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ACID (Anti Copying In Design) is a membership trade organsiation and action group created to combat the growing threats of plagiarism in the design and creative industries.

Membership fees are based on the annual turnover of your business, and a free legal advice and a design registration service is offered to ACID members. ACID recently won a landmark copyright case on behalf of Nouveau Fabrics, a Yorkshire-based design and upholstery firm.

Association of Illustrators

Membership trade association which advances and protects illustrators' rights. Full members are able to access a dedicated hotline for copyright and other legal advice.


BECTU is the independent union for those working in broadcasting, film, theatre, entertainment, visual art, interactive media and allied areas who are primarily based in the United Kingdom. It offers various IP-related services to members including personal copyright advice, a script registration service and a copyright information booklet.

Brand Licensing trade fair

Europe’s largest brand licensing trade fair is held annually in London.
The site offers numerous links to exhibitors, allowing a snapshot of the licensing industry and multibillion pound global market for licensing artwork, illustrations, animated & other types of characters, movie-based licensing, products, photographs, brand extensions etc.

British Design Initiative

Membership-based trade organisation for companies and freelancers across all design disciplines. The site is aimed as an information resource for designers, and also a guide and 'introduction service' for those commissioning design professionals.

The BDI offer guidelines, practical briefing and evaluation templates, and IP information created to bring a greater degree of professionalism and clarity to client/designer relationships, chiefly by making it clear what the foundations are for specific business relationships, and who should expect what from whom.

The BDI is currently extending its links with a range of sector-focused trade associations.

If you are not a design agency and not a member of the BDI, you may subscribe to their Professional Pitch and IPR documentation for a £300 license fee.


Centa Business Services is a not for profit business support organisation. Centa has over 21 years' experience in providing impartial advice and hands on support to small businesses; from securing finance, to mentoring, training, innovating and developing ideas.

Creative Capital Platform Three

Advice and information service for London-based artists and arts professionals. Advice, career development and up-to-date information on services and resources in the capital.

Creative People

CreativePeople is a national network providing information, advice and guidance to support all those who work in arts and craft industries in making the most of their careers. New knowledge and skills can greatly enhance your ability to earn a living.

The CreativePeople network offers you a wealth of information on resources and events: workshops, conferences, courses, mentoring schemes, critical appraisal services and online toolkits.

Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS)

Advice from DACS is to members only (currently costing £25 for lifetime membership). DACS also collects and distributes royalties and licenses copyright under the direction of the artist/designer who is a member, and has agreements with other artists/designers copyright organisations worldwide to protect the copyright of artists and designers in international territories.

DACS is a not for profit organisastion.

More information on copyright-related issues can be found in the DACS Fact Pack. To obtain copies phone the Membership Enquiries Line on 020 7553 9050.

This information has been provided by our partner, Artquest.

Design Council

The Design Council demonstrates and promotes the role of design in the UK via campaigns, research and development and a range of support services.

The easy-to-use website contains a comprehensive section on intellectual property, as well as case studies and lots of useful information about all aspects of design and the design process, written from a variety of perspectives.

Duly Noted

Duly noted is a brand new online Copyright Registration and back-up service, providing protection for creative works and their authors. Secure, affordable and easy worldwide copyright registration, plus a back-up service for subscribers to securely hold their valuable creative works.

Using the latest in fingerprint technology, Duly noted can ensure that once a work is registered with them, not only is it safely secured, but it cannot be tampered with; so in the case of an infringement case being brought, Duly noted can guarantee the authenticity and date of when the work was registered.

EYE Magazine

Eye, the international review of graphic design, is a beautifully designed and printed quarterly magazine based in the UK: essential reading and viewing for graphic designers and other professionals in the art and business of visual culture.


Helping Inventors: From patent protection, design and development, concept visualisation for presentation, prototyping and marketing know-how, Innovate help individuals to get their ideas off the ground.

Inspired Recycling

Provides tailored assistance for designers, inventors & entrepreneurs wanting to design and manufacture products from recycled materials.

National Union of Journalists

The NUJ, which represents freelance writers, journalists, photographers and illustrators within its remit, provides a free two hour advice service to members who have problems with copyright and IP issues.


Salon is a deaf artist-led grant-aided non-profit organisation, working in partnership with mainstream arts professionals and voluntary members across the South-East region.

Their mission statement is: 'to boost the professional development of deaf and hard-of-hearing visual artists through making art, critical debate/peer critique, and skills exchange'

Sessions Online Schools of Design

Graphic design schools, web site graphic design, multimedia design training, digital arts school and business marketing design programs.

SkIN (Skills Intelligence Network)

A network for East-London-based practitioners of urban music, new media, graphic design, event management and creative writing. Offers opportunities for learning, networking events and 'business therapy'.

Society of Artists' Agents

The Society of Artists' Agents seeks to promote the use of illustration and to unify and improve the working practices between illustrators, agents and clients. They produce an annual directory of illustrators called 'Originals', and runs an award ceremony.

The website contains a useful terms & conditions page which can be used as an outline for contractual negotiations between illustrator and client.

Your Creative Future

Your Creative Future Guide to education and career opportunities in the creative industries.


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