Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 25, 2017
Two years ago, we reported on the copyright issues raised by the monkey selfie. UK wildlife photographer David Slater encouraged a group of crested black macaques to approach a camera he had preset to snap an in-focus photo. Slater lost licensing income from the photos when Wikimedia published them in their “free media repository,” contending that the images were public domain. Slater later published the photos in a self-published book, only to have PETA sue him for copyright infringement — on behalf of the monkeys.
Posted by Advocacy Liaison on July 24, 2017
On July 20th, the Guild joined members of the Coalition of Visual Artists for productive meetings with Congressional staff on key copyright issues. The meeting is part of the Guild’s ongoing advocacy efforts on copyright reform on behalf of graphic artists. In December 2016, a years-long effort by the House Judiciary Committee on copyright reform culminated in a proposal by Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers. The Coalition issued a response in support of key features of the proposal, specifically greater autonomy for the Copyright Office, modernization of the Office’s IT infrastructure, and the creation of a copyright small claims tribunal. The recent visit sought to provide Congressional staff with a unified voice on behalf of visual artists on these issues.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 14, 2017
Guild member Cindy Salans Rosenheim was asked to join the judging panel for the prestigious Adobe Design Achievements Awards, the international student awards co-produced with ico-D. As an illustrator working primarily in watercolor and pen-and-ink, Rosenheim brings unique traditional skills to the panel of judges. Her work encompasses illustration for fashion and food, loose journalistic on-site sketches, more tightly-rendered editorial and children’s book illustration, and even hand lettering, maps, and calligraphy. Rosenheim joined Guild member Theresa Whitehill, who is participating on the panel for a second year.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on June 30, 2017
ICON 10, The Illustration Conference, has put out a call for papers to be considered for their Education Symposium taking place next July in Detroit, MI. Conference organizers are interested in reviewing submissions from a broad range of sources: academics, educators, researchers, and professional practitioners such as illustrators, typographers, designers, and fine artists. Fitting with the theme “Paradigm Paradox: Teaching in the Future,” submissions should explore how illustration is taught and crafted in a rapidly evolving environment, precipitated by technological changes to both production and delivery methods.
Posted by Advocacy Liaison on June 27, 2017
The Copyright Alliance has partnered with Cravath, Swain, and Moore LLP and Columbia Law School to provide pro-bono legal services for individuals and small businesses involved in copyright disputes in New York City. Through the initiative, Columbia Law School students working under the supervision of lawyers from the firm provide legal counsel and learn trial skills as related to copyright law. Designers and illustrators operating in the metro New York City area with a copyright dispute are encouraged to apply for consideration in the program.