Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Hilarious Politics

So I never take any political stance but this is simply hilarious. Apparently, the Obama campaign has called upon artists across the US to participate in a poster design competition. The theme of the competition has to do with the Obama administration's promotion of job growth in the upcoming years. The kicker is that this is an unpaid gig. If you do happen to win, you get a copy of your own poster signed by the president, valued at 195 bucks. If you fail to win, you have still given up your copyrights of the images entered as they become property of "Obama for America." In addition, the rules state (according to the Graphic Artists Guild):

“Entering the contest means that you agree to the contest rules, and indemnifying the committee is part of the rules, so you agree to defend the campaign committee and yourself against an infringement claim at your expense.”

Here is an article on the issue.


  1. Makes me want to move to Canada.

  2. Its funny, I used to be one of those people who bitched and moaned all the time about American politics and thought "I should just move to Canada." Then I met my wife and did. The best part about living here is that you are far more likely to get into an argument over the taste of a particular beer than a religious or political debate. Plus I get free health care from our "evil socialist overlord", which is an added bonus.

  3. It's not really politics, it just that mega corps have that art isn't a valuable product.

    Google pulled the same bs, and it's not like they are strapped for cash.

    Artists will be treated like dogs as long as they beg for scraps.

  4. You should check out the Illustrator's Partnership/Orphan Works Act Blog. What Jesse mentioned about Google trying to rip-off artists was somewhat covered in that too. Part of the theory behind their plans was that, "all art created belonged to all of the people;" why should big companies have to pay for the use of it? Never mind that most illustration rates have actually gone down since the '70s.

    And the Graphic Artists' Guild is useless anyway. When I needed their help in a legal matter, I found out their lawyer was also the same go-to lawyer for the publishing companies in NY- a bit of a conflict of interest. Of course, GAG also tried to sue the Illustrator's Partnership for revealing that GAG had been pocketing royalties from Europe, rather than sending them to the American artists who were supposed to receive the money.

    Yeah, artists have no protection in America.

    I hope the "Obama for America" group doesn't expect any professional artists to submit work under those conditions. I guess it depends if you could claim your own value for the work, and claim the donation of copyright as a tax deduction.

  5. In the words of that great sage and social commentator Bugs Bunny: “What a bunch of maroons.”