And there are many ways to make the most of it – to exploit it, some might say.
Making a living from illustration isn’t getting any easier. Negotiating the pitfalls of bad contracts and exploitative small print can sometimes make it seem like a fool’s game.
Luckily, awareness of the problem is growing, and you are not alone. Far from it, in fact – we’re here to help.
The Pro-Action Campaign and Liaison Group primarily represents the interests of commercial illustrators, helping them to protect their copyright and get just rewards for their creativity and hard work. But we’re also here to advise commissioners and publishers on agreeing terms that are in everyone’s best interests long-term.
To make a real difference we need your support and would like to hear your views. To find out more about what we’re doing to redress the balance between the creative community and the companies who use their work commercially, and to register your interest in our campaigns please endorse our online petition below.
The Pro-Action committee was established in 2006 by the Association of Illustrators and the Society of Artists Agents to deal with the problems facing illustrators in today’s market place. These include fee erosion, copyright grabs and the issuing of retrospective contracts from commissioners.
Pro-Action has challenged various companies on their contract practice. These include The Guardian, Future Publishing (Computer Arts) and Cambridge University Press. The latest company we have approached is Pearson Education Limited over their copyright assignment contract. These cases can be viewed by AOI members and SAA member illustrators, and cover the company’s response and Pro-Action’s recommendations for illustrators. Please contact your respective organisation if you have forgotten your passwords for viewing Cases.
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