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an - the Artist's Information Company (Artist's Newsletter)

Artist's Newsletter magazine holds a lot of professional practice information on its website, much of which is specially commissioned. Most is accessible via a fee-paying subsciption of a minimum of £5 (for one month's access.)

Their 'practical guides' section includes a number of factsheets on IP issues for artists including contracts, copyright and licensing.

Art Monthly

The UK's leading magazine of contemporary visual art, features interviews, profiles on rising stars, up-to-the-minute coverage of trends from independent critics

Artlaw Archive

Online archive of Art Monthly magazineís renowned column on art law, with numerous features on IP. The site also offers legal information and listings with particular relevance for visual artists, craftspeople and photographers.


Artquest is a comprehensive advice and information service for London's professional visual artists and craftspeople.

As well as information to cover all aspects of an artist / craftsperson's career (including studios, deadlines dates, materials, articles on getting an exhibition and becoming self-employed), the site has a dedicated section on IP issues and lists law firms and legal advisors. Certain listings are also relevant to photographers. 

Arts Advice

Careers advice for the creative industries, including visual artists. Their copyright section offers a basic guide to copyright issues for artists.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development agency for the arts. Between 2003 and 2006 Arts Council will invest £2 billion of public funds in the arts in England, including funding from the National Lottery.

Their vision is to promote the arts at the heart of national life, reflecting Englandís rich and diverse cultural identity.

British Arts

Web resource for all ART matters

British Photographers' Liaison Committee
no website

Tel: +44 (0)20 7739 6669
Fax: +44 (0)20 7739 8707

Provides advice and information for photographers on copyright issues, and publishes ABCD of Photographic Copyright.

Content supplied by our partner Artquest.

Collaboration and Ownership in the Digital Economy (CODE) Conference

A site documenting the renowned international conference on Collaboration and Ownership in the Digital Economy (CODE) held at Queens' College, Cambridge, 4-6 April 2001.

The conference featured key thinkers, creators and policy-makers in software, law, economics, the arts and sciences to ask critical questions about collaboration, copyright, authorship and the public potential of 'cyberspace'. The conference papers, together with video footage of a number of the presentations, are archived at the Arts Council of England.

Copyright Service

The UK Copyright Service is an established specialist in the area of copyright registration, and protects thousands of works by individuals and companies. This can be used as evidence of copyright and proof against future claims and disputes.

Check the website for a brief guide to UK copyright, frequently asked questions, copyright links and details of how to register your work.

Crafts Council

The Crafts Council is the UKís national organisation for the promotion of contemporary crafts. Established in 1971, we are an independent body funded by the Arts Council England, responsible for promoting fine craftsmanship, encouraging high standards and increasing public awareness of contemporary crafts and applied arts.

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.

Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture

Dear Images: Art, Copyright and Culture
by Karsten Schubert (Editor), Daniel McClean (Editor)

A respected compilation of 24 specially commissioned essays with selected case material addressing the complex intersection of copyright, culture and technology, and how it affects contemporary art practice.

The contributors are a diverse mix of leading legal, academic and artworld professionals, and topics include clear guides to copyright, provocative and detailed studies of 'future' issues such as 'artists as brands', and legal disputes involving artists such as Cai Guo Qiang, Chisto and Jeff Koons.

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.

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.

Guide to Licensing Copyright in Schools

Many artists and designers also do some teaching work on the side. If this includes you,  you'll need to be aware of copyright and licensing issues specific to education.

Issues covered include the broadcasting of audio and video (eg within school plays),the photocopying of images, music or textbooks, or recording radio or TV programmes for educational use.

The site is oriented more for schools (rather than Further or Higher Education) but the same principles apply.

InterChange Studios

Established for 25 years, InterChange is a unique multi-functional charity that provides access to services for the disadvantaged across the spectrum of social services, health promotion, education, arts and media under its principal charitable objective and traditional victorian purpose, 'the relief of poverty'. It will sustain and expand the 120 year history of community use at Hampstead Town Hall.

The largest area of expansion will be for the provision of special facilities and opportunities for talented young Londoners and disabled children.

The Visual Artists Business & Legal Guide

The Visual Artists Business & Legal Guide
by Gregory T. Victoroff (Editor)

A comprehensive resource for visual artists covers a host of professional practice issues, including copyrights, licensing and merchandising, and includes a number of sample contracts together with commentary from lawyers on negotiable and controversial clauses.

The authors include a number of prominent arts lawyers.

Book recommendation from our partner, the Enterprise Centre for Creative Arts.

Your Creative Future

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


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