Small Claims Report

The Small Claims Report has been created to chronicle ASMP’s efforts to lobby Congress to adopt an alternative, straight-forward, cost-effective system in which our members and others can seek relief for the type of copyright infringements that have become all too common today—especially in the online environment.

Mike Klipper, ASMP’s outside counsel, and Tom Kennedy, ASMP’s Executive Director, will be posting articles and related documents, highlighting actions of the U.S. Copyright Office and those being taken on Capitol Hill to progress the establishment of a Small Claims Tribunal, which has been the focus of ASMP and other visual arts organizations.

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Small Claims Advocacy Campaign 2016: To download chapter advocacy materials for scheduling meetings with Congressional representatives, and participating in member letter writing campaigns in support of small claims bill legislation, please click here.

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To view full chronology of all Copyright Reform Action and Advocacy Alerts, click here.

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ASMP Member Participation Opportunities on Copyright Reform

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As we’ve been reporting in recent weeks, we are diligently working on getting the copyright reform issue reintroduced to the new Congress. Opportunities to be Heard – Please Participate! There are a couple of opportunities you have to make your voice heard on this issue by completing different online surveys. Survey #1: Provides input to the Library of Congress on the qualifications necessary for the new Registrar of Copyright (replacing Maria Pallante). We’ve provided a…

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The Association of American Publishers (AAP) Names Maria A. Pallante as President and CEO

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Cross-posted from newsroom.publishers.org Washington, DC; Jan. 12, 2017 – The Association of American Publishers (AAP) announced today that the former United States Register of Copyrights, Maria A. Pallante, will succeed Tom Allen who is retiring as President and CEO. Pallante, who will join AAP on January 17, 2017, is widely-known as an intellectual property expert with a distinguished record of public service. “Maria is a creative, forward-thinking leader who has earned the deep respect of…

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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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Advocacy Alert: Participate in Librarian of Congress’ Survey on Attributes of the Next Register of Copyrights

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As you know, on October 21, 2016, the Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, removed from the U.S. Copyright Office the Register of Copyrights, Maria Pallante—an outstanding public servant who was dedicated to the proper and fair operation of the copyright law and who had a keen understanding of the challenges faced by individual creators in protecting their creative works from infringement. Library of Congress Survey – Please Participate More recently, as she prepares to name…

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Five Questions with Photographer Lydia Bell

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Cross-posted from copyrightalliance.org Editor’s note: Please see Copyright Alliance interview below of ASMP member, Lydia Bell, that include her insight on the creative process  and comments on copyright infringement. This week we would like you to meet one of our Individual Creator Members, Lydia Bell. 1. What was the inspiration behind becoming a Professional Photographer? I knew immediately upon having a child that every moment I had with my daughter was going to fly by 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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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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ASMP Co-Hosts Copyright Q&A Session at the Antonin Scalia Law School of George Mason University

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Arlington, Virginia  ASMP, in conjunction with the Antonin Scalia Law School’s Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University, and the Washington Area Lawyers for Artists (WALA) hosted a panel discussion where Antonin Scalia Law School students responded to questions posed  by ASMP members.  The questions addressed pertained to DMCA Take Down Notices, posting content on social media, and classification of “work made for hires” among other issues.  Following the panel presentations, ASMP and WALA…

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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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