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declaration of unity

GAG Lawsuit Dismissed: Decision Vindicates Artists, Validates American Illustrators Collecting Society
April 18, 2011, New York Supreme Court

A judge dismissed all claims in a million-dollar defamation and tortious interference lawsuit brought by the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) against the Illustrators' Partnership of America (IPA) and five named individuals. GAG alleged that IPA had interfered with a "business relationship" that enabled GAG to collect orphaned reprographic royalties derived from the licensing of illustrators' work. GAG alleged that efforts by IPA to create a collecting society to return lost royalties to artists "interfered" with GAG's "business" of appropriating these orphaned fees. The judge ruled that statements made by IPA were true; that true statements cannot be defamatory; that illustrators have a "common interest" in orphaned income; and that a "common-interest privilege" may arise from both a right and a duty to convey relevant information, however contentious, to others who share that interest or duty.
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VIDEO: An Evening with Bruce Lehman
Webcast from Society of Illustrators (SI)
New York - February 21, 2008
Sponsored by ASIP and SI
Q & A about illustrators' reprographic rights and their right to remuneration.
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declaration of unity

Declaration of Unity
by 12 American Illustration Associations
presented to the 2006 General Assembly of the
International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO)
Auckland, New Zealand 2006
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reprographic royalties

Reprographic Royalties
by Cynthia Turner
The Picture Professional, April 2007
American Society of Picture Professionals
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First things first

First Things about Secondary Rights
by Brad Holland
Columbia Journal of Law & The Arts
published by the Columbia University
School of Law
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art of copying

Art of Copying
A Guide To The Incorporation Of Visual Material In Reprographic Licenses
International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organizations (IFRRO)
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listen to Brad Holland

Brad Holland on Intellectual Property, interviewed by Steve Heller
Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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artist to audience

From Artist to Audience -
How Creators And Consumers Benefit From Copyright And Related Rights And The System Of Collective Management Of Copyright

A joint publication by Mrs. Tarja Koskinen-Olsson, in consultation with the three organizations; International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC), International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations (IFRRO), World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
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