Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 15, 2016
In her article, “Your © is More Than CMI,” attorney Leslie Burns goes into greater detail on how to effectively use the copyright notice, and why doing so is such a good practice. First, Burns explains that the copyright notice must include the copyright symbol, the date of publication, and the copyright owner’s name. She then explains that if an infringer uses a work that had a copyright notice removed, the infringer can’t claim “innocent infringement.”
Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 09, 2016
The ico-D Platform Meetings were held late August in Pasadena, CA, providing an opportunity for members to meet and discuss the work of the organization’s professional and educational workgroups. As head of the workgroup on National Design Policy, the platform meeting was both an opportunity for me to connect with international designers, and the culmination of a lot of hard work.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 06, 2016
A national design policy is a systemic and strategic government plan to support its design sector, develop design resources, and utilize those resources to achieve various ends. A design policy can attempt to develop a national brand, increase the global economic competitiveness of a country’s exports, raise design education standards, encourage small and medium-sized businesses to invest in design, leverage design thinking to find sustainable solutions to public sector problems, etc.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 29, 2016
n every election year since 2004, AIGA has conducted a "Get Out the Vote" poster campaign. The campaign solicits designs from AIGA members for posters urging citizens to vote. The posters are then made available to the public for free download and printing under a Creative Commons license. None of the submissions reference a political party or candidate, and AIGA’s submission guidelines stipulate that the posters must be non-partisan. In a fraught election year characterized by negative campaign messages, the belief in “the power of design to motivate the American public to register and turn out to vote” is heartening.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 03, 2016
The Copyright Alliance has published an open letter to the 2016 political candidates, advocating for a strong copyright system and a safe and secure Internet. The letter asserts that strong copyrights protect free speech by “...preserv[ing] the value and integrity of what one creates,” and that protecting copyright is complementary to Internet freedom. The letter also warns that entities claiming to be pro-creator are funded by online platforms and have worked to block efforts to protect creative content from infringement and piracy.