ASIP Public Comment: Mass Digitization Pilot Program

October 9, 2015, U.S. Copyright Office

We oppose the creation of an extended collective licensing program at this time because the current state of extended secondary rights licensing in the US raises too many unanswered questions about who is receiving artists’ royalties and what the money is being used for.

Our questions start with the publisher-centric Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), which over the years has made contradictory statements about its licensing of visual art, does not pay royalties to artists and otherwise refuses to discuss the matter; and with the Authors Coalition of America (ACA), which was founded 20 years ago, apparently with CCC’s blessing, but without any representation by artists. Since 2003, ACA has acted as an umbrella for various writers’ trade organizations and graphic arts groups that divide visual arts royalties from certain overseas countries among themselves.

Unless something is first done to correct this pre-emptory collection of the earned income of American graphic artists, we fear that the imposition of extended collective licensing will only serve to institutionalize and further a system that allows third parties to profit from the growing stream of income that artists are cut off from. 

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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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Journal of Biocommunication Special Issue: Artists’ Rights

Volume 36, Number 1, 2010
Historic Rights Issues in American Illustration by Terrence Brown (PDF)
Perfect and Strengthen Your Copyrights 
by Cynthia Turner (PDF)
Artists’ Rights are Human Rights
 by Chris Castle (PDF)
Trojan Horse: Orphan Works and the War on Authors
 by Brad Holland (PDF)
Orphan Works Legislation—A Bad Deal for Artists
 by Bruce Lehman, Esq. (PDF)

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

by 12 American Illustration Associations

Presented to the 2006 General Assembly of the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organizations (IFRRO) in Auckland, New Zealand 2006.

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Reprographic Royalties

by Cynthia Turner

The Picture Professional, April 2007
American Society of Picture Professionals

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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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The 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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Brad Holland on Intellectual Property, interviewed by Steve Heller

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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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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