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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.

Guild Member Discount for Design Thinkers 2015 Conference

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 27, 2015

With over 2,000 attendees and 30+ speakers, DesignThinkers is Canada’s largest conference for visual communicators. It is a must-attend for any informed, forward-thinking creative, communications or marketing professional or team. The inspiring event, now in its 16th year, breeds change agents who become drivers of innovation. DesignThinkers 2015, taking place November 12 & 13 at The Sony Centre in Toronto, will delve into industry trends with visionaries from a range of communications-related disciplines including design, user experience, advertising, branding, consumer engagement, film, social media and entrepreneurship. Graphic Artist Guild Members are invited to register at the discounted “Group/Org Member.”

Taylor Swift Listens to Photographers’ Concerns; Foo Fighters Not So Much

Posted by Rebecca Blake on July 24, 2015

As we reported in June, the publicity engendered by Taylor Swift’s protest of Apple’s licensing terms on behalf of artists brought to light the onerous contracts her management company had been requiring concert photographers to sign. The outcry cast a spotlight on other troublesome concert photography contracts. Lady Gaga has been demanding all copyrights to concert photographs since 2011, and the Foo Fighters’ contract includes a rights grab of supernatural proportions: photographers are limited to one use of the photos, and the band is granted all copyrights “throughout the universe in perpetuity.” In an encouraging turnabout, in mid July, Swift released a new contract that has been lauded as a fair compromise with photographers. Unfortunately other musicians haven’t had a similar change of heart.

Guild Filed Response to the “Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works” Notice of Inquiry

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on July 23, 2015

The Graphic Artists Guild has filed a response to the Notice of Inquiry (NOI) extended by the Copyright Office on April 24. The NOI, titled “Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works,” seeks commentary on authors of visual works and licensees on five specific questions regarding the monetizing and licensing of visual work, enforcement and registration challenges, and frustrations for those seeking to make legal use of photographs, illustrations, and graphic works.

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