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The CASE Act – A Primer

By CASE, Copyright, Copyright Reform, Legal, Member Benefits, Member Resources, NewsNo Comments

On Sunday, December 27, 2020, the President signed into law a bill that includes the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement Act (the “CASE Act”). This enactment marks the culmination of a decade-long effort by ASMP and others in the creative community to create a venue where photographers and other creators can protect their rights. Read on to learn about the CASE Act, and know that ASMP will be leading the way in helping this…

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PRESS RELEASE: The CASE Act Is Now Law; ASMP Thanks Supporters

By Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Reform, COVID-19, Current News, Member Benefits, News, Press ReleaseNo Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 28, 2020 Contact:Thomas Maddrey, ASMP General Counselmaddrey@asmp.org The CASE Act Is Now Law; ASMP Thanks Supporters New Forum for Small Copyright Disputes Helps All Photographers and Creators The multi-year quest by the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) and its allies in the creative community to create a small claims tribunal has reached a successful conclusion. Yesterday, the President signed into law the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020…

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PRESS RELEASE: ASMP Celebrates the Congressional Passage of the CASE Act

By Advocacy, Copyright, Copyright Reform, COVID-19, Current News, Member Benefits, News, Press ReleaseOne Comment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2020 Contact:Thomas Maddrey, ASMP General Counselmaddrey@asmp.org ASMP Celebrates the Congressional Passage of the CASE Act New Forum for Small Copyright Disputes Helps All Photographers and Creators Washington, D.C., December 21, 2020 – The American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) is delighted that the CASE Act has passed both the House and Senate chambers and is on its way to the President’s desk for signature into law. The Copyright Alternative in…

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Baron Wolman (1937-2020)

By ASMP Foundation, ASMP Legends, Current News, Obituaries, Press ReleaseNo Comments

Author’s Note: I first met Baron Wolman on September 4, 2018 after being introduced by ASMP National Board Member Gabriella Marks. That introduction was one of the most important I have had over my lifetime. In the last 2+ years, I had the privilege to work with Baron, but more importantly, had the opportunity to get to know an incredible man who was full of life and love right to the very end of his…

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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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