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Professional Artists League

Educational Outreach

Work-For-Hire Primer for Educators

For design and art schools today, the issue of work-for-hire should be front and center on the agenda.  Sadly, the “business” of being a professional artist is routinely overlooked when it comes to “educating” young creatives about their chosen career path(s).  Simply put, a student’s ultimate success as a professional depends equally as much on how well he understands contract negotiation as he understands how to layout a page, prepare a canvas, or select the correct aperture.

It is our belief that students, staff, business leaders, parents, and community members should all be well informed of copyright and work-for-hire legalities.  In the final analysis, professional creatives of all mediums bear the responsibility of educating themselves and their colleagues about issues that affect their livelihoods.

An understanding of work-for-hire as described in section 101, page 7 of the U.S. Copyright Act gives teachers, administrators, professionals, and students a great deal of power.  This resource guide and the resources available at StopWorkForHire.com and ProfessionalArtistsLeague.org are designed to help educators and creative professionals make the best use of that power.


Download our outreach pamphlet. Chapter 7 >>