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Regarding Permissions


This blog, like every other blog, is considered a publication, just the same as a book, magazine, journal, or newspaper. Unless stated otherwise, anything that I post on this blog, be it text or pictures, is considered to be my personal property. If I want to include pictures or quotations from other sources in my writings, I need to gain permission from the original author, publisher, or artist BEFORE I do so. This is not only an act of courtesy, but IT IS ALSO THE LAW. Using someone else’s material without citing it as belonging to the original author/publisher/artist AND getting permission from the original author/publisher/artist is considered an act of plagiarism and theft, and there may be legal consequences.

If you wish to use someone else’s stuff in any publication, you must do two things:
1) Get permission to do it from the original author/publisher/artist.
2) State where you got the material from. Always include the name of the artist or author, and state the name of the source, be it a book or a website.

Doing just one without the other doesn’t count.

As you can see, I take this sort of thing very seriously, so don’t do anything stupid. If you wish to include someone else’s writings or pictures in your publication, get permission and cite your sources. Forgive me if I sound a bit stern, but I want to be very clear about this before I progress any further with this blog so that people know where I stand and what they need to do if they want to use my material.

That being said, I hope that you find my posts entertaining and informative. I look forward to any academic or artistic feedback regarding my work. Take care.


  1. Austin Major says:


    Speaking of permissions, may I have your permission to use your drawing of a Triceratops here? https://dinosaursandbarbarians.wordpress.com/2013/12/27/triceratops/
    I was looking for a most accurate, yet simple, illustration of Triceratops for my article (especially in regarding it’s keratin-ized face) and I find your illustration to be the best one for my article.

    I wish to use it in one of my blog articles, here is the address to the said article: http://austinsanimalarchives.blogspot.com/2017/12/possible-welfare-concerns-for-9-popular.html

    I hope you would consider it.

    Austin Major

    • jrabdale says:

      Dear Austin,

      Thank you for contacting me about using my artwork within your article. I have no problem with this as long as my name is shown and you state where the image comes from. I took a look at your article on dinosaur health and care in a modern-day zoo, and it’s great. I used to work in a zoo, and I found this article very much in-line with the things that I saw and experienced on a day-to-day basis.

      I also saw that you include Tyrannosaurus and pachycephalosaurs in this article, but there were no drawings accompanying their sections. I have drawings of them, as well. If you want to use these for your article, you’re welcome to do so. If you do decide to use them, remember to state that they’re my drawings and write where you got them from. Here are the URL links:





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