For 50 years, the Guild has advocated on behalf of our members: graphic designers, illustrators, animators, cartoonists, comic artists, web designers, and production artists. We educate graphic artists on best practices through webinars, Guild enews, resource articles, and meetups. The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook: Pricing & Ethical Guidelines has raised industry standards, and provides graphic artists and their clients guidance on best practices and pricing standards. We also advocate for graphic artists on Capitol Hill on a wide range of legislative initiatives, as well as internationally through active membership in global umbrella organizations.
Much of our advocacy work in 2017-2018 was focused on promoting HR 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act (CASE). The Act sought to establish a small copyright claims tribunal within the Copyright Office, where copyright holders could present claims with potential damages of $30,000 or less in a low-cost, simplified process. While the bill never got out of committee, our efforts won’t go to waste, and we expect the bill to be reintroduced sometime this year.
On January 15th, the Graphic Artists Guild responded to the Copyright Office’s Notice of Inquiry (NOI) on Registration Modernization, with comments focused on the particular concerns of illustrators and designers.
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