Today I thought I’d share a few things that seemed pretty important to me around the blogosphere, including a few really cool giveaways.
First up, have you heard about what is going on with John T. Unger? He’s an artist who’s got a large manufacturer suing him to overturn his own copyrights so that they can mass manufacture his art! Yes, you heard me right, they are suing him so they can copy and produce John’s copyrighted art. In the big scope of things, if all things were equal, John would almost surely win this case. However, he’s one small man up against a deep pocketed company who will likely try to keep this in court until John runs out of money and will surely win a default judgement, forcing John to give up the copyrights to the work that he originally created. You can, however, make a difference. Learn more about John’s story through his website (including how this ruling could affect you and your art, and how John plans on paying it forward for the help he gets with this case) or through this recent telephone conference at artbizblog, and read how this future ruling could affect your original art if the company was to win. How can you help John and defend art? Easy: post about this story. Post it on your blog, tweet about it with a link to his site, tell your friends on Facebook or other social network sites. You can also help support his defense fund: purchase his art, or just donate any dollar amount. What the artist is asking that we do not do is to contact the company directly on his part, or to badmouth them in posts, as this is an ongoing legal matter.
Next up: An Etsy artist who you might remember donated to the 31 Days of Halloween is going through some tough medical issues and with no insurance. This would make a great debate starter about whether this country needs to have national medical policies, but that’s not what I’m here for today. What I’m here for is to pass on the info that a fellow blogger is in need, and you can make a difference by helping out. Find out more about what’s going on and how you can help at her blog, Tea Towel Creek.
UPDATED TO ADD: Please check out and leave a comment on this video. This is a young man who’s family works with Mr.B. and he’s trying out for a new band that Tommy Lee from Motley Crue is putting together. This is a great kid, who’s worked hard to get where he is. Comments to his video will help get him noticed and believe me, this kid deserves the break. I’d consider comments left a personal favor. No pressure though. No really. ;O)
And lastly, here are a few giveaways that I’ve come across in the last few days. Have some fun, maybe win a prize :O)
- A new blog, Big Girl Bombshell, is having a giveaway three, signed first edition copies of the novel The Skye in June by June McDonald.
- Mrs.Evil from My Pretty Zombie is having an awesome cross-stitch kit giveaway. It’s definitely not your mother’s cross-stitch kit, lol!
- The Centsational Girl blog is giving away a $100 gift card to the Lisa Leonard store!
Stop in around noon, I’ll be posting a new giveaway today as well!