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Copyright Office Announces New Fee Schedule for Online Registration

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 26, 2014

The Copyright Office has announced a new fee schedule for the online registration of works. Starting May 1st, standard online registrations will be raised from $35 to $55. However, the office is introducing a new streamlined option for single works by single authors, which have not been made for hire. The Single application process will only cost $35.

The Unvarnished Truth: Susie Cagle on a Freelance Career

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 25, 2014

At first glance, writer and cartoonist Susie Cagle looks as if she’s swimming in success. A graduate with a Master’s in journalism from Columbia University, her recent work includes such prestigious clients as Wired, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and McSweeneys. She’s appeared in radio and TV spots, and her work has been featured on NPR and in the Los Angeles Times, Print Magazine, and the Washington Post. People with “regular” staff jobs often tell her they envy her lifestyle. Yet, as Cagle describes it, “they then break eye contact when I tell them how much I am paid.” It’s a bleak assessment of the freelance world, but one that rings true.

Happy 25th Birthday, World Wide Web!

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 17, 2014

March 12th was the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, and to mark the occasion, the World Wide Web Consortium and the World Wide Web Foundation have created Webat25.org. The Web was first proposed by Tim Berners-Lee in March of 1989, as an “information management system” while working as a consultant at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. Berners-Lee is taking the anniversary as an opportunity to position global access to the Web as a basic human right, calling for a digital bill of rights. The World Wide Web Foundation has coordinated a Web We Want campaign to build support for “people’s online rights to a free, open and truly global web protected by law in every country.”

Getty Image Embed: A Murky Future

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 11, 2014

Stock image giant Getty Images announced that the company was making 35 million images free for non-commercial use via their image embed technology. As reported in the British Journal of Photography, Craig Peters, senior vice president of business development, content and marketing at Getty, states that the step was taken in recognition of the widespread infringement of their licensed images: “What we’re finding is that the vast majority of infringement in this space happens with self-publishers who typically don’t know anything about copyright and licensing, and simply don’t have any budget to support their content needs.” Getty’s terms of use raises questions about Getty’s plans to monetize the image embed player and it's not clear that the embed program will yield better compensation to Getty’s photographers or illustrators. Either way, it’s easy to envision that one repercussion of the program will be the continued devaluation of visual works as “content” which should be free.

New Guild Member Benefit: Tutorials by Joseph Caserto

Posted by Rebecca Blake on March 06, 2014

Guild member Joseph Caserto is offering his full range of classes on the online portal, Udemy, to Guild members at a generous discount. The coursework covers topics for creatives at all skill levels, from Adobe Digital Publishing Suite for Beginners, through InDesign TurboChargers and Create Your Own iPad and Android Publications. Guild members may access the discount code by logging into the Guild website.

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