2017 – The Year in Review

As we find ourselves in the first month of 2018, it seems both necessary and rewarding to look back on last year’s journey with Artistik License, along with some forecasting for the months ahead.

Collaborations and Partnerships

As legal consultants for the creative community, we have been privy to discussions on industry standards for payments, programming, curation, management, and other issues that affect creative businesses. By being on the fringe, we realized we had the potential to create a platform that could steer conversations about these issues, and bring them outside the close-knit inner circles of artists, business owners, and other stakeholders. So, after much planning, we kick-started our project, Artists’ Corner – a curated panel discussion series, seeking to explore issues affecting the different members of various cultural sectors.

We launched Artists’ Corner in Bangalore with our venue partner, Rooster Guitars, in April 2017, and travelled to Delhi in June 2017, to organize our second Artists’ Corner with our venue partner, Depot48. Both sessions were successes in that they were enormous eye-openers on subjects plaguing creative professionals in India. We could not have hoped for better partners in this endeavour, and are grateful for all their support. Our partners reflect what we are trying to instil in Artists’ Corner – a sense that the community needs to come together to find solutions to their problems, and that this begins with transparent discussions.

We look forward to organizing more discussions this year, and would like to explore more cities including Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Chennai. We welcome ideas and suggestions from you in this regard and urge you to have a look at our previous events to get a sense of what we’ve been upto.

Travel, Workshops, and Conferences

Our founder, Manojna had the opportunity to attend the innaugaral Arts Rights Justice Academy (or the ARJ Academy) organized at the University of Hildesheim, in partnership with UNESCO. The week-long workshop brought together artists and creative professionals from at-risk situations, to discuss mechanisms to protect and provide for artists living in conflict zones, as well as using their right to expression to address issues of socio-political justice. While we are yet to fix plans, we, at Artistik License, would love to participate in efforts and initiatives supporting the cause of artist rights and free speech – we are actively searching and would love to discuss the possibilities of working with artists and organizations dedicated to these causes.

Our legal and research associate, Tarini, participated in a fortnight-long summer school in Nagpur, organised by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). She had the privilege to learn and discuss relevant topics and highly debated issues in copyright, patent, trademark, and plant variety areas, from IP experts, lawyers, and government representatives.

We ended the year with our annual visit to IndiEarth XChange held in Chennai, organized by IndiEarth and EarthSync. We had the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful creative professionals from across the country.

Publications and Content

The Copyright Societies Monograph (or the CSM) was released in December 2017, under a creative commons licence. The CSM contains information about India’s copyright societies, as well as collection societies functioning in eight other countries. Besides this, it also includes a section of field work and another section with interviews from lawyers and legal scholars.

The CSM was compiled by our legal and research associate, Koka Tarini Siddhartha, and our colleague, Dipti Janardhana, with edits made by our editorial consultant, Aman Mahajan. The monograph was a big team effort for Artistik License, and the start of a more comprehensive project where we seek to better understand and recommend reforms to copyright societies and similar artist formed bodies. Do follow us to learn more about our plans for this project, and if you would like to download the CSM, you can always do so by using this link.

Besides the CSM, we rebranded our blog and are happy to bring you the Artistik License Magazine, which features original content designed to be of aid to all members of the creative community. It features interviews with creative professionals, tips to grow and plan businesses, basic legal and business concepts, film resources and recommendations. We also plan to do more with our social media project, Creatively Feminist, so stay tuned for that as well.

What can you expect from us in 2018?

This year, we’re focussing on being clean and lean. This means providing consulting services and support that is fuss-free. We want to make sure we address our clients’ needs, in keeping with technology and the challenges that new media brings. We also want to focus on empowering the creative community through educational initiatives and programmes that are simple, jargon free, and accessible. This year, we’re giving ourselves a little bit more flexibility and becoming location independent, so rest assured, we’re going to be travelling a lot more this year.

As always, we want to say thank you to all our clients, partners, mentors, and friends. We get to do some really satisfying and interesting work, courtesy, the faith you show in us. If you would like to get in touch with, please just email us at mailus@artistiklicense.org or connect with us through our pages on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest.


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