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Professional Issues & Legal Rights for Graphic Artists

The Primer Series

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Professional Issues & Legal Rights for Graphic Artists is one of three e-books in THE PRIMER SERIES published by the Graphic Artists Guild. THE PRIMER SERIES begins where your art school or college education left off. You've developed and honed the artistic and technical skills necessary to become a graphic artist, but you also need the business skills to make a living at your craft and the legal knowledge to protect your most important asset—your intellectual property. THE PRIMER SERIES will not only help you get started in the business world but will prove to be a useful resource that you can turn to again and again throughout your career. The series is invaluable to graphic artists who are self-employed, those who want to start their own design firm or studio, and those who want to sell or license their art. However, even artists working on staff will find useful information about trade practices within the industry that will make them better informed employees. 

Professional Issues & Legal Rights for Graphic Artists covers the often confusing issues that both self-employed and staff graphic artists encounter in the course of doing work for clients or marketing and selling their own work. Discussed in depth in the legal rights chapter is copyright—learning how to protect and register your own work as well as how to avoid infringing the rights of other creatives. U.S. copyright law is compared and contrasted with Canadian copyright law. Also covered are trademark and trade dress protection and how the law defines moral rights, fair practice, and work-for-hire. 

The chapter on professional issues includes sales tax, deductibility of artwork, employment issues, cancellation and rejection fees, working on speculation, and art competitions. Another chapter discusses how technology has impacted the graphic arts profession, especially how it has influenced professional practices, pricing, artists' health, and the labor market. Legal and ethical issues as they apply to digital art are also included. The final chapter provides useful resources and references—books, publications, professional and legal organizations, websites, national conferences and trade shows, etc.—that will help you continue to learn and grow as a professional. An appendix of model contracts and forms that you can modify for your own use and a glossary of terms are also provided.

Professional Issues & Legal Rights for Graphic Artists
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  • $9.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Design
  • Published: Mar 12, 2015
  • Publisher: Graphic Artists Guild, Inc.
  • Seller: Mint Associates Limited
  • Print Length: 343 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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