For the last few years Brad Holland, a pioneer of contemporary conceptual editorial illustration, has been on tireless mission: To insure that the existing copyright law is not altered in such a way as to erode the rights of artists in this electronic information age--an age, incidentally, where intellectual property is so highly prized that mega corporations seek the exclusive rights to use any art, regardless of creator, for their own profit. As a founding member of the Illustrator's Partnership Holland has become a true expert in copyright legislation. In his new role as advocate, he has spoken up for the rights of all artists, and he's been a witness before congressional hearings on the efficacy of retaining strict laws that protect the fundamental intellectual property rights of artists, illustrators, and designers.
Steven Heller caught up with Holland after one his many an exhausting periods of preparation another legislative battle, when they discussed the importance of retaining long-term copyright protection and the reasons why certain groups and industries are fighting to ease, if not abolish, copyright in the United States.
Thanks to Randy Hunt for co-production on this Broadcast.