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Eliminating the NEA: FastCompany Outlines What a Bad Idea This Is

Posted by Rebecca Blake on February 03, 2017

In late January, Donald Trump’s transition team informed White House staff that the President’s budget included steep cuts for a number of federal agencies. Among the cuts reported by The Hill, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities would be eliminated. The news set off alarms for arts advocates. In its article, “Defunding the NEA Would Be Incredibly Stupid: Here’s Why,” FastCompany pulls no punches in contesting the wisdom of that move.

Response Submitted to Copyright Office Reform Policy Proposal

Posted by Advocacy Liaison on January 31, 2017

The Guild joined the Coalition of Visual Artists in submitting a response to the policy proposal for reform of the Copyright Office, drafted by House Judiciary Chair Bob Goodlatte (R – VA) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D – MI). The proposal, released in early December, called for greater autonomy for the Copyright Office, the creation of an advisory committee, IT modernization, and creation of a copyright small claims tribunal. The response extended an in-depth discussion of a copyright small claims tribunal.

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.

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