Briefly Stated 11.20.20

Briefly Stated 11.20.20

DON’T GIVE UP! Congratulations to Jessica Baran, who described herself as “thrilled, humbled, and bewildered” after being named a 2020 Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grantee. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. She won a whopping $30,000 in the short-form writing category. On Twitter,…

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Fan Art: I’m Cool With It, But Is The Law?

Fan Art: I’m Cool With It, But Is the Law?

By Sabrina Siddiqui Rutgers Law School Juris Doctor Candidate 2021 Social media and other online content-sharing platforms have undisputedly broadened access to all kinds of content and bolstered both fan-based and independent discussion and creation. From original works such as stories on websites like FanFiction or Archive of Our Own to digital fan art of Marvel characters on Instagram or…

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It’s Not Unfair; It’s Transformative

It’s Not Unfair; It’s Transformative

By Sabrina Siddiqui Rutgers Law School Juris Doctor Candidate 2021 Laws on copyrights and trademarks are meant to protect the interests of those who have ownership of the rights to them. For example, someone who, without a license (read: permission), disseminates part of a film on an online forum could face legal consequences such as being liable for copyright infringement…

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Briefly Stated 11.13.20

Briefly Stated 11.13.20

MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT Unless Congress acts during its lame duck session, millions of Americans will see their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits expire on December 31, and many mixed income artists will begin 2020 without enough money to pay their rent or buy groceries. A relief bill could fix the problem that left many creatives unable to access…

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MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

MIXED EARNER RELIEF CAN’T WAIT

Unless Congress acts during its lame duck session, millions of Americans will see their Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits expire on December 31, and many mixed income artists will begin 2020 without enough money to pay their rent or buy groceries. A relief bill could fix the problem that left many creatives unable to access full unemployment benefits under the…

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Briefly Stated 11.6.20

Briefly Stated 11.6.20

EVERY ARTIST INSURED For artists, the challenges of obtaining and maintaining health insurance often are exasperated by their relatively low incomes, episodic work, and high rates of self- and part-time employment. The pandemic has made these challenges even more daunting. But the Affordable Care Act still provides an opportunity to obtain health insurance with full benefits at a reasonable cost.…

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Briefly Stated 10.30.20

Briefly Stated 10.30.20

EVERY ARTIST INSURED Despite years of political wrangling and multiple court challenges, the Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Open enrollment on HealthCare.gov begins on November 1 and runs through December 15 (for coverage beginning January 1, 2021). There are more health plan options in St. Louis City and St. Louis County this year. Preview plans…

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