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ASMP Perspective and Action on Copyright Reform

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As the ongoing copyright reform process before the House Judiciary Committee moves to an important new stage, ASMP believes it is critical that members have a clear understanding of that process and the role our organization is playing in protecting the interests of small creators. I recently sat down with ASMP Executive Director Tom Kennedy and ASMP’S outside counsel Mike Klipper to get their perspective on what this really means for photographers and other visual artists and…

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Press Release: ASMP Applauds Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Cosponsor Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) Introduction of Small Claims Copyright Bill

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ASMP applauds the introduction by Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) and Lamar Smith (R-TX) of H.R. 6496, the Fairness for American Small Creators Act, which would create a small claims copyright board within the Copyright Office. The prospects for enacting small claims legislation in the new Congress of a small claims copyright process—ASMP’s top legislative priority—are enhanced significantly by the leadership and involvement of Representatives Chu and Smith, both members of the House Judiciary Committee which…

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House Judiciary Committee to Turn Attention to Reform of the Copyright Office and Creation of a Small Claims Copyright Tribunal

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Today, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and John Conyers (D-Mich.), ranking Democrat on the Committee, announced the next steps in the Committee’s multi-year review of the copyright law. Specifically, they issued the first of a number of policy proposals that will address components of their proposed legislative reform of the copyright act.  Of particular importance to ASMP members is the Committee leadership’s statement that reform of the Copyright Office should…

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Chapter Events Now Easier to Feature

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This week, ASMP launched a new event management module that makes it easier for our chapter leaders to post their events for display on the National ASMP Calendar and on the National Event Registration Page. This improvement to the website allows ASMP members to have access to chapter-level events and opportunities – both live and virtual. Features include the display of images, event descriptions, registration details, pricing, location maps, proofs and event contact details. We’ve also added registration processing features to facilitate…

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Mayor de Blasio Signs Freelance Isn’t Free Act into Law

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Cross-posted from blog.freelancersunion.org [by Laura Brockett Murphy] Yesterday, November 16, 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City signed the Freelance Isn’t Free Act into law. This starts the clock on a 180 day countdown until the Act goes into effect. Designed to protect freelance workers against nonpayment, the Freelance Isn’t Free Act mandates contracts for gigs paying over $800, and increases penalties for clients found guilty of late or nonpayment. You can learn…

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Personal Member Tribute to Chris Winton-Stahle

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Verbal Remarks to Family and Friends November 12, 2016 Richmond, VA Dance, dance, wherever you may be I am the lord of the dance, said he And I lead you all, wherever you may be And I lead you all in the dance, said he Christopher Winton-Stahle was one of my first students.  He remains one of my best. We met in August 2003 when Chris was enrolled in the Photographic Business Practices class I…

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Passing of Former Central Virginia Chapter President and Strictly Business Contributor, Chris Winton-Stahle

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It is with heavy hearts that ASMP announces the unexpected passing of former Central Virginia Chapter President and Strictly Business contributor, Chris Winton-Stahle, on November 2, 2016. Board Chair Statement When I first joined the National Board, nearly 6 years ago now, I was still trying to find my footing as a professional photographer. I knew that to be successful in my service I had more to learn about ASMP and the business of photography, but…

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Gordon Parks, photographer who chronicled African-American life, the focus of shows in Washington, DC and Berlin

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The National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC, has added 173 photographs by the American photographer Gordon Parks to its collection as part of an acquisition of 304 works from the now closed Corcoran Gallery of Art. Many of the works will be shown at the National Gallery as part of the exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-50 (11 November 2018-18 February 2019), which surveys his early work.

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Invitation to Participate in InfoTrends 2016 Professional Photographer Survey

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Attention Pros – Tell us about your use of equipment, technology, & future services – and be entered to win Amazon gift certificates InfoTrends, a leading market research and consultancy firm, is conducting a study with professional photographers to better understand their use of technology, future requirements, and new business services. The results will be used to determine the impact of digital photography on your business, and to identify opportunities and threats to help you…

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Statement of the American Society of Media Photographers on Departure of Maria Pallante as Register and Director of the United States Copyright Office

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[By Tom Kennedy, ASMP Executive Director] The American Society of Media Photographers[1] (ASMP) is saddened by the removal of Maria Pallante as Register of Copyrights and Director of the United States Copyright Office by the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden. During her tenure at the Copyright Office, Register Pallante was an outstanding public servant who was dedicated to the proper and fair operation of our constitutionally-based copyright system. Among other things, ASMP applauds…

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Copyright Alliance Statement on Today’s Changes in the Copyright Office Leadership by New Librarian of Congress

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In response to the October 21, 2016 Copyright Office announcement about leadership changes referenced below in Copyright Alliance press release, and as a Copyright Alliance member, Executive Director, Tom Kennedy, and ASMP outside counsel, Mike Klipper, are in communications with other members of the Copyright Alliance as well as other groups in the copyright community representing visual creators to discuss developments and a collective response. There are a number of intertwined issues that will affect the future of copyright reform,…

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