In June, 2013, the University of California Press published a book called Birds of the Sierra Nevada by Edward Beedy, Edward Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen
If you have heard about Birds of the Sierra Nevada, or if you’d had a chance to see it firsthand, you might be interested to know that a significant portion of this book was written by the author David Lukas, though his work is nowhere credited or acknowledged and he does not receive a share of royalties from the sale of this book.
By way of background, David Lukas was one of the two original co-authors on Birds of the Sierra Nevada, and contributed a major amount of text, feedback, research, and ideas as the book took shape over a 14-year period. In fact he wrote 160 species accounts, half of the original 320 species accounts intended for use in the book.
Edward Beedy, Ed Pandolfino, and Keith Hansen eventually published Birds of the Sierra Nevada without including Mr. Lukas, but still used a significant portion of Mr. Lukas’s text without crediting him.
This website shows you a copy of the manuscript Mr. Lukas wrote for the book. Sections written by David Lukas that appear in Birds of the Sierra Nevada are highlighted for ease of viewing.
It is a technical legal question whether the use of this material constitutes willful copyright infringement, or if the authors had or needed permission to use Mr. Lukas's material without his consent. But if they needed his permission then David Lukas is an unacknowledged co-author on the book and deserves credit as a co-author plus an equitable share of royalties from the sale of this book.
Please help make this right by talking about this with the authors at public events or by contacting University of California Press directly(firstname.lastname@example.org) to express your concern about the situation!
Birds of the Sierra Nevada