Intellectual property & Copyright crackdown

May 23, 2007 on 6:29 pm | In Art Industry | No Comments

As of last month, April 7th 2007, Trading Standards Officers now have new powers in the UK (excluding Scotland) to prosecute criminal offences relating to copyright – and this will obviously include the copyright of art images.

How is this enforcement going to happen? Well firstly the UK government is paying for 4,500 new ‘copyright police’ who will be carrying out raids across the UK as of April.

Secondly, following recommendations in December 2006’s Gowers Review of Intellectual Property, responsibility for this type of enforcement has moved from the Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) to Trading Standards Officers, giving them new power under Section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. It will also give £5 million to law enforcement agencies to tackle copyright infringement.

“From 6 April, there’ll be an additional 4,500 pairs of Trading Standards eyes watching counterfeiters and pirates,” said the UK’s Trade and Industry Minister, Malcolm Wicks. “This will mean more surprise raids at markets and boot sales, more intelligence, more prosecutions, and more criminals locked up.”

It will be interesting to see how this new legislation affects both buyers and sellers of art. This will obviously help stop the illegal copying of original art, limited edition & unlimited prints. When such ‘copying’ does take place, these images are often illegally put on other products e.g.: Clock faces, mats, posters etc or simply reproduced and sold as art ‘prints’.

I am personally not sure however how will effect things like the sale of mounted ‘cards’ and ‘magazine’ pages, being sold and more importantly ‘described’ as being art prints. I think this whole area is a bit grey and I’m not sure if the new Laws will affect the sale of that type of art. As far as my knowledge of the art business in concerned, that is the biggest ongoing copyright infringement that takes place.

Further reading can be found here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/02/13/more_copyright_police/
http://www.ipo.gov.uk/crime.htm
http://www.hm-treasury.gov.uk/independent_reviews/gowers_review_intellectual_property/gowersreview_index.cfm
http://www.copyrightservice.co.uk/copyright/uk_law_summary

thank you

Russell


Spring Fair 2007 report – Part 1

May 23, 2007 on 6:27 pm | In Art Industry | 2 Comments

Bit of a late one here but as I attended the Spring Fair in (4th – 8th February) I thought id mention something about it.

At last year’s 2006 fair, suppliers of glass, mount board and mouldings were doubtless pleased the demand for stretched canvas art had finally ‘peaked’ with frames and framing related art products having a much better look-in, and once again they featured heavily at this years Spring Fair 2007.

The stands of the major publishing houses were again displaying both framed limited edition art and also canvases but many of the prints and on canvas art had frames around them – time will tell how popular box canvas art (not requiring frames) stays.

I was also very impressed as usual with the Washington Green Fine Art and Demontfort Fine Art stands this year. I find it amazing that these things are actually exhibition stands and not real buildings – I stared in wonder at the stands for a moment before I looked at the Art work itself!

Although this point is open to some debate, ‘Male/ masculine’ art or shall we say art with colours and subject intended to appeal to a male target audience dominated the Art stands. Whole series of works had earthy brown tones and others had charcoal blacks and greys.

Ill post more on this shortly.

thank you

Russell


The ‘Summer Fair London’

May 23, 2007 on 6:23 pm | In Art Industry | No Comments

This new mid-year Art buyer’s event the ‘Summer Fair London’ is to be held at London’s Excel Exhibition Centre 17th -20th June 2007 and is the sister event to the more well known ‘Spring Fair’ and ‘Autumn Fair.’ The event has recently reported that more National (UK) and International exhibitors will be in attendance.

Some of the trade stand categories are to include: Art & card, Gift & Home Fashion and Fashion Accessories.

According to the ‘Summer Fair’ website:

“No other summer trade exhibition boasts such a mouth-watering line up of of international brands, many showing exclusively at Summer Fair London”

If you are in the Art trade, you can register now on the their website and get free entry, saving you £15.00.

thank you

Russell


Steve Townsend New Release – ‘Jasper’ Springer Spaniel

May 23, 2007 on 6:21 pm | In Dog Art, New Releases, Photorealism, Steven Townsend | No Comments

Steven Townsend one of the UK’s premier painters of Dog Art has produced another fantastic image which has just been released. ‘Jasper’ is the stunning image of a Springer Spaniel in the water at dusk.

Jasper by artist Steven Townsend

The detail on this picture has to be seen to be believed: the water and the reflection of the dog, the reflection of the foreground in the water is truly mind blowing, I guess that’s why many people mistake his work to be photographs.

Once again it appears the many hours Steven has put into his art work has paid off. It will be interesting to hear people’s comments on this picture, from artists and customers alike. I think this is easily the best painting I’ve seen of his of a Springer Spaniel.

thank you

Russell

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