The association produces technical and legal publications that help printers in their everyday operations. The publications cover a wide range of topics from production standards and hourly costs to guidelines on copyright and currency reproduction. These publications are industry specific, and are meant to help printing companies understand and control operation costs, comply with intricate legal requirements, and focus on building managerial skills that will improve profitability. Our ongoing mission is to make accessible to our members source material that would otherwise be difficult to access.
What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished work. Section 1206 of the Copyright Act generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to do the following:
- To reproduce the copyrighted work in copies
- To prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work
- To distribute copies...of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending
- To display the copyrighted work publicly, in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, ...pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work.
- It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the Act to the owner of copyright. These rights, however are not unlimited in scope. Sections 107 through 119 of the Copyright Act establish limitations on these right. ...One major limitation is the doctrine of "fair use," which is given a statutory basis in section 107 of the Act.
A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient, and Effective Print, Third Edition, from Monadnock Paper Mills, Use natural resources more efficiently to produce printed communications.
Database on State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency - a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Electronic Waste Solution - Electronics Recycling and Disposal Center, dedicated to diverting electronics waste from landfills using methods recommended by the Department of Toxic Substances Control, the EPA, and the California Integrated Waste Management Board. FREE pick up available! Licensed by the State of California for both SB-20 (collection activity) and SB-50 (recycling/dismantling). If any company or organization seeks certificates that are valid with the State of California we have them available upon completion of transactions.
Environmental Claims: A Guide for Industry and Advertisers, from the Canadian Competition Bureau, addresses a number of commonly used green claims and provides examples of best practices on how such claims can be used by Canadian businesses to comply with the false or misleading provisions of the laws enforced by the Competition Bureau.
Glossary of “Sustainability” Terms, from Verso Paper, Some useful terms and concepts that you might not know.
Go Green: Making Sustainability a Reality in Your Business, a report from Kodak, Identify, analyze and act on information relevant to the sustainability of print and address the challenges and opportunities in timely and innovative ways.
Going Green: Outstanding Green Business Practices, This guidebook is designed to provide many perspectives and varying tactics on going green.
Greener Choices - Consumer Reports on Products for a Better Planet.
The Green GPS - The Printer’s Step-by-Step Guide to a Green and Sustainable Future, This guide focuses owners and top managers of commercial printing companies on the most critical steps to a green printing company.
Green IT Action Plan, from Info-Tech Research Group, Looks at a variety of green initiatives, describes how to measure cost savings, and outlines ways to market your initiatives internally and externally.
Green Vehicles - Info on green vehicles from the EPA.
Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims from the Federal Trade Commission, also administrative guidelines, are for US businesses to help comply with “truth in advertising” laws as they pertain to environmental marketing claims.
LADWP Solar Incentive Program - Save money with the LA Department of Water and Power by going solar!
L.A. County Smart Business Recycling Program - helps businesses reduce the amount of trash they generate and throw away – practices that will save your company money, conserve landfill space, and protect the environment by conserving natural resources.
The Lean and Environment Toolkit, US Environmental Protection Agency, Practical techniques and strategies to deliver environmentally protective lean decisions as part of your lean driven business operations.
The Paper Consumer’s Guide to Climate Change from Metafore and The Gagliardi Group, A simple, four-step process that organizations can follow from start to finish.
The Power of Perception, a survey from DMNews and Pitney Bowes, Steps printers and mailers can take to respond to consumers demands of greener direct mail.
Renewable Energy Consumer Protection Program - Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products.
San Bernardino County Small Quantity Generator Program- mobile hazardous waste pick-up disposal service
Southern California Edison Rebates and Savings - You really can save money by using energy efficiently. Find rebates and savings programs that are right for you.
Southern California Gas Company rebate program - Make energy-efficiency a priority at home and work. By participating in our rebate, incentive and training programs you can save energy, save money and help the environment.
State of Green Business - a report from Greener World Media, Reviews trends and developments of 2007, introduces the GreenBiz Index, and offers a selection of books, websites, reports and tools.
Sustainable Green Printing Partnership - Incorporating green business practices within the printing industry to provide environmental stewardship and corporate social responsibility.
Tools and Guides to Take Your Business Green - Whether you’ve just made the decision to take your business green or you’ve started on your journey and need some inspiration and/or help, you’ll find the tools and guides you need on the WhatTheyThink Going Green Reports, Papers, and Studies page. Here is the list of resources available:
What Can You Do to help Climate Change? - a helpful guide from the EPA about what every person can do to help.
What do those Recycling Numbers mean? - The symbol code we're familiar with was designed to allow recyclers to differentiate different types of plastics and to provide a uniform convention that manufacturers could implement nationwide.
Why Green Business is Good Business - A White Paper from Océ North America, Describes the increasing impact of environmental sustainability on production printing.