General Info About My Site
Intro & History Disclaimer & Copyrights
This site contains information I have collected pertaining to the
Dragonriders of Pern® book series by Anne McCaffrey, as well as
pointers to the Pern web sites I have found to contain useful or unique
information. I have deliberately not included links to specific MUSH, MOO, and
MUD pages, or sites about someone's MU* personas. There are a ton of these out
there, and I couldn't keep up with them if I wanted to. If you're interested in
finding these sites, or information about them, try the
Pern Web Ring, the links on
my Pern Fandom page, on the
fandom links on
This site first went live on
October 12, 1998. Since then it has been through three major
reincarnations in its design. On February 14th, 1999, the first redesign
was published. It involved settling on just one background for every page
of the site, which was a pale pink marble. In the second redesign, which
went live on August 3rd, 1999, the site went to a look of hide, an appropriate
background for an archivist. This may also have been when the site went to
a framed style, but I don't quite remember! In the third and current
redesign, the site now has the clean-cut look of Bendarek's woodpulp sheets, but
tinted like hide for nostalgia. Also, frames have been discarded in favor
of a table layout. This latest incarnation went live on November 21st,
I have not intentionally violated any copyrights. While the utmost in care
has been made to avoid including any copyrighted text or graphics outside of the
fair use doctrine or without permission, I still may have goofed somewhere.
If I have inadvertently
broken copyright by reproducing any text or graphics, please email me [address
at bottom] and I will remove it ASAP.
I've had my site reviewed by Ms.
McCaffrey's lawyer, Mr. Jay Katz, at my own request. As a result of this, I
have removed some material from my site, and am making sure all proper copyright
and trademark notices appear where they should. This does not imply that the
material currently on my site has been fully approved; further objections can be
made at any time.
I'm becoming more and more familiar
with the copyright laws, having had exchanged several emails with Mr. Jay Katz,
and from doing some of my own research on the web. I plan to eventually write a
page discussing Pern copyright issues and the web. Until I do, I am happy to
give advice to others in email. Specific questions are easier to answer than
the general "I'm curious about copyright stuff" question. Keep in mind, of
course, that I am not a lawyer and have no legal training. While I wouldn't
pass on any advice if I didn't believe it to be correct, my interpretation of
the relevant laws offers you no legal assurances. If you are truly concerned
about keeping your website legal, you should consult your own lawyer. Mr. Katz
is Anne's lawyer (not yours!), and will not give general advice--only tell you
of specific violations and ask you to correct them. Knowing this, if you would
still like to contact him, you can find his email address on his page at the
website of the legal firm he works
Many authors generally allow excerpts
of 300 words or less of their work to be reprinted without license or royalty
fees, as long as the appropriate copyright notice is included with the excerpt.
Anne McCaffrey is one such author.
Michael Whelan's website asserts that
scans of book covers are legal; the underlying artwork (i.e. without the
author's name and title splashed across it) is covered by copyright and may not
be reprinted without permission. While I have not had specific legal
confirmation of this fact (that scanned covers are fine), it makes sense to me,
as reproducing the cover serves mainly to promote the book. It's hard to see
why publishers would object to that! It also wouldn't make sense for it to be
legal for bookstores like amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com to be allowed to
print covers, and not the rest of us...
Most dragon graphics I've used originally came from
Jen's free Dragon Art,
or from Avinz's collection which no longer seems to be available. I've modified
these graphics to fit with my own theme. My scribe's badge comes from the
Pern Art collection of Lisa Lai.
The few cover images I have were scanned by me, but I may eventually include
some cover scans donated by others.
My site has been improved in small ways by a number of emails
from various visitors, for which I am grateful. Major contributions to the content or
accuracy of my site haven come from the following individuals:
who works with me in taking notes for my Pern Primer and his own Pern
Encyclopedia (looong term projects for both of us) and helps catch errors in the
Cast of Pern.
Anneli Conroy, who checks the Cast of Pern with a fine-tooth
comb, and provides valuable information on the differences between the DelRey
(US) and Corgi or Bantam (UK) versions of Anne's book.
who provides general tips on a variety of topics, especially on the DLG errata,
and problems with my html coding.
All three have provided stimulating intellectual discussions of various aspects
of Pern, in both private email and on the
alt.fan.pern newsgroup. My site would be much poorer without
the input of these wonderful individuals, and I thank them from the bottom of my
last modified: 9/3/2004