[consulting] Guilds vs. Unions

Alfredo Reyes alfredo.e.reyes at gmail.com
Mon Aug 10 21:27:25 UTC 2009

I was invited to join GAG by my employer, who was also in the regional GAG
leadership. This has left me with an appreciation of the sleight of hand
with which it maintains its legal standing as a union.
There is no "trend towards the eradication of intellectual property law" -
just the opposite, they are hardening the laws in response to digital
technology, and under the pressure from corporate owners of IP to increase
copyright durations.

The IP protection in the writers guild is in the form of residual payments.
This is a big part of its mission as far as I can tell.

On Mon, Aug 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM, Steven Scotten <steves at splicer.com> wrote:

> On Aug 10, 2009, at 1:22 PM, Matt Chapman wrote:
>  I don't know anything about the Graphic Artists Guild, but the Screen
>> Actors Guild and the Writers guild are in fact simply unions, in every way.
>> The are not 'trade associations' and they do not include employers, and they
>> have nothing to do with intellectual property protection.
> The Graphic Artist's Guild (of which I'm a card-carrying member) is indeed
> a union. I signed an affirmation that I derive more income from my own work
> than as the owner or manager of any business that profits by the buying
> and/or selling of graphic artwork.
> That does not prevent the GAG from lobbying against the trend towards the
> eradication of intellectual property law. As many graphic artists are
> freelancers and not on "work-for-hire" contracts, protection of copyright is
> an important issue to working artists.
> Just FYI.
> Steve
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