doesn't know who the copyright owner is."
On June 1, 2009, a fandomwanker made the following claim on Journalfen.net:
Upon learning about this post, Lady Sybilla immediately contacted Stephanie Lostimolo by email, requesting permission to use the image as the official cover art for Russet Noon.
On June 19, 2009, Ms. Lostimolo replied to Sybilla's request. Her email is as follows:
From: Stephanie Lostimolo
All I require is a credit line in the book. "Cover Artwork by Stephanie Lostimolo. www.lostimolo.com"
That should be fine. Thank you for choosing my image for your book cover. :)
End of email
Please support Stephanie Lostimolo's art by visiting her website as listed above.
Russet Noon is a tribute sequel to the last installment in the Twilight Saga book series by bestselling author Stephenie Meyer. Lady Sybilla has also written a letter to Stephenie Meyer's publisher Little, Brown, requesting permission to publish Russet Noon officially, but, so far, there has been no response.
According to laymen interpretations of copyright laws posted on various forums around the web, Lady Sybilla and her independent publishing company, AV Paranormal, should be sued for copyright infringement. However, no legal action has been taken against the novel as of yet. Furthermore, there has been no attempt whatsoever on the part of Stephenie Meyer or her publisher, Little, Brown, to stop the publication of Russet Noon.
As of today, all attempts to ban the publication of Russet Noon have failed. It appears that the much defamed fan-fiction piece is destined to go down in history as "the little novel that could."
For daily updates on Russet Noon, visit Lady Sybilla's Twitter at www.twitter.com/
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