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New Guild Member Benefit: Tutorials by Joseph Caserto

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 06, 2014

Joseph Caserto tutorial on UDEMYGuild member Joseph Caserto teaches a variety of courses relevant to illustrators and designers through the online portal, Udemy. He’s offering his full range of classes to Guild members at a generous discount. The coursework covers topics for creatives at all skill levels, from Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Beginners, through InDesign TurboChargers and Create Your Own iPad and Android Publications. Guild members may access the discount code by logging into the Guild website (login area on the upper right), and visiting the Professional Discounts: Workshops & Classes page. Please note that the discount is only extended to Joseph Caserto’s classes on the Udemy website.

Guild Attends Icograda General Assembly 25

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 20, 2013

The Guild attended the Icograda General Assembly 25 from November 16-18. Icograda, the International Council of Communication Design, is a global organization representing the interests of design associations and educational institutions. As a Professional Member of Icograda, the Guild and other organizations were invited to present on the challenges facing our members, and on how we hope Icograda can help us achieve our goals. We described the Guild's activities within the United States on copyright and advocacy issues, and iterated our desire for a dialogue on speculative practices with similar organizations from around the world. We also expressed our desire for action with like-minded organizations via an Icograda platform on speculative practices. Following is the text of our presentation to Icograda.


Among the many excellent professional organizations in the United States, the Graphic Artist Guild is unique, in that we are a labor organization of predominantly freelancers. We represent a broad range of creative professionals, from illustrators to designers across several disciplines.

Our primary focus, as expressed in our mission statement, is to promote and protect the social, economic and professional interests of our members, and to improve conditions for all graphic artists at all skill levels. Our union status permits us to be active in advocacy work unhampered by limitations imposed by US law on traditional non-profit and professional organizations. This is a crucial distinction; we engage in lobbying in the US Congress to influence proposed legislation to the benefit of creative professionals. We also work closely with the Copyright Office in providing the perspective of our members. This past year, we testified before the Office on the difficulty of copyright holders’ ability to bring small copyright claims of $30,000 or less to court.

We work closely with other US based organizations, such as the American Society of Media Photographers in addressing copyright, legislative, and legal issues. For example, this summer we joined ASMP in protesting Instagram’s terms of use, which effectively strip copyright protection and permit Instragram to sublicense the images of their participants. Finally, we draft amicus briefs for court cases which will impact copyright law.

We are also members of IFFRO, the Authors Coalition, the Copyright Society of the USA, the Copyright Alliance, and recently became founding members of the International Authors Group. On the member level, we work to educate creative professionals on responsible business practices, copyright and intellectual property issues, and conducting professional relationships.

The challenges we’re facing are a reflection in how the methods of communication and business models for creatives have evolved. There is an overall erosion in the understanding of the value of copyright protection among society as a whole; business models which require creatives to work on speculation for the lowest fees possible are becoming the norm; and we’re seeing an alarming number of creatives who either do not understand or do not implement basic business practices (such copyright protection, responsible pricing, and appropriate licensing terms), undermining the industry as a whole.

Participation in Icograda is crucial for us in achieving our mission in a meaningful way. Although our organizational structure means that we are active within the United States, we need to be adaptive to the changes in the global economy and in how our colleagues across the world conduct their business. This includes engaging in an ongoing dialogue with professional organizations and institutions from other continents. For example, business models which hurt US designers may in fact benefit designers in another part of the world. In responding effectively on behalf of our members, we need to understand how the same practice can have very different impacts. This will educate us in formulating better and more forward-thinking policies for our stakeholders.

What we would like to see the most from our involvement with Icograda is an ongoing dialogue with like-minded organizations through out the two years between General Assemblies. We’re particularly interested in seeing a Speculative Practices committee activated which will provide a forum for collaborative discussion and action.

What we hope to achieve in our participation in Icograda is a balanced approach to protecting the interests and integrity of all our stakeholders, returning to creators the right to control and prosper from their work.

Career Listings — Guild Joins Coroflot’s Design Employment Network

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 28, 2013

The Guild has joined Coroflot's Design Employment Network, bringing hundreds of career listings targeted to design and creative professionals to our website. The arrangement enables us to present an online job board, with postings that can be sorted by location, experience level, and/or keywords. The job board also provides an interface for employers to post jobs. Since career listings are part of  a global network of organizations and institutions, the scope of job postings and the audience for job listings is extensive. Partners participating in the network include The Design Observer Group, adforum, CreativePro, Bloomberg Businessweek, and How+Print.

Created and run by designers, Coroflot is an online portfolio and job board site which seeks to connect design talent with employers and clients, and promote good design across several disciplines, including illustration, graphic, industrial, fashion, and UX. Core77 is the industrial design arm of Coroflot, and serves that community with articles, forums, events, as well as job listings and a database of design resources.

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

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 26, 2013

The Graphic Artists Guild has joined The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), and other photography organizations in protesting Instagram's Terms of Use for image sharing. The organizations believe that few Instagram users understand the rights they are giving away when agreeing to Instagram's terms, specifically Instagram's right to perpetual use of photos and videos, and nearly unlimited right to license images to any and all third parties. Additionally, the terms assert Instagram's right to make users' photos and identity part of their service forever. ASMP has issued "The Instagram Papers," which analyze the Terms of Use and call for the inclusion of a simple right to terminate.


The full text of ASMP's news release on Instagram's terms is below:

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMMUNITY DEEMS INSTAGRAM TERMS TOO FAR-REACHING

Philadelphia, PA…The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), joined by National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), The Digital Media Licensing Association (PACA), American Photographic Artists (APA), This Week in Photography (TWiP), Professional Photographers of America (PPA), Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC), Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) and American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP), has mounted a campaign to address the far-reaching Terms of Use of the image sharing service Instagram. Since 2010, more than 16 billion images and movies have been uploaded to Instagram. The organizations believe that few of the users who share images on the site understand the rights they are giving away. ASMP has issued "The Instagram Papers," information in the form of essays and analysis about the Terms of Use in which the key issue is that users should have the 'right to terminate' their agreement with Instagram, allowing them to remove permissions for the use of their identities and content at any time. 

Specifically, the Terms of Use give Instagram perpetual use of photos and video as well as the nearly unlimited right to license the images to any and all third parties. And, after granting this broad license to Instagram, users also relinquish the right to terminate the agreement. Once uploaded, they cannot remove their work and their identity from Instagram. Additionally, in the event of litigation regarding a photo or video, it is the account holder who is responsible for attorney and other fees, not Instagram.

Moreover, while Instagram's agreement includes  the right to sublicense images, it specifically excludes the need to ever pay creators, regardless of the way the company may use or sell their work. The photographic community believes strongly that fair compensation for the creators of work is a vital component of a fair agreement. 

According to ASMP Executive Director Eugene Mopsik, “While clearly benefiting Instagram, the rights of imaging professionals and general users stand to be infringed upon in an unprecedented way. We are concerned that not only have Instagram's Terms of Use gone beyond acceptable standards, but also that other social media providers may use these onerous terms as a template for their own agreements." 

Peter Krogh, ASMP's Digital Standards & Practices Chair, said, " As online services become larger repositories of intellectual property, power has shifted away from the user and toward the company provider. Unless changes are made by Instagram, we believe the terms will have a profound and negative impact on imaging professionals, publishers and general users."

In the coming weeks and months ASMP, along with the other listed organizations, will continue to reach out to gain support in addressing these egregious terms before they become the industry standard. 

Contact:
Eugene Mopsik, Executive Director
American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP)
Phone: 215 451 2767
Email: mopsik@asmp.org
www.asmp.org

NYC Summer of Fonts: Join the Guild and Attend for Free

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 18, 2013

New York City 2013 Summer of FontsThe New York Chapter of the Graphic Artists Guild is reprising its annual Summer of Fonts. The event is a three-month series of presentations by leading typographers and designers, and has covered topics from typographic tattoos to web fonts. The 2013 series kicks off on Thursday, July 25 with designer Karl Heine speaking on Putting your Best Face Forward – Why type matters: The Inside Protocol for Self-Promotion and Marketing. The series continues in August with Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design on Wednesday, August 27. (The September speaker will be announced shortly.)


Non-members who join the Guild are invited to attend all three Summer of Fonts events for free. Each takes place at Pratt Institute, Manhattan Campus at 144 West 14th Street, room 213, and runs from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this offer, contact the chapter administrator at ny@gag.org.


Summer of Fonts speakers Karl Heine & Matteo Bologna

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