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Update on Freelance Isn’t Free: NYC Mayor Signs Bill into Law

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on November 18, 2016

In a bright ending to a tough year, Mayor Bill DiBlasio of New York City signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act into law on November 16. The law is the first of its kind in the nation, providing legal recourse for freelancers to pursue clients for non-payment. The law requires that employers supply freelancers with a contract for projects with a value greater than $800, and pay freelancers within 30 days of the submission of an invoice. The law also prohibits clients from extending an offer of payment lower than the agreed-upon fee. The law will go into effect in May of 2017.

Illustrator and Lawyer Collaborate on Law & Artist Videos to Inform Graphic Artists

Posted by Rebecca Blake on November 08, 2016

In a bi-coastal collaboration that benefits artists, illustrator Mark Monlux (Seattle) and attorney Daniel Abraham (New York) have been producing Law & Artist, a library of videos on legal issues of interest to illustrators and designers. The videos are short, ranging from three to 12 minutes in length. Notably, they tackle some thornier areas of confusion, or bring to light considerations which are often overlooked. The information is peppered with examples pulled from case law.

Relief for NYC Visual Artists: Freelance Isn’t Free Act Passes Unanimously

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 31, 2016

On October 27th, the New York City Council unanimously passed groundbreaking legislation supporting freelancers: the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act.” Introduced by Councilman Brad Lander last December, the act redresses the growing trend of non- or late payment experienced by 71% of New York City freelancers, according to a survey conducted by the Freelancers Union. The bill requires employers to make payment within 30 days after a freelancer renders a bill, and gives freelancers recourse through the Department of Consumer Affairs or through small claims court to enforce their rights.

Two New Guild Member Discounts: Art Licensing Services & Products, and Brush Calligraphy Workshop

Posted by Rebecca Blake on October 28, 2016

We have two new member discounts to announce! J’net Smith of All Art Licensing has extended to Guild members a generous 25% off of her art licensing products and services. Guild members receive $40 off Missy Briggs’ basics of brush calligraphy workshop November 19th in Miami, Florida. To retrieve your discount codes, log in to Member Central (upper right corner of our website), and visit our Member Discounts page.

Statement on Removal of Registrar of Copyrights by Copyright Alliance

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on October 24, 2016

On October 21, Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, announced the removal of Maria Pallante as Registrar of Copyrights. With small copyright claims legislation introduced in the House and copyright law under review, the change in Copyright Office leadership comes at a sensitive time. The Guild is working with other creators’ associations to formulate an appropriate response, and to advocate for greater protection for visual artists. The Copyright Alliance, of which the Guild is a member, released a statement that expresses our concerns.

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