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    The subject of print documentation has not come up on this forum that I can remember. If you are selling limited edition prints you should be aware that many state laws require you to provide documentation of the edition. This is not the case if you are selling unnumbered posters as they are considered advertisements.
    Here is what the laws in CA says about the issue.
    General terms = CA Codes (civ:1740-1741)
    Actual law about print Docs sheets = http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/di...le=1742-1744.9
    Penaltys = CA Codes (civ:1745-1745.5)

    It would be safest that every shipment you send includes a piece of paper for each print being shipped stating.

    (1) The name of the artist.
    (2) If the artist's name appears on the multiple, a statement
    whether the multiple was signed by the artist.
    If the multiple was not signed by the artist, a statement of the
    source of the artist's name on the multiple, such as whether the
    artist placed his signature on the multiple or on the master, whether
    his name was stamped or estate stamped on the multiple or on the
    master, or was from some other source or in some other manner placed
    on the multiple or on the master.
    (3) A description of the medium or process, and where pertinent to
    photographic processes, the material used in producing the multiple,
    such as whether the multiple was produced through the etching,
    engraving, lithographic, serigraphic, or a particular method or
    material used in photographic developing processes. If an established
    term, in accordance with the usage of the trade, cannot be employed
    accurately to describe the medium or process, a brief, clear
    description shall be made.
    (4) If the multiple or the image on or in the master constitutes,
    as to prints and photographs, a photomechanical or photographic type
    of reproduction, or as to sculptures a surmoulage or other form of
    reproduction of sculpture cases, of an image produced in a different
    medium, for a purpose other than the creation of the multiple being
    described, a statement of this information and the respective
    mediums.
    (5) If paragraph (4) is applicable, and the multiple is not
    signed, a statement whether the artist authorized or approved in
    writing the multiple or the edition of which the multiple being
    described is one.
    (6) If the purported artist was deceased at the time the master
    was made which produced the multiple, this shall be stated.
    (7) If the multiple is a "posthumous" multiple, that is, if the
    master was created during the life of the artist but the multiple was
    produced after the artist's death, this shall be stated.
    ( If the multiple was made from a master which produced a prior
    limited edition, or from a master which constitutes or was made from
    a reproduction or surmoulage of a prior multiple or the master which
    produced the prior limited edition, this shall be stated as shall the
    total number of multiples, including proofs, of all other editions
    produced from that master.
    (9) As to multiples produced after 1949, the year, or approximate
    year, the multiple was produced shall be stated. As to multiples
    produced prior to 1950, state the year, approximate year or period
    when the master was made which produced the multiple and when the
    particular multiple being described was produced. The requirements of
    this subdivision shall be satisfied when the year stated is
    approximately accurate.
    (10) Whether the edition is being offered as a limited edition,
    and if so: (i) the authorized maximum number of signed or numbered
    impressions, or both, in the edition; (ii) the authorized maximum
    number of unsigned or unnumbered impressions, or both, in the
    edition; (iii) the authorized maximum number of artist's, publisher's
    or other proofs, if any, outside of the regular edition; and (iv)
    the total size of the edition.
    (11) Whether or not the master has been destroyed, effaced,
    altered, defaced, or canceled after the current edition.
    (b) If the multiple is part of a limited edition, and was printed
    after January 1, 1983, the statement of the size of the limited
    edition, as stated pursuant to paragraph (10) of subdivision (a) of
    Section 1744 shall also constitute an express warranty that no
    additional multiples of the same image, including proofs, have been
    produced in this or in any other limited edition.
    (c) If the multiple was produced in the period from 1950 to the
    effective date of this section, the information required to be
    supplied need not include the information required by paragraphs (5)
    and ( of subdivision (a).
    (d) If the multiple was produced in the period from 1900 to 1949,
    the information required to be supplied need only consist of the
    information required by paragraphs (1), (2), (3), and (9) of
    subdivision (a).
    (e) If the multiple was produced before the year 1900, the
    information to be supplied need only consist of the information
    required by paragraphs (1), (3), and (9) of subdivision (a).

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    If you are selling your prints through a gallery or other vendor then it is up to them to provide Doc sheets.
    I will try to post a sample Doc sheet later.

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    I haven't sold anything to anyone in California yet. Good to know. I hope this does not mean CA is after you about this right now?

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    Fascinating.

    I wonder what CA state agency is tasked with enforcing this?
    I'm sure their current budget is enough to fulfill this essential duty by bringing scofflaws to justice.
    The alternative is just too scary to contemplate.

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    Was this the result of a Ballot Measure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weaponsofmassdesign View Post
    I haven't sold anything to anyone in California yet. Good to know. I hope this does not mean CA is after you about this right now?
    I wonder if it's more like sales tax in that it's where the item is being sold from not where the buyer is located.

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    Nobody is after me but CA in not the only state to have these laws. NY has it too. I would imagine you should probably check with your states laws on this.

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    Nice to see that our politicians have fucking nothing better to do.
    Yes. That is me wearing a Borat thong in my avatar.

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    there's a print documentation certificate we use in the back of Screenprinting Today, the Basics. it covers a lot of the details in the rules. We didn't write it for some state law, but we do it because it enhances the print and provides provinence (sp?) to the owner(s) of the print, as well as tech info on the process, so people know how a print was made.
    It is also a great way to generate direct sales for the artist (because people can find the artist through the contact info) and for the printer - I have gotten many new print clients because they saw a print we did in a gallery, and were able to track us down from the certificate.
    Andymac

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    Maybe the API could issue hologram stickers to members like the ones the NFL puts on hats.

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