In April we conduced our ninth trip since 2012 to Guangzhou, China to attend the Canton Fair and Jinhan Fair. The group of Art Copyright Coalition (ACC) members walked the shows hunting for illegal copies of artwork and confronting infringers. The good news is that infringements were at the lowest level we have seen since we […]
Newsflash, I lost the election (see blog ©hester for President) The “campaign,” such as it was, focused solely on Copyright Protection, a topic that actually did get some national attention. But despite what any official says, no single person can fix the problem; copyright protection is a team sport. Apart from our own efforts, over the […]
Wild Apple was thrilled to sponsor the VINS En Plein Air Festival last week. For the past couple of years we have been thrilled to sponsor the Vermont Institute of Natural Science En Plein Air Festival here in Vermont. It truly is a beautiful event bringing talented artists to our beautiful back door to paint in the remarkable beauty and diversity of the Ottauquechee River and the Connecticut Watershed.
Surtex is one of the most important art licensing shows of the year. It seems like everyone is headed to New York this weekend and we’ve been happily reading some incredible blog posts from amazing artists and designers who are getting ready for the show. Surtex is a pretty big deal so we polled our art […]
Orphan works are those whose copyright parents, i.e. owners, can’t be located, and therefore receive something of a copyright “pass” in potential penalties. It turns out that the fears were overblown in several respects, as described in an Art Copyright Coalition sponsored white paper by Joshua Kaufman.
Two years ago a group of us Art Copyright Coalition members began attending Chinese trade shows for the purpose of confronting copyright infringements. I admit I had doubts about whether the strategy would work, or just be a futile exercise trying to stop a tsunami. Remarkably, the strategy is working very well. Even though we […]
You may have heard that Alibaba is going public. In a big way, perhaps the biggest IPO ever. It boggles my mind that the world’s biggest facilitator of counterfeit goods is meeting with such investor acclaim. One of my jobs is working on copyright protection, both for Wild Apple and for the Art Copyright Coalition. […]
Under the premises that a) policing copyrights may be more effective from inside the Chinese system, and b) building sales in the fastest growing consumer market would be a good thing, Wild Apple for the first time exhibited at China Art & Frame Expo (CAFExpo) in Shanghai. I’ll admit, it was a bit overwhelming with […]