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"Association of Illustrators (UK) Takes Stand Against"
1999-07-16 until 1999-07-16
Graphic Artists Guild
USA United States of America
As of July 16th 1999 the Association of Illustrators [UK] will no
longer carry the advertising of any stock illustration house or
similar company producing royalty-free CD-Roms.This decision
has been taken as we believe the companies concerned are
creating a climate which is devaluing the work of illustrators and
threatening the long term future of the profession.
Traditionally the AOI has advised its members as to the value of
additional usage for commissioned work and of the importance
for illustrators in retaining their copyrights. We now see these
efforts being seriously undermined by the business practices of
the aforementioned companies. Specifically in the discounting of
We see the ever lower prices being quoted by stock houses as
undermining the pricing structure for commissioned work and
having a detrimental effect on all efforts to get fees raised. This is
most acutely evident in the case of royalty-free CD-ROMs where
all rights to an image are routinely being sold for as little as £4
We will be alerting all our members to the long term implications
inherent in handing over copyrights to the producers of these
CDs, and advising them of creator-controlled environments where
these exist as alternatives.
The Association of Illustrators is a member of the British
Copyright Council, the Design and Artists Copyright Society
(DACS) and the JECVA (Joint Ethics Committee for the Visual
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