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Orphan Works in Canada: Attempting Accountability

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 02, 2015

The alarms sounded this summer about orphan works legislation, while unfounded (no such legislation is under consideration at this time), underscored the emotional resonance of the issue. Congress has long wanted to address the issue of orphan works, creative works whose author and copyright status are unknown. Creators are justifiably concerned that any legislation would weaken their copyright protection, or would enable businesses to use orphan works as a way of avoiding the cost of commissioning or licensing works. Canada, however, does have in place a system that permits the use of orphan works, while attempting to protect the interests of creators.

Illustration Rep Changes Policy of Not Crediting Artists After Protest from Illustration Age

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 24, 2015

Illustrator Thomas James reported on Illustration Age that he was startled to discover that artists representatives illozoo was not crediting their illustrators on their Instagram account. In post after post showcasing beautiful illustration work, illozoo failed to credit the illustrators, instead referring to all as “illozoo illustrator.” Using his Illustration Age Instagram account, James asked why in the comments section, and got back the reply that “They are all illozoo artists. Anyone can see their work on our website.”

Yahoo Ads Delivered Malware as Hackers Leverage Flash Security Flaw

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 20, 2015

Visitors to Yahoo’s main website during the last week in July may have been exposed to malware. On August 3rd, security software company Malwarebytes reported on their blog that they had notified Yahoo as soon as they discovered the security flaw, and that Yahoo immediately took steps to remove the threat. The malware was particularly insidious because merely browsing the website could cause a computer to be infected. The hackers exploited out-of-date versions of Flash Player to infect computers.

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

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on August 14, 2015

At first reading I thought the First Sale Doctrine had nothing to do with me and how I run my freelance illustration and graphic design business. Currently, the Doctrine allows a person who owns an authorized hard copy or phonorecord of a copyrighted work to sell or otherwise dispose of the work without the authority of the copyright owner. The right to distribute, however, ends once the owner has sold or disposed of that particular copy. The hearing was to examine the worst case scenarios if the First Sale Doctrine were extended to include digital works. How would the extension of the Doctrine to include digital works affect the way illustrators, photographers, designers, etc. price their work?

Wallpart: Online Print Shop “Stealing” Arists’ Work is Not What You Think

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 30, 2015

Earlier this spring, illustrators were up in arms when it appeared that an online business, Wallpart, was appropriating their work and selling high resolution prints. Social media was inundated with reports of people finding their work on Wallpart’s website, articles were written on photography and illustration blogs, and a petition – of questionable effectiveness – was started to shut down the website. A closer investigation revealed the Wallpart is not what it appears to be.

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