Always Learning – Copyright for Designers

A week or so without any assignments and I’m still trying to get used to it, lol πŸ™‚ At the same time, my head is swimming with about a thousand ideas on what I should do next – what do I want to do with my new skills? Where do I want them to take me? So many ideas! I definitely think I’m going to create some sort of business in the design/art area, but I’m not sure exactly what though… still some sorting out to do there.

One thing that did come to mind while I’ve been thinking about all of this, was an assignment I did last year around Copyright. Copyright should be a really straight-forward thing, i.e. don’t copy other people’s stuff, but sometimes things aren’t quite so simple.

This assignment was the first time I usedΒ InDesign, so it was ah, interesting… I can’t say I’m a huge fan of that program now though either… Anyway, for the assignment we had to write a one-page magazine article on ‘Copyright for Designers’. For the presentation of the article we had to find an article in a design magazine and duplicate their grid layout.

I chose an article from No Cure – one of my favourite art/design magazines πŸ™‚

Thankfully I worked out how to set up the grid without too much hassle. We had to include photos too – I used my own photos of my own drawings – easy way to avoid copyright issues πŸ™‚

Anyway, here is my article:

Copyright Links

Onto a not quite as exciting or interesting, but still important, study module now – Copyright.

It’s something that can seem a little confusing to begin with so I thought I’d share a few helpful links…

Australian Government: ComLaw (Copyright Related Documents)

Australian Government: IP Australia (Intellectual Property)

Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works

World Trade Organisation: Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS)

Australian Copyright Council

The Copyright Agency

Copyright Act 1968 (Australia)

Arts Law Centre of Australia: Copyright and Moral Rights