Originally Posted by DemonHellraiser
It's not to say it belongs to HOL, it just adds that reassurance that the hard work done by everyone for HOL isn't completely wasted because of other sites, that would take the scans etc, for their own gratification without mentioning where it came from.
Maybe you should ask the original artists / copyright holder what they think about the watermark.
but anyway, just because you put work in scanning other peoples copyrighted works, gives you absolutely no rights over the images.
having run ExoticA for 15 years, I can tell you that sharing data and the benefits outweights any paranoia regarding sites using work without attribution.
Removing the watermarks would be the decent and respectful thing to do imho. I'm sure all this will fall on deaf ears though - as my previous post already seems to having read your reply. Still, It's good to bring it up for discussion every now and again, and eventually HOL might do the right thing.