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Gale Haut
10-09-2012, 01:54 AM
I'm excited about this!

Small Value Copyright Court Survey

The Copyright Office is soliciting comments from authors and creators regarding the creation of an alternate dispute resolution copyright infringement court within the federal district court system to enable rights holders to take meaningful action against infringers for claims of relatively small economic value, i.e. a “Small Value Copyright Court.”

The Graphic Artists Guild is conducting a survey of rights holders to collect information about your experiences with infringement and your input about how a simplified, lower cost court system for copyright infringement might work for you. Information gathered by the survey will be conveyed to the Copyright Office. This is your opportunity to engage in advocacy to benefit all American creators.

Click here to view survey (http://app.streamsend.com/c/17167769/1619/Mlp1MVi/g7i1lwr6ej?redirect_to=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.research. net%2Fs%2FBRJK7KM)

It will only be open for today.

10-09-2012, 02:05 AM
Guys, not that i'm paranoid, or anything, but I'm thinking some research is due before filling out this survey.

ETA: I/we (I hope :) ) are looking into it.

10-09-2012, 02:06 AM
Very, very, interesting.

10-09-2012, 02:16 AM
Okay, so this would appear to be a survey by the Graphic Artists Guild (https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/) (as opposed to the "study" by "Copyright Office."

The Copyright Office is soliciting information from authors and creators through professional organizations such as the Graphic Artists Guild. Our National Advocacy Committee prepared a survey of rights holders who have experienced infringement of their works. The survey asks how rights holders would like such an alternate court system to work. We appreciate your participation.

Perhaps I'm a little paranoid about online privacy? Perhaps not. :)

ETA: There wasn't anything other than, perhaps IP address of an individual identifying nature in the survey.

Gale Haut
10-09-2012, 04:56 AM
I think it's intelligent and respectable to be cautious.

The underlying issue has to do with how effective the current system is for IP infringement against individuals and small organizations.

The Graphic Artists Guild was solicited by the Copyright Office for information. Their response was to conduct a survey, which they will provide to the Copyright Office for the study.

Here is a link to the guild's privacy policy (https://www.graphicartistsguild.org/privacy/).

Here is another useful link for more information on the study from the copyright office's website (http://www.copyright.gov/docs/regstat032906.html).

The deadline for the survey is midnight. You'll need to act quickly if you wish to participate.

10-10-2012, 08:31 PM
The GAG is a very reputable professional group (similar to AAF/AMA). They produce the GAG Pricing & Ethical Guidelines book which is pretty much every designer's go-to.