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First Policy Proposal from Judiciary Committee Hearings Released

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on December 08, 2016

The Graphic Artists Guild welcomes the first policy proposal resulting from the Judicary Committee’s review of U.S. copyright law, released by House Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte (left) and Ranking Member John Conyers (right). The proposal hits upon many concerns raised by visual artists associations: the autonomy of the Copyright Office, modernization of the Office’s IT infrastructure, and copyright small claims reform.

Fairness for Small Creators Act Introduced

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on December 08, 2016

The Graphic Artists Guild applauds the introduction of H.R. 6496, the “Fairness for Small Creators Act” introduced by Representatives Judy Chu [D-NY] and Lamar Smith [R-TX]. The bill seeks the establishment of a “small claims system within the Copyright Office,” which would provide individual creators an affordable avenue to enforce their copyrights. Small rights holders, such as illustrators, graphic designers, and other visual artists, find the cost of the current system is prohibitively expensive, and are deterred from enforcing their copyrights. This is occuring as online distribution channels and technologies have facilitated rampant infringement of visual works, and as visual artists see income from licensing plummet.

DesignCensus: Respond to AIGA’s Comprehensive Survey of the Design Sector by December 16

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 30, 2016

Google and the AIGA have collaborated on a survey to map the educational level, lifestyle, and work habits of designers around the world. The survey is an extension of AIGA’s design survey, and was devised to understand “the complex economic, social, and cultural factors shaping the design practice today.” The survey will be open from December 1-16, and preliminary results will be published shortly afterwards. Designers are encouraged to respond by December 16.

Free Art Licensing Q&A with J’net Smith, December 14

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 29, 2016

J’net Smith of All Art Licensing is running her free Q&A on art licensing on December 14th. The session is open to designers, illustrators, cartoonists, and surface designers. Registrants can submit their questions in advance, and Smith typically covers 15-25 questions in each session. Because of the popularity of the sessions, participants are encouraged to register early to get their questions in the queue. Participants will also receive a free copy of Smith’s ebook, 20 Rules for Starting Your Art Licensing Business.

Judge Dismisses Photographer’s $1 Billion Case Against Getty Images

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 25, 2016

Photographer Carol Highsmith brought a lawsuit against Getty Images. Alamay, and other parties when she discovered they were invoicing users of photographs she had put into the public domain. Highsmith sued for $1 billion after she received an invoice from License Compliance Services on behalf of Alamy, accompanied by a letter claiming she was using one of the images without their permission. However, since her agreement with the Library of Congress gifted the images into the public domain, the judge presiding in the case dismissed many of her claims.

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