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Metro-NY Artists: Pro-Bono Legal Assistance for Copyright Disputes

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.

“First Expressed in Nature”: Science Illustrator Pieter Folkens Raises Copyright Concerns

Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 24, 2017

The Copyright Alliance interviewed Guild member and noted marine mammal illustrator Pieter Folkens for their "Five Questions” interview series with individual creators. The interview probed Folkens’ experience with copyright infringement – as one of the first science illustrators to focus on whales, dolphins, and porpoises, his high quality illustrations have been repeatedly infringed. But it's Folkens’ concerns with the merger doctrine and scenes à faire doctrine – two principles that most visual artists are unaware of — that are particularly illuminating.

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

Posted by Rebecca Blake on May 12, 2017

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. On April 30th, Congressional leaders agreed to a budget bill allocates a full $150 million to the NEA. While the news is a welcome reprieve, arts advocates are not breathing easy – the administration has proposed defunding the NEA entirely in 2018. Americans for the Arts has been running a comprehensive campaign to support the NEA.

The Guild Supports S.1010, “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act”

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on May 05, 2017

The Graphic Artists Guild applauds the introduction of “The Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act” into the Senate as S.1010 on May 2nd. In a show of bipartisan support, the bill was introduced by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Ranking Member Diane Feinstein (D-CA), former chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and former Ranking Member Patrick Leahy (D-VT). The Guild supported the House version of the bill, H.R.1695, which passed the House on April 16 by 378-48.

Comic Artist Turned Away at US Border for Carrying Work in Progress

Posted by Rebecca Blake on April 24, 2017

On April 20th, Canadian Marvel comic book artist Gisele Lagace posted to her Facebook page that she had been denied entry to the United States when attempting to cross the border to attend Chicago’s C2E2 comic convention. According to her post, she was refused entry by US Customs and Border Patrol because she was planning to complete some commissions while in the US; the unfinished works were in her car. Additionally, she was carrying about $700 worth of comics, which she had intended to sell while at the convention. That put her in violation of US immigration law, which prohibits visitors from working in the US without a proper visa.

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