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2013: Laying the Groundwork for Copyright Review

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 23, 2014

In “A Look Back at Copyright Review in 2013,” Terry Hart of the Copyright Alliance outlines the groundwork which could provide a basis for a fundamental review of US Copyright Law. In March of 2013, Register of Copyrights Maria Pallante issued a call for a comprehensive overhaul of US copyright law. The House Judiciary Committee on the topic made copyright review a high priority, and scheduled numerous hearings throughout the year. Other government agencies were also very active in the copyright review arena. The Department of Commerce released “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation on the Digital Economy”, which gave a substantive review of copyright law. The Copyright Office also released two reports on copyright issues, one recommended the establishment of a small claims court, and a second which recommended the establishment of a resale royalty on original works of fine art. 2014 promises to continue to be an active year in copyright review.

Is that a Cell Phone in Your Leotard? — How Superheroes Use Social Media

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 30, 2013

Ed Shems, the illustrator behind EdNedFred (and former Boston Guild President), has answered a question for today: How would superheroes use social media? Shems’ answer spans the world of social media, from picture sharing to status updates. For example, in the superhero universe, Batman pauses during a particularly satisfying bust to take a selfie, Superman is outed as Clark Kent when his cell phone responds to a text from Lois, and Spiderman (poor Spidey!) doesn’t have many Facebook Likes.

Too Close for Comfort: the Pitfalls of Designing your Own Identity

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 27, 2013

Jord Riekwel, the proprietor of the design firm Larkef in the Netherlands, has written a thought-provoking article on the pitfalls of designing your own logo. Although he is a logo designer by trade, Jord discovered that he was at an impasse in designing his own identity. His take-away: “Invest money in good design. Hire a proper logo designer, web designer, copywriter, or photographer. You won’t regret it.”

Doodle Alley: Sustain Your Creativity

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 26, 2013

Illustrator Stephen McCranie has published a wonderfully illustrated treatise on nourishing your creativity. Brick by Brick is a cartoon of advice on developing habits and practices to sustain a creative life. The publication was borne of McCranie’s desire to catalog what he had learned during his first couple years as an illustrator. He soon realized that what he was writing “… wasn’t a book about how to create, it was a book about how to be a creator.” Rather than cover the nuts and bolts of being an illustrator – practical advice on getting published, for example – Brick by Brick seeks to give artists the emotional tools they need to thrive in a difficult career.

The Digital Hearth: Yule Log 2.0

Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 24, 2013

The Yule Log, that broadcast of an endless loop of a crackling fire that first played on WPIX-TV in New York City in the 1960s, has become a beloved holiday cliché. After having been cancelled for a number of years, Tribune Broadcasting brought back the broadcast, and numerous knock-offs have been spawned. The most creative is Yule Log 2.0, a collection of short films and animations submitted by both up-and-coming and well-known artists curated by animator and illustrator Daniel Savage.

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