- Feb 11, 2009
Like other's have said, the paper looks too well preseved, and I think since it's based on Dalek design he kind of looses copyright claim. Probably wrong though.
the fact is, paper isn't carbon dated, because the amount of carbon-12 starts decaying after the subject dies(in this case :the tree) carbon dating would only tell you at what point the tree was chopped down and some other parimeters based on the carbon 14 to 12 ratio.this works with fossils and other "living things that died" but other methods are used to date papers ie: Linguistics,writing styles, paper materials,chemical treatments, Ink types etc.... so yeah you may have a 40 year old piece of paper in your hands but unless the Ink is unique to that period its arguable on about 40 different fronts as to its authenticity .. Sadly for Mr. Steven ClarkeGhengis John said:
That was my first thought.Starke said:And the odds that this contest didn't have the standard forfeiture of intellectual property clause is... what?
You know, that bit that says "all submissions become the property of the " clause that appears in the formal rules for almost all contests of this sort?
Except he didn't submit the drawing for the contest in the 90's he submitted it as a teenager in the 70's a time when I'm pretty sure the xerox machine would not be available to him outside of a corporate environment. He only "found it again" in the 90's which implies he found the original, which had he sent it off to the contest is highly unlikely they'd have sent it back to him.HG131 said:Now, I know people tend to forget stuff like this, but Fax Machines and copy machines DID exist in the 90s.KeyMaster45 said:I'm calling bullshit, that drawing shows no visible signs of age in the picture provided. If he really did draw that back in the 70's and then proceeded to actually lose it shouldn't look like it was drawn yesterday.
Further if he submitted it to the contest why does he still have a copy of his submission? It's not like they would have sent it back. While the guy has a nice sob story I'd be disinclined to believe what he says is true.