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Copyright and Creators: Addressing Anti-Copyright Sentiments

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 30, 2015

John Degen, novelist and Executive Director of The Writers Union of Canada, recently engaged in a back-and-forth of the value of copyrights to creators. Degen summarized the importance of copyright to creative professionals as, “If you create it, you own it. If someone wants to use what you own, there needs to be a discussion.” He later elaborated on his point in a series of tweets, including one that compared an attack on copyright as a land grab.

Keep Your Art Director Happy: 10 Mistakes Illustrators Make

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 24, 2015

Art director Giuseppe Castellano has compiled a list of 10 common mistakes illustrators make in delivering their artwork. The advice covers basic errors in file delivery that are guaranteed to sour a working relationship. Much of the advice covers basics, and advice on creating compelling artwork. His strongest advice, though, is to avoid springing nasty surprises on the client – by producing something unexpected, being late, or being unprofessional.

Guild Joins Organizations in Protesting the “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use”

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 16, 2015

The Graphic Artists Guild, together with American Photographic Artists (APA), American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), PACA Digital Media Licensing Association, and Professional Photographers of America (PPA), has published a letter addressing concerns with the College Art Association’s “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts.” The letter finds fault with the conclusion of the study, and outlines key weaknesses in the recommendations the study offers to students in the visual art regarding fair use.

Guild Joins CreativeFuture Coalition to Address Piracy

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 12, 2015

The Graphic Artists Guild has joined CreativeFuture, a coalition of over 350 companies and organizations that seeks to address piracy. The coalition has three primary initiatives: mobilizing the creative community to speak up about the harm caused by piracy; advocating for policies which will staunch the flow of funds to pirate site operators; and educating youth about the cultural, ethical, and economic value of creative ownership.

Speech on Type: Typography Podcasts by Typeradio

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 10, 2015

Now in its eighth year of netcasting, Typeradio is an internet radio stream with a wealth of material. The website offers a truly global view of typography, with in-depth interviews conducted at studios, offices, and conferences from around Europe, the United States, India, Australia, and New Zealand. In addition to the interviews, Typeradio features a few delightfully cheesy music selections from type conferences and summaries from their workshops. The real value of Typeradio lies in the range of interview guests. The podcasts are not just limited to prominent designers, and include lesser known, but equally fascinating, professionals.

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