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The Artist's Bill of Rights, by Don Schaefer

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Artists’ Bill of Rights is for everyone. formed in 2007 by a group of professional photographers under the direction of Gordon Harrison, who sought to tame the Wild West of internet rights-grabbing competitions. Artists Bill of Rights wished to create a venue that provided a safe place for all people to learn how to protect their creative work online. In addition to the many content harvesters who steal whole websites’ worth of images, many competitions require overly broad terms for entry that deny the creator a fair deal for the use of their images. Artists Bill of Rights provides information on how to minimize your exposure to those schemes, and they list competitions that meet fair standards. Online contests with onerous rules are either rights-grabbing venues or overly-cautious competition organizers who don’t understand copyright and fear lawsuits. We try to sort the wheat from the chaff and worked

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