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My cousin made a cartogram depicting world population in microsoft paint.

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It became quite popular and he he was contacted by the author of an earlier world population cartogram.

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The author of the early cartogram insisted that my cousin's work violated his copyright. My cousin acquiesced and listed the earlier author as the copyright holder of the newer map.

It seems wrong to me. My cousin's work seems original. But the lawyer at his university said that it is not. Who is right?

closed as off-topic by Matthew Haugen Feb 24 '15 at 21:37

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  • Too bad. Do you know any good forums for copyright questions? – Ben Haley Feb 24 '15 at 22:07
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    No, I don't know of any sites in the Stack Exchange network that would be able to help with this, off-hand. There's an Area51 proposal in the works for Intellectual Property questions, but that of course won't work right now. Graphic Design comes to mind as a maybe, but you'd have to check with their help center. – Matthew Haugen Feb 25 '15 at 1:46
  • Thanks I did end up posting in Graphic Design. I also followed the area 51 proposal. Should I do anything with this post (delete?) or can I just leave it hear on a wish and a prayer? – Ben Haley Feb 26 '15 at 4:28
  • We can leave this here for now. The Community user will delete it in a week or two, but for now I'll keep thinking of a better site for it, in case Graphic Design doesn't keep it. – Matthew Haugen Feb 26 '15 at 6:35
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    One possible solution would be to find earlier versions of world population cartograms to 'push back' against the person claiming copyright. Try looking up cartogram references from John Snyder's Bibliography of Map Projections. – mkennedy Mar 3 '15 at 22:33

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