Here’s a gorgeous educational site, The Virtual Fossil Museum. It has a nicely organized set of fossil galleries, all intended for use by the education community, and all appropriately credited. This is the way it is supposed to be done.
Unfortunately, that’s not the way creationists do it. Here’s a case of creationists caught red-handed in blatant theft.
The webmaster for the Fossil Museum site just wrote to me with an interesting discovery: here’s another site, called Living Fossils, which also has many beautiful pictures. Unfortunately, at least 50 and maybe many more of those pictures were lifted directly from The Virtual Fossil Museum. There is no attribution. Actually, if you look at the pictures, you’ll see that they all contain a script “H Y” watermark—apparently, Living Fossils doesn’t want other people ripping off “their” images.
Here’s an example. The one on the left is from the Virtual Fossil Museum (where you can see it at much higher resolution—I’ve scaled and cropped it). The one on the right is from Living Fossils, and you can see that it’s the same fly—they’ve just made sure to crop out the Virtual Fossil Museum notice at the bottom, and put the ugly H Y watermark across it.
Hmmm. “H Y”? Look a little deeper, and you discover this is a Muslim creationist site sponsored by Harun Yahya. None of the work illustrated there was actually done by these creationists, but was simply stolen and wrapped up in a lot of dishonest text advocating creationism, without bothering to credit their sources.
Lying, stealing, and misrepresentation are common creationist values, I guess—Allah must endorse theft. They have no intellectual merit that they can contribute, so they have to resort to pilfering from evolutionists. Although, maybe we can justify it by comparing it to a starving man stealing a loaf of bread: creationists are so scientifically impoverished that they have to steal data. Does Shari’a accept that excuse, or is poor Harun Yahya going to have to get a hand lopped off?
I don’t think there’s any risk of amputation here. I have such a low opinion of these contemptible vermin that I don’t think there’s any risk that they will even feel a fleeting sense of shame.