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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.

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.

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