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Google Now Tags Images as “Licensable”: Is This a Game Changer?

By Copyright, Legal, Strictly Business Blog, TechnologyNo Comments

It is one of the most vexing questions photographers face: how do I prevent my images from being stolen when the web has made it so easy to find photographs? The answer we wish we had was that when an image is found online, it is also easy to find the photographer and the licensing info. Enter Google’s new Licensing Badge.  In recent years, Google has been collaborating with the image licensing industry to protect…

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Lynn Goldsmith Gets a “Fair” Shake in 2nd Circuit

By Legal, Strictly Business BlogNo Comments

On September 15, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in The Andy Warhol Foundation v. Goldsmith, a case that could have powerful implications for photographers’ ability to enforce copyright protections and license their works. (For more on this case, see our previous post here). What Are Oral Arguments Anyway? In an appellate court, the parties to a lawsuit can ask the court to hear oral arguments. It…

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Breaking News: New Register of Copyrights Named

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Today, the Librarian of Congress, Director Carla Hayden, named Shira Perlmutter the next Register of Copyrights and Director of the Copyright Office.  ASMP congratulates Register Perlmutter on her new position and applauds Dr. Hayden for choosing such a widely respected and renowned expert in both domestic and international copyright law. Register Perlmutter becomes the 14th Register of Copyrights and will assume her new post in late October.  She brings to the position a wealth of experience in copyright…

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PPP Forgiveness FAQ

By COVID-19, Legal, Strictly Business Blog, Town HallNo Comments

The Basics Is loan forgiveness automatic? No. You must request forgiveness through your bank or lender. Who do I request forgiveness from? You request loan forgiveness from the bank or lender who processed your loan. NOT the SBA. How should I use my loan proceeds to be eligible for Forgiveness? Under current SBA guidance: You must use at least 60% of funds for eligible payroll costs to qualify for full loan forgiveness, down from 75%…

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ASMP Strongly Condemns Judicial Order to Turn Over Protest Photographs

By ASMP Transition 2020, Current News, Legal, NewsNo Comments

The American Society of Media Photographers strongly condemns the July 23rd ruling by a King County, Washington Superior Court that attempts to force the Seattle Times and four other news outlets to turn over to law enforcement unpublished photographs and video of the racial justice protests on May 30th. The state court found that these organizations were not protected by “shield” laws that were designed to prevent such compelled delivery of reporters’ unpublished materials. This is flatly unacceptable. As…

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Come and Celebrate Tom Kennedy’s Retirement

By Message from Executive Director, NewsNo Comments
On July 3, ASMP Executive Director Thomas Kennedy will be retiring from his position after years of shepherding this organization and supporting its members from Capitol Hill, to all 38 chapters, and every place in between. But before we lament his (well-deserved) opportunity for a break, come and celebrate in a virtual get together this Thursday, July 2 @ 3:00pmET. Come and join as we celebrate Tom and his time here at ASMP! See you...
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Instagram Comes out Defending Artists – Update

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UPDATE June 24, 2020: The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York has granted Stephanie Sinclair’s motion for reconsideration. The Sinclair case garnered a lot of attention in the creative community when the court ruled that, Mashable’s use of photos from Ms. Sinclair’s public Instagram account did not amount to copyright infringement, even though Mashable had unsuccessfully tried to license the photos from Ms. Sinclair prior to their use and therefore…

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Same Court, Same Issue, Different Result? Instagram and Embedding Round 2

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Author’s Note: As you know, ASMP has been heavily involved in the Sinclair v. Ziff-Davis case from last month, and drafted a letter on behalf of the major visual creator groups asking for changes. We also provided more guidance here. You can see an update on what Instagram said regarding this just in the last few hours right here.  Not two months after the Sinclair decision, the United States District Court for the Southern District…

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Virtual Screening of Jay Myself with Live Q+A

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Important: ASMP Members can get a free ticket to this event by following the instructions below! On June 16 @ 8pm Eastern, Director Stephen Wilkes will join us for a live Q&A after streaming “Jay Myself,” a fascinating film about Jay Maisel and The Bank – a six-floor, 36,000 square foot, 100-year-old landmark building that sits on the corner of the Bowery and Spring Street.For decades The Bank was draped in mystery, graffiti-covered, with boarded-up…

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Safety While Shooting: The ASMP Guide

By COVID-19No Comments

At 3pm ET on May 13th, ASMP General Counsel Thomas Maddrey held a webinar entitled “Safety While Shooting: The ASMP Guide.” This page is the master article for links and materials related to ASMP’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic specifically focused on Health, Safety, and Legal matters. This will be the home for videos, documents, and future content about these topics. DISCLAIMER: This is ASMP’s evaluation of current best practices and guidelines related to both…

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