Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 28, 2014
On October 25-26, the Guild attended Icograda’s first-ever Professional Platform Meeting in New York City. The meeting was devised to provide a structure for professional association members of Icograda to communicate and develop programs important to them and their constituents. The discussion was conducted between representatives from over 14 countries. The Guild’s Executive Director Patricia McKiernan was asked to speak on speculative practices, and outlined for the international audience the Guild’s opposition to crowd sourcing and contests which require artists to work on speculation. Her talk included examples of prominent crowd sourcing campaigns, such at those conducted by the Department of the Interior and the Obama for America Campaign, and described the Guild’s response.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 21, 2014
Award winning illustrator Otto Steininger has rallied the talents of his colleagues in creating a means to generate funds supporting Ebola relief efforts. Art Against Ebola sells artwork created by a number of prominent artists. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork benefit Last Mile Health, an organization which provides training to health workers servicing remote villages in Liberia, one of the nations hardest hit by the Ebola crisis. Artists Against Ebola is commendable, in that fees generated by sales of the artwork go directly to Last Mile Health.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 17, 2014
The New York Times reported in early October on a tax decision that could have wide-reaching affects. For years, fine artist Susan Crile has earned an income from both her artwork and her teaching job as a professor at Hunter College in New York City. In 2010, the IRS accused Crile of underpaying her taxes from 2004 to 2009, stating that her claim that she was both an artist and a teaching professional was artificial, and that she created art solely to support her position as a tenured professor. Judge Albert at the tax court rejected the IRS’s claim, stating the Crile established proof of her professional status as an artist.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 08, 2014
At the end of September, Marvel Comics announced a settlement of a long-standing copyright dispute with the estate of Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who co-created many iconic superheros. Although the terms of the settlement have not been revealed, new issues of Marvel Comics now include a credit line, “Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby” on the back cover. The estates of both Jack Kirby, and of Siegel and Shuster filed a petition to have the Supreme Court overturn lower court rulings on copyrights. On October 6, the Supreme Court refused to hear intervene in the copyright dispute.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 29, 2014
Joy of Code and Blink Bid, have extended new discount offers to Guild members. Joy of Code has developed a four-part webinar series, WordPress A-Z, taking place October 16, 23, and 30. Guild members are offered the course at a 25% discount, for $100 at the Early Bird rate (expires October 10). Blinkbid produces easy-to-use estimating, production, and invoicing software targeted to creative professionals. Guild members get $50 of the cost off the purchase price.