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Based on requests from members of the MICA Senior Class and Faculty, campus buildings will have one additional evening of 24/7 access after finals are completed. Buildings will now stay open 24/7 through the evening of Monday, May 9th and will begin closing at 11:00 pm on the next day, Tuesday, May 10th. Seniors are encouraged to take advantage of these special hours on the 9th to complete Commencement Exhibition installations, and should be aware that beginning on Tuesday through Commencement weekend, buildings will be open from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.
A news release from The Illustrators Partnership of America:
Last week the New York State Supreme Court, New York County, dismissed all claims in a million dollar lawsuit brought by the Graphic Artists Guild (GAG) against the Illustrators' Partnership of America (IPA) and five named individuals. In the lawsuit, GAG asserted claims for defamation and interference with contractual relations, alleging that IPA had interfered with a "business relationship" GAG had entered into 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.
In her decision, Judge Debra James ruled that statements made by the Illustrators' Partnership and the other defendants 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.
Regarding a key statement at issue in the lawsuit: that GAG had taken over one and a half million dollars of illustrators' royalties "surreptitiously," the judge wrote:
"Inasmuch as the statement [by IPA] was true, [GAG]'s claim cannot rest on allegations of a reckless disregard of whether it was false or not. Truthful and accurate statements do not give rise to defamation liability concerns." (Emphasis added.) And she noted: "The plaintiff Guild has conceded that it received foreign reproductive royalties and that it does not distribute any of the money to artists."
Labor Department filings provided as evidence to the court document that between 2000 and 2007, GAG collected at least $1,581,667 in illustrators' reprographic royalties. GAG admitted to having collected similar royalties since 1996. GAG's officers have repeatedly refused to disclose how much money their organization has received to date or how the money has been spent.
DUTY AND COMMON INTEREST
The judge concluded that this situation justified an assertion of common interest by IPA. This means that "the party communicating [relevant information] has an interest or has a duty" to convey that information truthfully to others "having a corresponding interest or duty":
"The duty need not be a legal one, but only a moral or social duty. The parties need only have such a relation to each other as would support a reasonable ground for supposing an innocent motive for imparting the information. Here the plaintiff Guild's factual allegations demonstrate that the defendants' statements were both true, and fall within the parameters of the common-interest privilege." (Emphasis added.)
We hope this decision will end the two and a half years of litigation during which GAG pursued its claims against IPA and artists Brad Holland, Cynthia Turner and Ken Dubrowski of IPA, as well as attorney Bruce Lehman, former Commissioner of the US Patent Office and Terry Brown, Director Emeritus of the Society of Illustrators.
All defendants were participants in a public presentation sponsored February 21, 2008 by 12 illustrators organizations. The presentation was disrupted by GAG's officers and their attorney. A videotape of the event proves that statements which GAG alleged to be defamatory were made only in response to GAG's intervention, and that until that time, no speakers had mentioned GAG or GAG's longstanding appropriation of illustrators' royalties.
Last year, on January 12, 2010, Judge James issued a prior ruling dismissing nearly all of GAG's causes of action. This left only a claim asserted by GAG against Brad Holland. But in a response filed with the court February 4, 2010, attorney Jason Casero, serving as counsel for IPA, pointed out that GAG's remaining claim rested on an allegedly defamatory statement that Holland never made. When confronted with evidence, GAG was forced to admit it had "inadvertently attributed" the statement to Holland.
GAG subsequently filed new motions in an effort to revive its claims against IPA and the other defendants. Last summer the judge consolidated GAG's multiple motions and on April 18, 2011, she dismissed all ten causes of action against IPA and all the defendants.
REPROGRAPHIC RIGHTS AND ORPHAN WORKS
GAG served the lawsuit on IPA October 10, 2008, seven days after Congress failed to pass the Orphan Works Act of 2008. The Illustrators' Partnership and 84 other creators' organizations opposed that legislation. GAG had lobbied for passage of the House version of the Orphan Works bill. Mandatory lobbying disclosures document that GAG spent nearly $200,000 in Orphan Works lobbying fees.
In our opinion, the issues behind the lawsuit are greater than whether an organization should be allowed to benefit from the millions of dollars that, collectively, illustrators are losing. We believe the reprographic rights issue is linked to both orphan works legislation and the Google Book Settlement, which Federal Judge Denny Chin dismissed on March 22, 2011.
Each of these developments involves an effort by third parties to define artists' work and/or royalties as orphaned property, and to assert the right, in the name of the public interest or class representation, to exploit that work commercially or to appropriate the royalties for use at their sole discretion. So far, judges have affirmed that copyright is an individual, not a collective right, and that unless one explicitly transfers that right, no business or organization can automatically acquire it by invoking an orphaned property premise. Now the challenge for artists will be to see that Congress does not pass legislation to permit what the courts have so far denied.
We'll have more to say about this issue in the future. For now we'd like to conclude by thanking our attorney Jason Casero, who provided us with a strong, incisive and heartfelt defense; his law firm, McDermott Will & Emery, which provided us with his services; the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of New York and its Director Elena Paul. We'd also like to thank Dan Vasconcellos, Richard Goldberg, and the over 700 artists and illustrators who in 2008 signed a petition asking GAG (unsuccessfully as it turned out) to drop the lawsuit; the support of so many colleagues was a great tonic at a low time. Finally we'd like to thank the representatives of the 12 organizations that comprise the American Society of Illustrators' Partnership (ASIP). ASIP is the coalition organization IPA incorporated in 2007 to act as a collecting society to return royalties to artists. - Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner for the Board of the Illustrators' Partnership
Below you'll find the schedule for the final portfolio reviews, held on Tuesday 4/26 and Thursday 4/28. Please be 10 minutes early for your time, bring your portfolio, business card and a promo/leave behind piece. I'll post these schedules on the bulletin board outside of the illustration office and you'll see some blank time slots; feel free to pencil yourself in to these slots for any reviewer on any day if you are so inclined. Good luck!
Tuesday (4/26) Portfolio Review Schedule:
SALLY WERN COMPORT ROB WOOD
12:45 Yu Jin Joh Chris Molnar
1:00 Rosa Chang Chrisi Atha
1:15 Ian Jackson Hyo Joung Park
1:30 Solange Quarshie Heather Danforth
1:45 Qing Zhuang Janna Morton
2:00 Jimmy Malone Leslie Chung
2:15 Meghan Walsh Lauren Davis
2:30 Cara Levy Hope Meyers
2:45 Kelsey Hopkins Mika Nakano
3:00 Jie Hye Lee Qing Zhuang
THURSDAY (4/28) PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE
GREG HARLIN ALEX CASTRO
12:45 Brittany Roger Steven Johnson
1:00 Kathleen Marcotte Cailin Nealon
1:15 Juliannna Brion Jacqueline McNally
1:30 Gaby Gonzalez Alex Lasher
1:45 Kristin Hughes Nick Iluzada
2:00 Kelly Miller Brittany Holloway-Brown
2:15 Nicole Scerra Nick Kalivas
2:30 Erin Watson Kate Brooks
2:45 Brittany Holloway-Brown Chrisi Atha
3:00 Jacqueline McNally
3:15 Clarice Jones
3:30 Nargol Arefi
PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE THURSDAY 4/28
DAVE INSCORE GREG FOERTSCH
12:45 Sam Gauss Kat Berkley
1:00 Erica Scheff Abby Boeh
1:15 Clarice Jones Sam Gauss
1:30 Abby Boeh Erica Scheff
1:45 Diana Skelly Clarice Jones
2:00 Jenna Croarkin John Ward
2:15 Peter Yeager Diana Skelly
2:30 Ari Brown Jenna Croarkin
2:45 Peter Yeager
3:00 Ari Brown
THURSDAY 4/28: PORTFOLIO REVIEW SCHEDULE
JOAN HILTY REBECCA BASTIAN
12:45 Lucy Liu Sarah Straub
1:00 Pio Canlas Dain Suh
1:15 Colin O’Connor Kristin Nohe
1:30 Rebecca Mock Sarah Machicado
1:45 Emma Maatman Jillian Yoffe
2:00 Qing Zhuang
2:15 Gaby Gonzalez
Since we are going to be hanging the Senior Show in Brown 3 & 4 this week, we needed to revise our presentation schedule for Portfolio, Website, Promo Piece, Business Card, and Resume. The new schedule is:
-Ian Jackson -Qing Zhuang
-Sam Gauss -Mika J. Nakano
-Meghan Walsh -Chris Molnar
-Pio Canlas -Heather Danforth
-Jie Hye Lee -Rosa Sungji Chang
-Yu Jin Joh -Lauren Straughn
-Hyo Joung Park -Jimmy Malone
-Lauren Davis -Hope Myers
-Cara Levy -Sarah Supik
-Chris Colletti -Rebecca Mock
-Chrisi Atha -Solange Quarshie
-Lucy Liu -Janna Morton
-Jillian Yoffe -Abby Boeh
-Ari Brown -Diana Skelly
-Clarice Jones -Dain Suh
-Alex Lasher -Steven Johnson
-Erin Rae Watson -Nicole Scerra
-Brittany Holloway Brown -John Ward
-Jacqueline McNally -Kelly Miller
-Kathleen Marcotte -Julianna Brion
-Nick Kalivas -Stephanie Devino
-Colin O’Conner -Sarah Straub
-Kristin Nohe -Kristen Hughes
-Emma Maatman -Nick Iluzada
-Peter Yeager -Erica Scheff
-Jenna Croarkin -Cailin Nealon
-Gabriella Gonzalez -Sarah Machicado
-Kate Brooks -Brittany Roger
The MICA Undergraduate Illustration Department, Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Career Development, and the Department of Alumni Relations are bringing four esteemed MICA Illustration Alumni back to have a discussion on what it's really like after graduation. This roundtable discussion will be held in Brown 320 on Thursday, March 24th from 2pm-4pm. Our alumni guests are:
-Alyssa Nassner -Illustration '10: Alyssa has begun a small business called Small
Talk Studio which specializes in fun home goods and paper products and
her clients include:
Mars Supermarkets, Chronicle Books, Dwell Studio, UPPERCASE Magazine,
Weldon Owen, Private Eyes Undies, Ink Garden, Canadian Family Magazine,
Maryland Institute College of Art, MTA Baltimore. Alyssa has also had
exhibitions including the Post-It Show at Giant Robot 2010, Illustration
Next at Case[werks] 2010.
-Annie Wu-Illustration '10: Annie's work has been recognized by Spectrum
17, the Society of Illustrators 2009 Student Competition, American
Illustration TRIBUTE, and Adult Swim for a few weird seconds. Clients
include DC Comics, ELLE Magazine, Lacrosse Magazine, Coca-Cola Brazil
-Jess Neil-Illustration '08: Jess is currently working as a graphic designer for
Anthropologie in Philadelphia, previously she worked for Spur Design in Baltimore, MD.
-Sam Bosma-Illustration '09: Sam's work has been featured in Society of
Illustrators Annual, Spectrum, American Illustration (all award
competitions), and his illustrations have been in The New Yorker,
PlanSponsor, Seattle Weekly, Gulf Life, Cicada, Muse and more.
Both sections of Senior Seminar will be attendance for this event, but there will be at least 25 more seats available for any MICA students who would like to attend. See you Thursday!
The Assignments for Senior Seminar are as follows:
1) A completed list of contacts, including a specific individual name, company name, address and phone number, email address. A list between 15-50 is reasonable, depending on your personal goals and objectives.
2) Your portfolio finished and ready to show in TWO forms. The first will be a presentation portfolio for face-to-face meetings. It must be clean, professionally crafted, and presented in a bound fashion.
The second form of portfolio will be a digital portfolio, on a CD or Flashdrive with your work in both a high and low-resolution form. The high rez form would be preferably a .jpg file with the largest dimension no bigger than 12 inches. The image size should be 300 dpi. Or size 1024 x 768. The second form should be a 72 dpi format saved as jpgs.
3) You will submit finished copies of your promotion piece at the time of your presentation. (About 20) The printing method on these will be for you to decide, but if you choose not to use a commercial printer like Modern Postcards or Overnight Prints, they must be of professional quality. You need to turn in at least 15 promotion pieces that will archived by the department.
3) You will write a personal business plan. The guide for you to form this plan will be provided in class and available on my blog (http://allancomport.typepad.com)
4) Last, there will be a final paper, brief in nature (3-5 pages) that will be chosen by you based on an area of particular interest to you. It must have to do with Illustration in the broadest sense, and is required to include an interview with an industry professional in some fashion.This may be submitted to me in either hard copy or digitally.
On the day of your Portfolio/Website presentation in Seminar you should have with you:
-Your printed Portfolio
-Resume on your letterhead
The rest of your materials (database, paper, business plan) will be due no later than APRIL 28.
The Deadline: March 25, 2011
Eligibility: Work by undergraduate and postgraduate students done in calendar year 2010
Prizes: $1000 Best of Show & cash-value prizes.
Details at: 3x3mag.com/callforentries.html