All 3 CDs noted were produced by Digital Impudendum in the early 2000’s by a collection of artists. Given that, the discs are 16-and-17 years old, at best. I had hoped to share the contents of the disks here, but (as I been reminded quite often) it is better to check with the artist and check first whether they mind whether they post their work. For only the second time in my experience, someone has said no … and
they have a good reason. I’ll let Taral Wayne explain, as he was one of the artists involved from the start with this pioneering project by Digital Impudendum.
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Taral Wayne’s reply
The disks were all produced under the name Animal Magnetism. There were 12 under that name (and one free sampler). But first disk that Kevin Duane produced was not part of that series, so it must be counted separately from Animal Magnetism. The appearance and contents of Off-Colour were solely under my control, though produced by Kevin. The following 12 discs (and one free sampler) were entirely produced by Kevin under his direction, and editing. My only contribution to those disks was a dozen-or-so images, included in only some discs. So, while Off-Colour and Animal Magnetism were technically labeled as Digital Impudendum products, they shouldn’t be confused despite their sibling relationship.
All 14 discs – mine as Kevin’s 13 – were produced to sell and earn royalties for the artists. How well they succeeded is a moot point. I made a fair-to-middling amount altogether from Off-Colour. The agreement that Kevin and I had was that the entire expense came from Kevin’s half of the copies made, while he sold his half. So while sales were not exactly brisk, I probably made several hundred dollars over the long term.
However, I can’t speak authoritatively about the terms for the other discs. I usually received a small payment from every disc I contributed to, but I contributed to no more than half. Payment was small – I think $20 or $25 – but every artist contributed a dozen, half-a-dozen or even more images. Every attempt was made to that every artist was paid what was owed … though disputes inevitably arose.
I think it fair to say that potential for the Animal Magnetism disks may have been misjudged. The technology changed extraordinarily rapidly, and within or year or two it was impossible to suppress unauthorized copying – either of outtakes or of the discs entirely. The window in which the disks could be produced and sold profitably was remarkably narrow. Despite customers who were prepared to pay the $20 or $25 for a legitimate copy, the number who probably saw the art for the first time as boot-legs grew faster. I think both Kevin and I were optimistic about the long term outcome of the digital revolution.
Although I certainly benefited my arrangement with Kevin for Off-Colour, I suspect that Kevin personally lost money in the end.
At this point, this is probably water under the bridge … but it remains an insurmountable problem with any attempt to reissue the Animal Magnetism disks. All the material is copyrighted in that form, and requiring the rights from the artists is a impractical legal requirement. It the disks were copied to the internet as such, the risk that someone would take exception and seek legal recourse is a real one.
Of course, much of the art by now has been released by the artists to the net, and freely available. But other artists still jealously protect their work, and permit only watermarked or low-resolution copies to be exposed online. Who simply posts their work, and who protects their art as a business is a entirely a matter of their personal choice.
I still sell one or two copies of OC every year. So while I have no objections to showing the art, I don’t allow the material or it’s packaging to be reproduced in its entirety.
There had been artists who had copied disc’s one at a time, but I think Kevin was the first in fandom to produced furry art by commercial means, in print runs of 500 or 1,000 copies. By the time he had produced two or three, a number of other furries had begun making their own … before finally the spread made it unprofitable. But in all probability, those early disks that Kevin and I worked – Off-Colour and Animal Magnetism – were the first in furry fandom. For whatever historical value there is in that, perhaps at least I’ve set the record straight.
No one wants a lawsuit here especially me!
Taral Wayne’s art Gallery on FA, Gallery on Deviant Art are available as copyrighted free downloads for the fan press. The titles consist of a mixture of art and his personal journalism.
Broken Toys, whose 50 issues ran from 2012 to 2016, was his main fan activity.
The Slan of Baker Street,
The Great White Zine,
To Walk The Moon, [His trip report as one of the 2009 Worldcon Guests.]
The Incomplete Taral Wayne Cover Gallery [Which it is not]
Also, New Toy, Old Toys, Broken Toys, Lost Toys and Stolen Toys
Rat Sass, his most recent activity.