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95M-Year-Old Octopus Fossils Discovered 290

Posted by kdawson
from the eight-by-eight dept.
mmmscience writes "A new study published in Paleontology is a truly terrific find. Not only did a group of European scientists find a fossilized octopus, they found five complete fossils that show all eight legs in great detail, including a ghost of the characteristic suckers. The discovery of the 95-million-year-old specimens was made in Lebanon. 'What is truly astonishing to the scientists is how similar these ancient creatures are to their modern-day counterparts. Dirk Fuchs, lead author on the study stated, "These things are 95 million years old, yet one of the fossils is almost indistinguishable from living species."'"
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barncha writes: "I recently came across a site leeching graphics from my own and found it was not only hotlinking to a few of my own images, but also to another 40,000 spread over 5,000 other domains. No source was mentioned for the images and no copyright information was displayed — they appeared to belong to the site in question.

I have been in contact with the sites help desk to point out the use of the copyrighted images and the hotlinking issue, though I get the impression they have no idea what I'm talking about... Their excuse for not attributing and hosting the images on their own servers was: "Due to the sheer volume of data present on the world-wide web, it is unfortunately not possible to contact each site individually". They also seem to be hiding behind a "we're a not-for-profit scientific resource" stance. I can understand the hotlinking issue (not understanding how the web works) but this blatant plagiarism is inexcusable from a supposedly scientific resource.

I have considered emailing the 5000+ domains about use of their images, but I would rather the site in question did that. How serious is this? What action should I take?"

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