All photographs are used by permission of the listed creator. Only that copyright owner – and not the creators or operators of this site – have the power to grant anyone permission to use these photos in any other context. The most we can do is forward requests.
- If you can’t tell who took the photo, assume that both Scott Pavelle and the Western Pennsylvania Mushroom Club hold the copyright, and that we are firmly opposed to any other uses. (The odds are good that the the copyright is actually held by a third party, in which case we will attempt to put you in contact with that person as soon as we correct the failure to identify him or her as clearly as we should have).
- Many of the photos on this site also appear on Mushroom Observer. Photos of this sort may be pre-licensed from your point of view if you get them from M.O., but not if you download them here. We don’t care if you’re sure you saw it on M.O. but find it more convenient to use what you see on the Bolete Filter. You can’t. Go back to Mushroom Observer and find it again. For purposes of this site you are required to assume that your memory is wrong, and that the rights to all photos on the Bolete Filter are fully restricted as described on this page.
- Nota Bene: Photos are artwork; artists tend to guard their rights with jealousy and venom; and the owners of this site will want to help them. No one has been paid anything for the the photos on this site. They have all been licensed to us gratis to help the project along, and we are appropriately grateful to each and every one of our contributors for that kindness. So don’t be surprised if the owners of this site go out of our collective way to help any of our patrons who comes to believe that you stole his or her work. You have been warned.
All text was created by Scott Pavelle, Esq. and is copyrighted by him. All rights are reserved. You’ll find I’m very reasonable as long as you ask me first, but often a bit vindictive if you don’t. Unlike the men and women who wrote my source material, I am not an bolete expert in my own right and therefore have real concerns about loose or misleading turns of phrase that could cause confusion. If you simply lift something without telling me, there’s a decent chance it might be a bit of language I would have wanted to fix if you’d brought it to my attention beforehand.
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A personal note on plagiarism, professional courtesy, and other ethical guidelines. Your author is an attorney in his real life and well aware that information per se is not subject to copyright. Other than the photos, much of what you see in this site might require real thought to divide it into that which is legally protected and that which is simply data. For this reason it’s worth a moment to emphasize my personal conviction that the Copyright Law is only a baseline for how people are supposed to behave and not a description of the line between right and wrong.
Anyone who uses or builds on another person’s work must follow the law, but they should also live up to the more stringent (and in my opinion more important) ethical and professional guidelines. These range from the academic rules on plagiarism, to the social obligations of simple courtesy, and the inherent good of telling someone that you liked their work. I therefore urge you to always contact the author of your source material even if that person’s prior consent isn’t required by law. It’s simply the right thing to do.