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Friday, January 4, 2013

The "Come On" and "Ketchum Head" Bigfoot Image Controversy

The Bigfoot art of Alexa (Alex) Evans if pretty fabulous. Bigfoot geneticist and media maven Melba Ketchum thought so, too--enough to try to possess two pieces of her art without paying for them, claiming rights despite having no contract with Evans, and refusing even a very fair offer of $75.00 for exlusive use. This seems pretty odd for a now-famous woman appearing on CNN and Coast-to-Coast AM and such, one formerly rolling in the cold cash of benefactors, and one claiming such high purposes of constitutional rights for a so-called "human" Sasquatch. What about rights for human artists???

Read the full story, The Crypto Crew: Bullying From Dr. Ketchum?, here:
You will see that the loyal crew of the Ketchum Project are rapidly jumping ship, and for what appears to be good reason.

The deal is this: Evans drew a nice Bigfoot face from a blurry photo provided by Melba Ketchum. They never signed a contract. Nothing was ever paid. No rights were transferred. It is clear in copyright law that an artistic rendition inspired by a photograph is the property of the artist, not the photographer. In this case the details had to be added as the original image was not very clear. This further cements the artist's clear rights. Here is that drawing, The "Ketchum Head":
Drawn in 2011, inspired by a photo.
Before ever seeing the Ketchum photo Evans drew a similar image, entitled "Come On," and publicly posted on the Oregon Bigfoot site over a year earlier. Ketchum tried to claim ownership of this OTHER image for her DNA project or Sasquatch Wild Wear clothing line, even though it had nothing to do with her or her photo or any commission agreement. It was done from a witness' sighting description. Here is that image:
"Come On," Ketchum! Drawn over a year earlier, from witness description.
It should be clear to anyone that the similarity is the style of the artist, not the source, save that they both depict Bigfoot heads. Why Ketchum would threaten a cancer-survivor on limited income with a lawsuit is clear: she thought she could scare the artist into surrendering her rights for fear of an expensive legal case.

Here is some email between Alex and myself:
ALEX EVANS: "...she provided a photo of a bigfoot face, which was a good photo, but still, small and when I blew it up, had little real detail I could use in a practical way, so I did my best with it and made a drawing, which I just called ketchum head for reference. I will send that to you as well.  Anything else I can help with this controversy, just let me know, I'd be happy to lend some truth to what's happened.
THIS BLOG: So, no legal issues with K are legitimate??
ALEX EVANS: No, none.... I never signed over any copyrights to my drawings or signed any sort of agreement with her.

What, weren't all those hundreds of thousands of dollars from Wally and Adrian enough for you, Melba? Despicable. Does she really even care about Bigfoot? Or is she just in this for the money and fame? I'll let you decide, but know that some of her most loyal associates are now saying it is clearly the latter.


1 comment:

Jay said...

I'm starting to think that Ketchum may have had DNA of something, but her common contact with habituators and such coaxed her to say these are human hybrids. She is very involved with habituators, as evident by the "evidence" which she posted on her Sasquatch Genome Project site which consists of fallen trees and matted horse hair. This involvement is one of the things that lowers her scientific credibility, in my opinion. I think she had unknown primate DNA, but habituators coaxed her to claim that these animals are the result of a hybridization event. The claims of DNA origin have changed over the years, and I will wait for the Oxford Study to be released before I'll support Ketchum.