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Graphic designers: is your copyright going cheap?

Date: Tuesday 18 January 2005
Time: 5:00 to 7pm

The Design Council
34 Bow Street

28 of 108 places available
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If you’re a graphic designer, you’re probably used to giving away the rights to your work for free, whilst those working with you – photographers, illustrators, advertising agencies – gain income from licensing their work. Why is this, and what can you do to negotiate contracts in a way that's advantageous for your business? How should the industry change?

Design law expert Margaret Briffa will offer an overview of the key legal issues, together with a guide to negotiating the kind of contract clauses that will enable you to profit from your work on a long-term basis.

Michael Johnson, director of johnson banks, will give an insight into his experience of clients, creativity and copyright issues, whilst Maxine Horn, CEO of the British Design Initiative will discuss the BDI’s latest industry survey results and how re-negotiating contract terms are imperative if the design industry is to be rewarded adequately for its work.

Background on the speakers:

Margaret Briffa, Briffa and Co. www.briffa.com
Margaret and her firm have been involved in many key design law cases, and she is co-author of 'Design Law', published by The Law Society in 2004.

Michael Johnson, johnson banks, www.johnsonbanks.co.uk
Author of the best-selling 'Problem Solved: a primer in design and communication' (Phaidon Press, 2002), Johnson was named president of D&AD in 2003 and his firm have won awards from D&AD, Design Week and the Art Directors Club of New York.

Maxine J Horn, British Design Initiative, www.britishdesign.co.uk
British Design Initiative was set up in 1993 to bring a focal point to the UK design industry. Today it represents over 4000 UK design agencies and more recently has opened up a graduate membership and a University membership to marry innovation & design resources to industry.

This is an Own It event in association with Briffa, the British Design Initiative, johnson banks and the Design Council.


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