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Advocacy News

Step by Step Through a Small Copyright Claim

We’ve created a flow chart showing how a the copyright small claim tribunal will work.

Roadtrip Recap: The Guild on Capitol Hill

Four Guild board members joined other creators in Washington DC to advocate for The CASE Act and attend the Senate Judiciary Hearing on the Bill.

Graphic Designer Dawn’s Story: Why We Need the CASE Act

An designer’s clients are using her copyrighted work and refusing to pay their invoices.

The Senate Judiciary Committee Passes The CASE Act

The Graphic Artists Guild applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee for passing S 1273, The CASE Act (The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act of 2019), through markup.

Illustrator Arthur’s Story: Why We Need the CASE Act

An illustrator discovered his Broadway production artwork was being used without his knowledge by small theaters nationwide.

Takings Clause Invoked to Address Copyright Infringement by State Agency

Photographer Jim Olive discovered an alternate way to demand payment for a copyright infringement: through the Takings Clause.

Court of Appeals Throws Out Faulty Fair Use Verdict

On April 26, 2019 the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed a lower court finding of fair use in Brammer versus Violent Hues Productions.

IAF Panel: Authors Rights Issues from “Across the Pond”

The Guild participated in a panel discussion on authors’ rights and copyright issues conducted by the International Authors Forum (IAF) in New York City.

The Guild Welcomes the Introduction of The CASE Act into the House and Senate

The Graphic Artists Guild applauds the introduction of The Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (CASE Act into the House of Representatives, and for the first time into the Senate.

Karyn Temple Named Register of Copyrights

The Graphic Artists Guild welcomes the appointment of Karen Temple as the Register of Copyrights.

Copyright Office Replaces Unpublished Collection Registration Option with Group Registration of Unpublished Works

Creators have until March 15, 2019 to register large collections of unregistered works.

Update on the CASE Act: How We Ended 2018 and Next Steps

Although The CASE Act expired in December with no bill signed into law, our advocacy efforts on behalf of the bill weren’t in vain. We got the attention of lawmakers, and expect the Act to be reintroduced this year

Guild Responds to Copyright Office Inquiry on Modernization

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.

Update on The CASE Act: Advocating for a Copyright Small Claims Process

The Guild joined representatives from \visual artist associations for Congressional visits in January and in April in support of The CASE Act.

There’s Work to Do on Copyright Small Claims

The CASE Act (H.R. 3945) is widely supported, but we need creators to help move it forward.

Health Insurance Options, Now That the Federal Enrollment Period is Over

If you missed the enrollment period for the federal exchange, you may still have options to get coverage at HealthCare.gov.

The Guild Joins Visual Artists for a December Lobbying Visit

On December 4-5, the Guild joined our Coalition of Visual Artists for a trip to Capitol Hill to lobby on behalf of graphic artists in support of the CASE Act.

Guild Responds to Copyright Office Request on Group Registrations

The Graphic Artists Guild has submitted a response to a proposed rulemaking by the Copyright Office on Group Registrations of Unpublished Works.

Montreal Design Declaration: “All People Deserve to Live in a Well-Designed World”

On October 24, representatives from 14 international associations challenged designers, educators, governments, and the private sector to work collaboratively.

From Design Certification to National Design Policies

ico-D’s annual Platform Meeting took place October 13 and 14 in Montréal, Canada this year, and Rebecca Blake represented the Guild.

Call to Action: Ask Your Representative to Co-Sponsor Copyright Small Claims Legislation!

The Guild is calling on graphic artists contact their representatives and ask them to support the CASE Act, the Copyright Enforcement in Small Claims Act.

The Guild Supports the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act

The Graphic Artists Guild welcomes the introduction of HR 3945, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2017 or CASE Act.

The Guild Joins Photographers in Meeting with Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

Guild National President Lara Kisielewska and Advocacy Liaison Rebecca Blake joined representatives from ASMP, NPPA, and APA in meeting Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) September 15th.

Graphic Artists Guild Signs on to Copyright Alliance Letter to NAFTA Negotiator Lighthizer

The Guild has signed on to a letter drafted by the Copyright Alliance requesting that NAFTA negotiations address the modernization of the copyright provisions of the agreement.

Guild Joins Coalition of Visual Artists for Congressional Visits

On July 20th, the Guild joined members of the Coalition of Visual Artists for productive meetings with Congressional staff on key copyright issues.

NEA Granted a Reprieve; Arts Advocates Gear Up for the Longer Fight

Arts advocates were appalled when the budget proposed by the Trump transition team called for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, along with steep cuts to other cultural and social programs.

Contact your Representative and ask them to vote YES on H.R. 1695

We’re calling upon visual artists and those who support a vibrant creative community to contact their representatives and ask them to support H.R. 1695.

Copyright Office Modernization: Through an Artist’s Lens

To help facilitate the marketplace for creative works, visual artists have long called for modernizing the US Copyright Office.

The Guild Applauds the Introduction of the “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act”

The Graphic Artists Guild applauds the introduction of H.R. 1695, the “Register of Copyright Selection and Accountability Act of 2017,” on March 23.

Eliminating the NEA: FastCompany Outlines What a Bad Idea This Is

In its article, “Defunding the NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid: Here’s Why,” FastCompany pulls no punches in contesting the wisdom of that move.

Response Submitted to Copyright Office Reform Policy Proposal

The Guild joined the Coalition of Visual Artists in submitting a response to the policy proposal for reform of the Copyright Office drafted by House Judiciary leadership.

Photography Associations Need Input on Group Registrations

Our photography associations are requesting input from professional photographers on their workflow and how they register their copyrights.

Was Your Copyright Infringed Online? Copyright Alliance Survey Needs your Input

The Copyright Office has sent out a request for additional information from stakeholders on DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) safe harbor provisions.

We Need Your Voice on the next Register of Copyrights

We’re asking all visual artists, and all who rely on a strong copyright system, to respond to the Library of Congress’ survey on the next Register of Copyrights.

Fairness for Small Creators Act Introduced

The Guild applauds the introduction of H.R. 6496, the “Fairness for Small Creators Act” introduced by Rep. Judy Chu [D-NY] and Rep. Lamar Smith [R-TX].

First Policy Proposal from Judiciary Committee Hearings Released

The Graphic Artists Guild welcomes the first policy proposal resulting from the Judicary Committee’s review of U.S. copyright law, released by House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers.

Update on Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Mayor Signs Bill into Law

The law is the first of its kind in the nation, providing legal recourse for freelancers to pursue clients for non-payment.

Statement on Removal of Registrar of Copyrights by Copyright Alliance

The Copyright Alliance released a statement that echoes our concerns with the removal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights.

Workgroups Present to the International Design Community at ico-D Platform Meetings

The Guild particpated in ico-D’s Platform Meetings by heading a session on National Design Policy.

National Design Policies: Why They Matter

A national design policy is a systemic and strategic government plan to support its design sector to achieve various ends.

An Open Letter to Political Candidates on Copyright

The Copyright Alliance has published an open letter to the 2016 political candidates, advocating for a strong copyright system and a safe and secure Internet.

Coalition of Visual Artists Welcomes Introduction of Establishing Small Claims Board for Copyright

A coalition of visual artist groups commends the attention that a copyright small claims legislation is now garnering on Capitol Hill.

Guild Advocacy Liaison Testifies at Copyright Office Discussion on the DMCA Notice

The Guild participated in panel discussions conducted by the Copyright Office on the DMCA takedown process.

NYC’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act Hopes to Redress Non-Payment

New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act has been championed by the Freelancers Union and founder Sara Horowitz.

Deadline on Survey on DMCA Notice Extended to March 20

The deadline for the survey on infringement of online copyrighted images and the DMCA take-down notice has been extended to March 20th.

Survey for Visual Artists About the DMCA Notice

We’d like to know about your experience with online infringement and the DMCA notice process.

Copyright Small Claims White Paper Released by Visual Arts Associations

Several visual artist groups, representing hundreds of thousands of creators, have joined forces to propose key components of potentially forthcoming small claims legislation.

The DMCA Notice: “Take Down” is Letting Down Artists

Since the DMCA notice procedure was written into law in 1998, it’s proven to be of limited effectiveness in combating copyright infringement online.

NEA Report Shows Stronger Contribution of the Arts to the US Economy than Previously Assumed

A report issued in mid-January by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) concludes that the arts make 4% of the GDP (gross domestic product), or $698 billion.

Guild Participates in Creative Rights Caucus 2015 for the House Judiciary Committee

On November 3, the Guild participated in the 2015 Creative Rights Caucus for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC.

Sheila Copps Challenges Designers to Address Global Issues

At the Eeum Design Connects international congress, Copps challenged the design community to effectively address global issues.

ico-D General Assembly Sets an Ambitious Agenda for Design Associations

The ico-D General Assembly 26 took place October 22-23, following Eeum, the International Design Congress in Gwangju, South Korea.

Orphan Works in Canada: Attempting Accountability

In light of how concerned U.S. artists are about legislation addressing orphan works, it’s worth taking a look at how Canada addresses the issue.

Mr. Shems Goes to Washington (well, New York, actually)

Ed Shems, a Guild member, was asked to testify on behalf of illustrators on proposed changes to the First Sale Doctrine.

Guild Member Joseph Caserto Responds to Pratt Crowdsourcing Contest

Pratt Institute alum Joseph Caserto protested the institution’s crowd-sourced mascot design contest.

Guild Protests Federal Agency’s Logo Design Contest

The Guild has sent a letter to the Small Business Administration protesting their crowd-sourced “Seed for the Future” logo design contest.

Guild Joins Organizations in Protesting the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use”

The Graphic Artists Guild joined a coalition of visual artist associations in a letter addressing concerns with the CAA’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.”

Guild Joins CreativeFuture Coalition to Address Piracy

The Graphic Artists Guild has joined CreativeFuture, a coalition of over 350 companies and organizations that seeks to address piracy.

Oh, Dear, Canada: Government Issues Contest for Logo

Canadian designers were startled when their government issued a student contest for the Canada 150 logo.

Graphic Artists Guild Advocacy 2014

In 2014, the Guild has been an active participant in hearings conducted on copyright and intellectual property by the US Copyright Office, and House Judiciary Committee.

Guild Executive Director on Speculative Practices at Icograda Professional Platform Meeting

The Guild attended Icograda’s first-ever Professional Platform Meeting in New York City, attended by representatives from over 14 countries.

Google, Photographers Settle Litigation over Books

A group of photographers, visual artists and affiliated associations have reached a settlement with Google in a lawsuit over copyrighted material in Google Books.

Guild joins Amicus Brief in Support of Comic Creators & Artist

On July 22, the Graphic Artists Guild joined in signing on to an amicus brief on behalf of the heirs of the creators of  “Superman,” Siegel and Shuster, and Jack Kirby.

Guild Member Ed Shems Testifies on Copyrights and First Sale

Guild member Ed Shems spoke on the impact proposed changes to copyright law regarding the first sale doctrine could have on artists at a hearing in front of House Judiciary Committee members on June 2.

Guild Joins Organizations in Amicus Brief in Fine Art Appropriation Case

The Graphic Artists Guild joined other arts organizations in filing an amicus brief in opposition to a brief filed by the Warhol Foundation in Patrick Cariou v. Richard Prince.

The Guild joins ASMP in Protesting Instagram’s Terms of Use

The Guild has joined The American Society of Media Photographers in protesting Instagram’s Terms of Use for image sharing.

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