Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 15, 2016
A report issued in mid-January by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) concludes that the arts make a substantial contribution to the US economy – 4% of the GDP (gross domestic product), or $698 billion. The report summarized the first in-depth study by the federal government of the impact of the arts and cultural sector to the GDP. The results indicate that the arts are a bigger driver of the US economy than previously assumed. For example, results showed that in 2012, the arts contributed more to the US economy than construction or transportation and warehousing, and that for every 100 new jobs created by the demand for the arts, an additional 62 jobs were created.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on January 11, 2016
Artist Richard Prince has made a career out of rephotographing others’ images, earning the ire of photographers and artists. This practice led to an ultimately unsuccessful copyright infringement lawsuit by photographer Patrick Cariou. In that case, the court weighed in favor of Prince, agreeing that for the most part, his appropriation of Cariou’s photos was “transformative” and falls under fair use. This year, Prince is being sued once again for infringement, by photographer Donald Graham. And this time, experts agree that a fair use defense by Prince will have a much dimmer chance of succeeding. The outcome of this case could clarify further the limits of fair use protection in the cases of art appropriation.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 29, 2015
Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 28, 2015
Canadian illustrator Eric Kim reported that his illustration of pro wrestler Randy “The Macho Man” Savage was pirated by apparel company Freeze Central Mills Inc. When Kim contacted Freeze and requested a fee of $1,500 for the use of his image, Freeze returned an offer of only $350. Even worse, they told Kim that he “was in trouble with the WWE (Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment)” since he was violating the copyright of the image. Not only was Freeze incorrect on the copyright issue, they apparently have a history of violating intellectual property rights.
Posted by Rebecca Blake on December 15, 2015
Creative Mornings, the global network of free breakfast talks on creativity and technology, posted a wonderful freebie for creative professionals during the month of December. The “GIF Channel” is a wall of GIF animations on themes relevant to freelancers and agency staff: waiting for feedback or payment, finishing a long project, or searching for motivation. The organization curated a collection of GIF animations, and has invited viewers to share a GIFt with their clients.