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The Guild Signs on to Comment Letter on Group Registration of Photographs

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on January 31, 2017

The Graphic Artists Guild with the Coalition of Visual Artists has signed on to a comment letter in response to a notice of proposed rulemaking issued by the Copyright Office. In the notice, the Copyright Office asked for feedback on proposed changes to the group registration of photographs. The letter submitted on behalf of the Coalition applauds the Copyright Office’s initiative in encouraging greater participation in the registration system by photographers, but raised concerns with some of the proposed changes. Of particular concern to Guild members, the letter raised issue with the exclusion of graphic artists from the group registration option.

“Women Who Draw” Directory Showcases Diversity in Women Illustrators

Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 19, 2017

An online directory of women illustrators is attracting a lot attention, and redressing a wrong. At first glance, “Women Who Draw” simply features work by women artists. But look a little closer: through dynamic filters, visitors to the site can cross-select women illustrators by ethnicity, sexual orientation, location (every continent is represented), and faith. Registered illustrators can select as many categories as they choose, and identifiers appear underneath the thumbnails of each artist. The result is a website which celebrates diversity in all its complexity.

Photography Associations Need Input on Group Registrations

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on January 11, 2017

Our colleagues at visual artists associations are requesting input from professional photographers on how they register their copyrights. The associations are responding to a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NOPR) from the Copyright Office on group registrations. To formulate their response, they’ve posted a short survey (which you can fill out below, or on the SurveyMonkey website). The results will be used to inform their response to the NOPR. Photographers are asked to respond by January 21.

Was Your Copyright Infringed Online? Copyright Alliance Survey Needs your Input

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on January 04, 2017

The Copyright Office has sent out a request for additional information from stakeholders on the DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act) safe harbor provisions. The DMCA provides creators and copyright holders a means to request that Internet service providers remove their infringed work from websites, file sharing sites, etc. The request is part of an ongoing study the Office is conducting. To formulate a clear response on behalf of creators, the Copyright Alliance is conducting a short online survey.

We Need Your Voice on the next Register of Copyrights

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on December 30, 2016

The Graphic Artists Guild needs the help of all visual artists, and all creators and copyright holders. Earlier this year, the Librarian of Congress removed the Register of Copyrights from her position. Now, instead of conferring with members of Congress and stakeholders, she’s decided to post a Survey Monkey poll, asking the general public to weigh in on the “knowledge, skills, and abilities” the new Register should possess. So we’re asking all visual artists, and all who rely on a strong copyright system, to respond to the Library of Congress’ survey. We’ve posted model responses you can cut-and-paste, or base your own answers on.

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